Things You\’ll Need
Tissue paper in various colors
Soft medium sized paintbrush
Stencil or clip art
Kid friendly artJessica Begum
Tissue paper collage art is easy to make and a fun kid friendly activity perfect for lazy afternoons, birthday parties or school projects.
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How to make Tissue Collage Art
Supplies you will needJessica Begum
With tissue paper and white glue it's easy make collage art. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.
Use Elephant here, or make your own designJessica Begum
Begin by deciding on a project. If you're looking for something fun and fairly easy, animals are a good fit for beginners or children. You can trace one out of a book, use a stencil or print clip art from the computer. You can print the elephant in this article from the link in the last slide.
Choose contrasting colorsJessica Begum
Next, decide on a color theme. A good idea is to pick contrasting colors, one for your animal and one for your background. In this example, warm yellows and oranges make up the background, and cool blues form the elephant.
Cut tissue into 1 inch squaresJessica Begum
Cut tissue into roughly 1 inch squares. Six colors are shown here. About 1/2 a sheet of each color are needed to cover a 12 by 12 inch paper.
Cut out with scissorsJessica Begum
Cut clipart out with scissors.
Trace onto white cardstockJessica Begum
Place the cut-out on white cardstock and trace, transfering the image to the cardstock.
Make glaze with 1/2 white glue 1/2 waterJessica Begum
Mix a 1/2 white glue and 1/2 water in a mixing cup. Three Tbsp of each will make enough glaze to cover a 12 by 12 inch paper.
Start with backgroundJessica Begum
Begin with the background. Paint a small amount of cardstock with glaze and place a square of tissue paper down. Immediately add more glaze over top. Add more tissue squares to cover the white cardstock, overlapping them as you go.
Trim tissue to fit in tight placesJessica Begum
Place the edges of the square tissue right along the edge of your drawing. In tight places you can trim tissue to fit.
Use darker colors to make a patternJessica Begum
To acquire the yellow background seen here, mix both light and dark yellows and place them at random. Then, add darker colors to make a pattern.
Cover the elephant the same wayJessica Begum
Cover the elephant the same way as the background. Clip smaller pieces to fit in tight areas, such as the trunk and legs. A light blue, a light turquoise blue and a light lavender cover the elephant in this example.
Use dark tissue for shadows and detailsJessica Begum
Trim longer, smaller bits of tissue in a darker tone to create shadows and details. Place under the belly, under the trunk, on the backside of the legs and to form the ears and eyes.