Tissue Paper Collage Project
Making a tissue paper collage is a must do project, it’s fun, easy and always comes out beautiful! Check out two holiday illustrations I made using the bleeding tissue paper technique. There’s just something magical about the way the colors naturally blend after getting wet, the results are truly amazing, you’re not going to want to stop staring at the finished works of art. This technique can be done as simple or as intricate as you’d like, either way you’ll want to make this project over and over again.
The angel below is quite special too, she’s an example of making art projects a little more meaningful. I payed attention to the colors I chose, the look on her face and the flag she’s holding, all represent something to me. So be sure to create art with intention, it makes it that much more interesting when there’s a beautiful story to be told.
So I didn’t put together a step by step photo tutorial about how I made this but it’s simple enough for me to explain in words, so here’s a short tutorial if you’d like to know the details.
Step 1. Cut up several colors of bleeding tissue paper into small squares, the size does not have to be exact.
Step 2. Start with a strong piece of paper like a 110lb cardstock or a watercolor paper and glue the tissue paper squares to the entire sheet overlapping a bit as you go along. Make several of these, one to cut up and one to use as a background.
Step 3. Spritz the paper with a spray bottle until the color starts to run and blend. Let the papers dry overnight.
Step 4. Use your paper to cut out different shapes such as trees, then glue them to your background. Add finishing touches with sharpies or other materials. You can even splatter some paint to create a snowy effect.
Snowman Toilet Tube Craft
Have you seen these toilet tube snowman crafts? They are the epitome of winter, it just wouldn’t be the same without seeing a snowman on the lawns of homes around town. But these guys are fit to build inside. It’s shape is simple and easy and you only need a few materials to bring this frosty to life. We just got our first snowfall here in New York, and instead of going out in the cold to make a real snowman I decided to make this guy instead, how fitting! This craft is also created with Aleene’s Tacky glue and you can catch the full tutorial at Aleenes.com!
I had done this project a few years back with my special needs students, and when you see these snowmen in numbers it creates a festive scene, kinda reminds me of the whole family together for the holidays. Can you just imagine these snowmen with different scarves and earmuffs, it’ll look like they’re ready for the company Christmas party or to weather a trip to the North Pole! You’ll also want to definitely get some iridescent glitter on them, it’ll make ‘em look like they were made out of freshly fallen snow!
Remember to visit Aleenes.com for a full video tutorial to make these guys!
Winter Tree Craft
Winter can be a challenge, but look past the obstacles and find the beauty in the cold. Create a whimsical winter look with cone cups and wood slices! Even though this looks like a sophisticated craft it’s really not, it’s a simple and fun project the whole family can get involved with during the holiday season. The craft store sells all sorts of wooden products which is great for creating that organic natural look when making something like trees.
I worked with Aleene’s glue on this project, their tacky glue is strong enough to hold some tougher materials like the plasticky iridescent paper I used for the tissue paper tree. Sometimes you use a tricky stubborn material but with Aleene’s Tacky glue, you won’t have a problem.
Anyway winter is here, no Game of Thrones pun intended, and you might as well embrace it by making some frosty fantastic projects. Follow the link here to see a full video tutorial for putting this craft together, you’ll also find a full materials list as well. I hope you enjoy making this craft as much as I do, remember to put your own creative spin on these trees and I’m sure you’ll be putting these out for the holidays every year!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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