Bleeding art tissue paper is a really fun craft supply to use, especially with kids and adds a really fun and unique look to these Easter eggs!
- Good quality watercolor paper
- Art tissue paper (You can get this at Dick Blick or Amazon, make sure it says art tissue paper, regular wrapping paper is colorfast and will not bleed.)
- Egg template
- Gloves (optional. The art tissue paper does stain your fingers so if you don’t wear gloves then be prepared to have colorful fingers for a few days)
- Tarp (I like to just use a garbage bag)
Cut out Easter egg shapes onto the watercolor paper. (there’s a template you can use or you can just draw them) Make sure you get a thicker, good quality watercolor paper because otherwise it will warp a lot. I got 140lb paper and it warped a little bit, but putting it under a stack of heavy books overnight fixed that.
Paint a layer of water over the sheet and then place strips of art tissue paper over the egg. I separated the paper into similar colors, one was all pinks and reds and another was all greens, blues, and yellows. The colors bleed into each other so keeps the colors similar helped keep the eggs bright and kept the colors from getting muddy.
You can paint more water over the top once the paper is in place, this will make the colors spread more but they will also be a bit lighter.
Make sure to put a tarp underneath your work-space because the paper will start bleeding immediately and can stain.
This is a great project to teach kids about color mixing because they can see what happens when the different paper colors bleed into each other. You can also get a much different effect by playing with the placement and overlap of the paper. Using different shapes or sizes of paper also varies the end result. It’s a lot of fun to play around, so experiment and see what happens!
Removing the paper is definitely the messiest part, so if you don’t want colored fingers put on your gloves now. Carefully peel away the pieces, they are wet and will stick a little bit. Put them aside to dry.
Once they’re finished you can hang them up or you could use them as cards. I’ve also done this project before using canvases instead of watercolor paper and it works really well too!
How have you used tissue paper in your crafting endeavors?
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