Bleeding tissue paper art is easy to work with and gives a wonderful watercolor look. Techniques vary, but all work well and make for beautiful artwork.
Bleeding tissue paper art is probably something that you may have seen before. Specifically, a kid's projects come to mind for me. It wasn't until I came across the painting Birds on Canvas, from Crafts by Amanda, that I realized how beautiful and versatile this technique could be.
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How to Make a Bleeding Tissue Paper Art Tray
I found this sturdy tray at a thrift store. The shape was great, but not the color so I spray painted it a nice gray color. I thought it would be a great base for a painting.
So I cut a piece of watercolor paper to fit.
Amanda suggested wearing gloves, and I'm glad she did because the tissue paper comes off on your hands pretty easily.
I cut out some basic flower shapes to use as a template but you could probably just draw your own right on the tissue paper.
For this project, you need to buy Bleeding Tissue Paper not wrapping tissue paper.
I started by using Amanda's method of wetting the base. Then crumpling the tissue paper, setting it around the base paper and wetting it more with a paintbrush and then removing it.
This made a nice background for my painting.
Next I placed a leaf and painted over it with water.
When I lifted the leaf tissue up, it left a nice watercolor print. Now, I know I said I wanted a watercolor painting, but for some reason, the day I made this painting, I fell in love with the tissue and decided to leave it on the painting.
You see in addition to Amanda's wonderful post, I watched this video by Leona. In this video, she uses water with glue and leaves the tissue on the paper.
So, in the end, I ended up using a couple of different techniques.
It was super fun and creative. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Once the painting dried I added a touch of black marker to outline and give a little definition to the flower and leaves.
Then I used Mod Podge to glue it to my tray. I stopped at local hardware store and they cut me a piece of Plexiglas to place on top.
Then my husband helped by placing a bead of clear caulk around the back and sides, to protect the painting from any spills.
I'm thrilled with how well it turned out.
I can't decide if I want to give it as a gift or keep it for myself.
- Bleeding Tissue Paper
- Watercolor Paper
- Mod Podge
- Cut a piece of watercolor paper to fit your tray.
- Cut out some basic flower shapes on the tissue paper.
- Wet the base, then crumple the tissue paper.
- Set it around the base paper and wet it more with a paintbrush.
- Remove it.
- Place a leaf on top and paint over it with water.
- Let the painting dry.
- Add a touch of black marker to outline the flowers and leaves if desired.
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