Tissue Leaves and Metallic Markers

Tissue+Leaves-metallic-markers-1024x756Tissue paper not only comes in solid colors, but in multi-color sheets too. I found this madras tissue paper at my local Michael’s store.

1. For my city-slicker students, I like to start with an overview of some common leaf names and shapes so they become more aware of the variety that exist. To start, cut several sheets of madras paper into approx. 6″ squares. Fold the squares in half and cut symmetrical leaves of all shapes and sizes. I always encourage straight cutting without drawing to eliminate pencil lines and eraser holes.

2. Students take 50/50 water and white glue, and wet the entire paper. The cut out leaves are placed gently on top. More solution may be brushed on the tissue to get the entire leaf wet. Some color bleeding may occur. Let the leaves dry completely.

3.Use metallic marker pens to trace the edges of the leaves and draw veins inside. More line drawing leaves may be added in extra spaces. Lastly, names of each leaf are written around the edges.



3 Responses

  1. Christine at Origami Mommy

    I really love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. Kathy Barbro

    Yes – I would use watercolor if I had a choice. The drawing paper looks OK, but gets very wrinkled from the wet glue.

  3. Holly

    What kind of paper would you suggest for this if you were just going to do it as a single sheet project? Watercolor paper?


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