Tissue Paper Landscapes

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This lesson involves the application of many layers of tissue paper to create a painted image – a tissue paper landscape.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • Tissue paper (different colors)

Note: Some tissue papers are non-bleeding. You want the paper that is labeled “Colors bleed when wet”. See Here: Art Tissue 

  • Bristol board (poster board — thick paper)
  • Glue (or Modge Podge)
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Container for water

What You Do:

  1. Tear many pieces of tissue paper and put them aside.
  2. Mix some water and a touch of glue — just enough to make the glue a bit runny. (More glue=less water).
  3. Brush a thin layer of the glue and water mixture over the poster board.
  4. Lay one piece of tissue paper down at a time.
  5. Brush over each one with glue and water.
  6. The dyes in the tissue paper will begin to run together – almost like watercolors!
  7. Continue until the paper is full.
  8. Display finished work.