I have done a project with tissue paper that evolved from a limited
time and a need to use materials at hand without ordering anything new at the
end of the year. And it's one that my students ended up loving. Some older
students would even wander in and comment that they remembered doing the
"tissue paper painting".
I had them use a variety of animal photo prompts for drawing ideas. On
a 12 X 18" piece of graphite paper (80 lb.wt.), they had to draw one animal,
insect, fish, butterfly, etc. so that it touched all four sides of the paper
forcing them to work large. I had tissue paper that I sliced up with the
cutter that looks like a pizza cutter ( I forget who makes it but it sure
beat cutting with scissors like I did the first time) I cut through all 7-10
colors that came with the package so that each student got a set of colrs
about 4" x 6". They would use a paint brush and clean water to dampen those
areas that they wanted to work. They tore up the tissue into small pieces
about the size of a quarter. They can usually related to money sizes better
than inches. Torn pieces seem to release more color than cut pieces, were
faster to do and allowed more overlap. They did have to watch that
complementary colors were not applied on the same day or in the same area. It
was a great color mixing review. I always took out the brown and black before
I cut up the tissue so they were forced to "mix" if they wanted darker
colors. At the end of the period, we'd place them on drawing racks and the
next day all the tissue paper from the day before would just fall off leaving
behind fabulously brillant color unlike anything I could usually manage to
get out of them with watercolors. I usually suggested that they use a
complenetary color for the background partly because that would be the color
that they'd have a lot left and because it gave it great punch. After
everything was completely dry (overnight) the students would outline the
creature only- nothing in the background. I really tried to get them to
follow the wiggly lines that the tissue paper would make rather than follow
their original pencil lines.
1 day to draw the creature (I guess it could also be fantasy
2-3 days to "paint" on the tissue color
1 final day to outline the figure with black felt tip marker.
My principal liked the project so much that she has a matted, framed example
of this hanging in her office.
Keep in mind that all tissue paper is not created equal. Some do not
bleed and even in brands that do, there are occasionally colors that do not.
Black never did.
Good luck. Have fun with it. Monica