Thursday, 22 March 2012

Tissue Paper Water Painting

We had a great time doing this Tissue Paper Bleeding Art from The Imagination Tree.  It was such a simple, fun activity to do.  Using watercolour paper and cut up bits of tissue paint, you 'stick' the pieces of tissue paper onto the paper and then paint on some more water to get as much of the colour running as possible, then leave to them dry and 'bleed' through to the paper.  Once completely dry you just lift off the pieces of tissue paper to reveal a beautiful collage of coloured prints.

I love how simple it is to do and because it's painting with water it's easy to clean up afterwards. (Although you do have to watch out as the tissue paper does transfer well onto things - we used an old bit of lino flooring to cover our carpet and there are still some pink patches that didn't clean up so I would definitely recommend covering the surface you are doing it on.)  

Shoeshine loved the painting, I was amazed at how much water the paper could hold - you could almost pour the water off by the time she'd finished!  I let them create their own pictures, letting them get on with it,  I also encouraged them to cover as much of the paper as possible with bits of tissue paper and that it was OK to have bits that were overlapping. 

 Although my 3.5 year old was adamant that in her picture all the pieces need to have their space - so we just went with that! 

And this is Shoeshine's finished picture, above.

This was a great activity for both the girls to independently create their own art work.  I'm always trying to encourage them to create whatever they want when we do art and to enjoy the process of making pictures rather than having a set outcome that needs to be achieved.  This is a really lovely activity for this and there is definitely no 'wrong' way of doing it and it's really manageable for younger ones (Shoeshine is 20 months).  This time I just cut up the tissue paper into random shapes, but next time we do it I think I might let Little Chick do some of the cutting up - the girl LOVES her scissors! And Shoeshine some tearing up as I think they'd enjoy that part of it too. 

The next day the pictures had dried and the tissue paper had started to lift off, so we removed it all to be left with a gorgeous collage of prints underneath.  Little Chick was amazed to see the picture revealed underneath all the tissue paper as initially she though her picture had gone wrong because when she saw the picture in the morning with all the tissue paper starting to lift and she thought she hadn't stuck it down properly!

We'll definitely be doing this one again and I can't wait to try this technique with some other colours of tissue paper too.


  1. These turned out so pretty & I love that even your littlest one could create independently!

  2. Thank you - yes it's great when you come across an activity that the little ones can join in too. Ellie


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