In a message dated 10/29/2003 9:46:48 PM Eastern Standard Time,
We painted right on the tissue paper. When dry the papers were a LOT thicker
and we ironed them flat. I put them under a big book overnight. We had no
problem with buckling or any curling. Maybe you might be using thicker paper than
Bunki, your insect collage project is wonderful! Teaching younger children,
I've had to adapt by using fingerpainting paper instead of tissue paper-
easier for little chidren to handle. It holds the paint beautifully when patterns
are created, doesn't curl, and is not difficult for them to cut. I mix a
little of the Ross Art Paste powder (or any brand of papier mache powder) into
each color of tempera, to thicken. Cover trays with aluminum foil and spread
paint. I have my little ones paint the paper, then make patterns with my big box
of "tools" or anything that produces texture. I also give them lots of
stamping stuff, including the great foam patterning rollers you can buy from Sax.
I don't know if Bunki's middle schoolers cut out free-hand, but I found that
my students need to make a stencil for this project. They place the stencil
on the unprinted side of the paper, trace, and then cut out and glued down.
Speaking of glue, another thing I found for elementary school is using Tri-tex
glue for collages. It is a non-toxic rubber cement. I tell my little ones to
dip their pinky finger in it and spread the glue that way. The paper can be
repositioned before the glue completely dries permanently, and best of all, any
extra glue- the kind elementary schoolers are so famous for using, can be
rubbed away when dry. My first graders just made the most beautiful cut paper
"Matisse" collages with this technique as well.
Susan on Long Island