Winter Tree Drawing and Tissue Paper Skies

You can make this winter tree drawing with the help of bleeding tissue paper. Just apply water to small squares and they leave behind amazing swirly winter skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue squares would leave geometric patterns behind, but instead, they swirl together and make a very soft mix … Read More

Tissue Paper Poinsettias

 Poinsettias are always a good theme for Christmas art projects. Try tearing red and green tissue paper for a more natural petal shape. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Tissue paper: green, red and yellow White glue Water and container Brush Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 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 … Read More

Canadian Flag and Tissue Paper

Can you believe this mural is made out of craft tissue paper? Thanks so much to Krista Dillon and her students who experimented with my Canadian Flag Mural and came up with this beautiful piece.   MATERIALS • PDF Canadian Flag mural, printed on card stock and taped together • Craft tissue paper • White glue • Old pencils   DIRECTIONS The technique is one that I haven’t used since elementary school. It’s made up of lots … Read More

Valentine Tissue Paper Flowers

This technique for making tissue paper flowers is not new, but I have a new appreciation for its simplicity. If your students have had an overload of 2D work lately, try this crafty 3D one that will give them practice on folding, twisting, cutting and pulling. Oh, and make a pretty Valentine gift while they are at it. MATERIALS • Tissue Paper. 20″ x 30″ sheets • Paper cutter or scissors • Pipe cleaners, … Read More

Dandelion Painting

This dandelion painting uses bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking out a puffy white flower. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Paint brush and water • Ultra fine tip black Sharpie markers   DIRECTIONS Use the bottom of a jar of rubber cement to draw 3 circles in pencil on watercolor paper. Add stems. 2. Draw dandelion stems and trace with a thin Sharpie marker. Erase the pencil lines. … Read More

Blooming Tissue Paper Flowers

Mix math with a spring craft lesson. Students create tissue paper flowers by folding circles into halves, quarters and eighths. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, blue • Card stock paper, green • Tissue paper, assorted colors • Glue stick • Scissors DIRECTIONS Students cut three stems from green paper and glue them to a blue background. Students are shown how to cut circles from folded pieces of tissue paper. They are to make flowers in three … Read More

Cast Tissue Tiles

I tried this wonderful Cast Tissue Paper project today. It worked really well for my range of kinder – 3rd graders. I just replaced the glue with liquid starch to keep things a little less sticky. MATERIALS • Rubbing Plates • Bleeding Tissue paper • White glue / water • Brush • Chip board • Duct tape DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut lots of tissue paper into approximately 1″ squares. I like to keep assortments either … Read More

Bleeding Tissue Paper Art

You can make beautiful bleeding tissue paper art with small squares of turquoise and purple. Apply water and they leave behind amazing swirly winter skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue squares would leave geometric patterns behind, but instead, they swirl together and make a very soft mix of cool color. … Read More

Tissue Paper Collage Boxes

These tissue paper collage creations are made from old Mac keyboard boxes. I was happy to see that the narrow format encouraged more creative layouts. I recommend using the non-bleeding type of tissue paper for making images that do not run together. Most online art stores offer both the bleeding and non-bleeding type. These boxes were made by 2nd and 3rd graders, and I’m in love with the colors and images. The center one, … Read More

Flowers for Mother’s Day

Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made awhile back to help get the proportions right. It’s a great spring time project that costs very little, so you don’t need to wait until … Read More

Tissue Paper Flag from Canada

Can you believe this mural is made out of craft tissue paper? Thanks so much to Krista Dillon and her students who experimented with my Canadian Flag Mural and came up with this beautiful piece!  The technique is one that I haven’t used since elementary school. It’s made up of lots of craft tissue paper cut into 2″ squares, white glue, and a little patience. Each square is wrapped over the eraser end of a pencil, dipped in white glue … Read More

Art Journal Tissue Leaves

Tissue paper not only comes in solid colors, but in multi-color sheets too. I found this madras tissue paper at my local Michaels store. MATERIALS Art journal or multi-media paper Madras tissue paper Scissors White glue Paint brush Metallic marker DIRECTIONS 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 … Read More

Tissue Paper Flowers in a Jar

Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made awhile back to help get the proportions right. It’s a great spring time project that costs very little, so you don’t need to wait until … Read More

Tissue Paper Flag Mural

Can you believe this mural is made out of craft tissue paper? Thanks so much to Krista Dillon and her students who experimented with my Canadian Flag Mural and came up with this beautiful piece.   MATERIALS • PDF Canadian Flag mural, printed on card stock and taped together • Craft tissue paper • White glue and old pencils (I’m guessing?   DIRECTIONS The technique is one that I haven’t used since elementary school. It’s made … Read More

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