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Winter Tree Drawing and Tissue Paper Skies

bleeding tissue paper artYou 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 of cool color. So easy, you just have to be patient and let the tissue set for about 5 minutes before you remove it. I also strongly recommend using real watercolor paper. It’s the reason why you can see all the colored texture in my samples. 

MATERIALS
Watercolor paper, I recommend Strathmore
• Bleeding tissue paper
• Sharpie marker, black, fine tip
• Water in container and brush
Sharpie White paint marker, fine tip

DIRECTIONS
PREP: Cut watercolor paper to ATC size, if making cards (2.5″ x 3.5″)
Cut blue and purple tissue to 1″ squares or smaller, approximately
1. Students draw an assortment of line trees on the bottom of their cards. Some should be large, some small.
2. The sky is made from brushing water where it is desired, and placing an assortment of overlapping tissue squares on top. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
3. Carefully remove the tissue squares. Let dry.
4. Use a white Sharpie paint marker to add dots of snow in the sky.

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