Tissue Paper Painting
What you will make:
Tissue paper painting is an easy technique for making colorful tissue paper.
Simply pleat a piece of tissue paper and paint the folded edges. Repeat the
process once or twice to create an even more exciting design. White or
pastel-colored tissue paper may be used. The dye in some colored paper may run
when wet, but this can be considered part of the design. The painted tissue
paper may be used to wrap packages, line envelopes, to cover a notepad, and in
greeting cards, suncatchers, collages, and much more.
Note: The tissue paper will become fragile and easy to tear when wet.
Children will probably need help with the unfolding step, or they may tear
their creations. You may also want to experiment with different
brands of tissue paper, since some will work better than others.
Tissue paper painting is great for family, classroom or group craft time. Everyone will love the results.
It requires no more preparation than the gathering of materials.
Here's what you need:
- Tissue paper (white or colored)
- Paint (watercolor, poster or acrylic)
- Optional: Ironing board, surgical gloves.
- Bulldog clips or a chip bag clip
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Do Tissue Paper Painting
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Pleat Tissue Paper
Cut a large sheet of tissue paper into quarters or smaller pieces. Make an
accordion pleat. The pleat
can be in any direction—horizontal, vertical, diagonal, radiating from one corner or edge. Just be sure
to fold the paper back and forth to form the accordion pleat, and keep the folded edges on both sides even.
Folds that are from 1" to 2" deep work well.
You can fold the paper in half or quarters before making the
- Step 2: Paint Edges
The technique is easy, but it can get messy. Spread newspapers to protect the table and the floor.
You may also want to wear gloves to keep your hands clean.
Hold the edges on one side of the pleat together with a chip bag clip or some bulldog clips. Paint the
edges on the other side. Repeat for the opposite edge. If you use poster or acrylic paint, thin it with water.
- Step 3: Unfold and Dry
Carefully unfold the paper, gripping dry spots. The paper is very fragile and will tear easily. Handle it
as little as possible, and lay it on newspapers to dry. When it is dry, it can be ironed to remove the
crease marks. Kids, get help to use an iron.
Tip: The wet tissue paper may stick to the newspaper. Check when the paper
is about half-dry, and carefully lift it from the newspaper to avoid sticking.
The pleating, painting, and drying steps can be repeated to make more complex designs like checks or
chevrons. Just pleat the paper in a different direction, and paint.
- Step 4: Use the Painted Tissue Paper
Painted tissue paper can be used in a wide variety of ways. It is especially useful in gift wrapping
and craft decoration. It can be used to wrap or decorate packages, line envelopes, cover greeting cards, in
decoupage—just use your imagination.
That's it! How will you use your
painted tissue paper?
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