Cindy Crushes Programming: Tissue Paper Painting
Like all good things lately, this is a craft I saw on Tiktok. After trying it myself, I realized you need to practice making the before and test your tissue paper. I decided, after some trial and error, not use the spray bottle water technique. Your mileage may vary. Read on for more detials.
- Colorful tissue Paper
- Paint Brush
Step by Step Instructions
- Color with a crayon the part of your canvas where you do not want to painted. White crayon works well for this. This is, by the way, called creating a resist.
- Dampen the canvas with water.
- Brush the tissue paper with water and place on canvas where you want the color to dye it.
- Brush water on top of tissue paper when it is on the canvas as well.
- Finish this process across the canvas and let it dry.
- Pull off the tissue paper when mostly dry to reveal your results.
One of my teen’s painting while in progress to show you what it looks like. Red turned out to be a very strong color.
Thoughts: This is a fun craft, but I had mixed results. You want to make sure your tissue paper is fresh and is very colorful. One way we fixed it on the day of was since the green did not take, we used a crayon afterwards. Some colors are easier than others. You could also use watercolor paper instead of a canvas.
Here’s a tutorial on YouTube to give a brief overview of the process from S&S Worldwide:
Have a blank canvas and need more ideas of what to do with it? We got you – er, we got your canvas – covered!
About Cindy Shutts
Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she talks programming every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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