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Tissue Paper Painting: 3 Creative Colour Techniques!

Tissue Paper Painting: 3 Creative Colour Techniques!

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If you’re looking for new ways to get creative with colour for your little ones, then here’s a fun technique to try at home, that’s easy for all abilities and ages to get stuck into: tissue paper painting! The fabulous Carla Bagshaw has put together three fun projects designed to spark their imaginations and busy their hands… and these techniques needn’t just be reserved for little crafters! You could use tissue paper painting to create a vibrant mixed media background, a colourful cardfront, and more.

You Will Need:

Please Note: Tissue paper stains, be sure to wear an apron and protect surfaces!

Geometric Doodle:

This technique is perfect for little ones, and also a little gem for adults who enjoy creating art, home décor or cards!

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Cut out a hexagon (I downloaded and printed one from the internet). Use it as a template, and cut out several shapes from different coloured tissue paper.

Tissue paper painting tutorial step

Place one of the tissue pieces onto your canvas (if you want a deeper colour, wet your canvas first) then use your paintbrush dipped in water, and paint the back of the tissue paper.

Tissue paper painting tutorial step

Continue to add pieces of tissue this way over your canvas in your desired pattern.

Tissue paper painting tutorial step

Allow it to dry for ten minutes (so it is just damp). This gives the tissue a chance to bleed into the canvas. After ten minutes, remove the tissue paper from the canvas to reveal a watercolour effect background.

Tissue paper painting tutorial step

Leave it to dry completely. Then use a pigment pen to doodle artwork onto the canvas! Your designs can be as simple as scribbles, or detailed works of art! The effects are so stunning… and so easy to achieve.

Completed project

Wax Resist:

Here’s a fun way to add a twist to a standard art project!

Take a piece of paper or a canvas (card is easier for little ones, it will warp with the water, but can be framed later, and will flatten under weights) and use a wax crayon and draw a picture or scribble. It’s hard to see the white wax on white paper, so you might have to turn it to the light, so that it shines.

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Next, tear up lots of pieces of tissue paper in different sizes; don’t worry about it being neat, just have fun! Take a piece of the torn tissue, and place it on the paper. Use a paint brush dipped in water, and ‘paint’ the piece of tissue. Keep adding pieces of tissue until you have covered the whole picture.

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Leave it for ten minutes to dry, then carefully remove each piece of tissue, revealing a beautiful water colour picture, made by clever little hands! Frame it up and keep it as a keepsake.

Completed project

Silhouette Art:

Here’s another fun way to produce an art design with a vibrant backdrop – add your own stand-out silhouettes!

Tissue paper painting tutorial step

Take some coloured tissue paper and tear it into different sized shapes. Place a piece of tissue onto your canvas (or card) and dip your paintbrush into water, paint the piece of tissue paper with water so it is fully covered, and then add more pieces of tissue until the whole canvas is covered. Set it aside to dry a little (approximately ten minutes). Use this time to cut around your silhouettes, so they are ready.

Tissue paper painting tutorial step

Remove your damp tissue paper to reveal a gorgeous watercolour effect background! Then all that’s left to do is place your silhouettes onto the canvas using a glue stick… it really is that simple!

Completed project

The scope for these fun tissue paper painting techniques is huge – and it’s a fantastic way for children to get involved in producing and designing their own unique and colourful collection of art!

Looking for more creative ways to keep the kids busy? Check out the rest of our crafty ideas and projects for little hands and big imaginations, right here!

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