Tissue Paper Poinsettias

Tissue paper PoinsettiaTearing shapes from tissue paper can create some very organic shapes, and end up looking pretty similar to poinsettia leaves.

1. Rectangles of red, green and yellow tissue paper are needed (the craft kind, NOT any that says ‘bleeding paper‘). There is a grain to the paper which makes it easier to tear in one direction than the other. Tear petals, leaves and a center for 3 flowers.
2. After all the shapes are torn, use a brush and 50/50 water+glue solution to cover a white sheet of paper, and then the flowers are arranged on top of it. When complete, another layer of the glue goes over the entire paper to seal the shapes down to the paper. Let dry for a few hours.
3. With an oil pastel, color around all of the torn shapes, leaving a bit of white edge around the tissue for a more dramatic effect. I like the Portfolio pastels for this because they are so smooth, and make a nice contrast to the bumpy leaves.

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