How to Create Tissue Paper Collage Art

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Tissue paper collage art is easy to make and a fun kid friendly activity perfect for lazy afternoons, birthday parties or school projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • White glue
  • Mixing cup
  • Soft medium sized paintbrush
  • Stencil or clip art
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White cardstock
Kid friendly art
Kid friendly art (Image: Jessica Begum)

How to make Tissue Collage Art

Step 1

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.

Supplies you will need
Supplies you will need (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 2

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.

Use Elephant here, or make your own design
Use Elephant here, or make your own design (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 3

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.

Choose contrasting colors
Choose contrasting colors (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 4

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 tissue into 1 inch squares
Cut tissue into 1 inch squares (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 5

Cut clipart out with scissors.

Cut out with scissors
Cut out with scissors (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 6

Place the cut-out on white cardstock and trace, transfering the image to the cardstock.

Trace onto white cardstock
Trace onto white cardstock (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 7

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.

Make glaze with 1/2 white glue 1/2 water
Make glaze with 1/2 white glue 1/2 water (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 8

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.

Start with background
Start with background (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 9

Place the edges of the square tissue right along the edge of your drawing. In tight places you can trim tissue to fit.

Trim tissue to fit in tight places
Trim tissue to fit in tight places (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 10

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.

Use darker colors to make a pattern
Use darker colors to make a pattern (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 11

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.

Cover the elephant the same way
Cover the elephant the same way (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 12

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.

Use dark tissue for shadows and details
Use dark tissue for shadows and details (Image: Jessica Begum)
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