Have you ever heard of Bleeding Art Tissue Paper? I hadn't, but the other day I was wandering aimlessly around the craft store (because that's the kind of thing I do) and I found this interesting paper in the kid's art supply section.
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As you probably expect, the name is pretty self explanatory. It's tissue paper, and it bleeds. Very simple really, getting the paper wet will cause the color to run. There are so many ideas running through my head for this stuff, but for now we decided to start with something pretty simple. Tissue Paper "Watercolor Painting".
Here's what you need:
* Canvases- I always keep some of these canvas panels on hand. They are real canvases but much cheaper than stretched canvas so I don't feel bad using them for little projects.
* Bowl of Water
You will also need something to cut the tissue paper. You can go as simple as tearing the paper by hand or as fancy as shaped hole punches, or anything in between.
If you go with a hole punch you will need to use multiple sheets at once as the tissue paper is too soft to punch well on it's own. I just folded these a bunch of times and it worked perfectly.
Once you have all of you paper ready
paint a thin and even coat of water across the canvas. If you are looking for perfection this is a bit more important. If you want crisp edges use less water, barely any at all. If you want the colors to run and spread use more. Either way you don't want standing water on the canvas.
Then begin placing your paper in whatever pattern or design you would like.
The paper will more or less cling down onto the water. If it doesn't you can very carefully dab it with your fingers (and end up with colorful fingertips), or you can dab a tiny bit more water onto the dry spot.
When you are done, just set them aside to dry. Ours took about 3 hours but I am sure that will vary.
When they are dry, the paper will have pulled away from the canvas again so it will be very easy to tell when they are ready.
Here you can see the difference between the crisp and flowing edges. I also think that larger paper shapes worked better, but it's really just a matter of the look you are going for.
Either way it was a very fun project and I look forward to trying some more!
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