Tissue Paper Painting

Materials:

tissue paper painting craft activity
  • Tissue paper squares
  • Watercolor panel
  • Water
  • Spray bottle (or paintbrush)
  • Crayon (optional)
bleeding tissue paper painting

Instructions:

  • Choose whether you’d like to use the crayon resist for your project. If so, first you will draw a design (words, patterns, etc) with white crayon on the watercolor panel. This design will show up after you apply the squares. NOTE: Because you are drawing white on white, your drawing won’t be visible until the final step.
  • Pre-wet the watercolor panel by spraying it with a spray bottle filled with water. You can also choose to use a paintbrush if you’d like.
  • Apply the tissue paper squares randomly or in a planned arrangement. We recommend spraying or painting some more water over the squares to accelerate the color “bleeding”.
  • For best results, allow the water to dry before removing the squares.
  • Once you remove the squares, the color will have transferred onto the watercolor panel, revealing your drawing and the color from the squares!
bleeding tissue paper painting

Important: Dye from the paper will stain hands and surfaces so protective care should be taken.