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Re: torn paper lesson

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 16 Apr 1998 09:10:33 +0000

>Lynda asked about using torn tissue paper...

Have you ever tried placing abstract patterns of torn tissue paper on
water color paper, then spraying it with water? The colors bleed out and
create a "surprise". I use this as a background for tempera paintings of
dragons (we study China, then dragons around the world, then create our
own personal dragon). We try to find the dragon hidden in the abstract
background, then paint it in solid, and use the rest of the background
like a 14th century Chinese artist might... just outlining hills,
clouds, trees, etc. This is one of my favorites.
We also tried mono-prints using this technique.. tearing the tissue
paper, placing it on one paper, wetting it with a spray bottle, then
placing another paper on top and rubbing it. When we did this we tried
to make it look more like a landscape, then painted a subject of the
students choosing.
The dye from the tissue paper stays on fingers for a while, I tell my
students they have to do the dishes for their mom that night to make it
go away ;)

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School