i’ve had a pack of bleeding art tissue paper in my art supply stash for a while – unopened. the other day seemed like a great time to break it out and make some colorful “paintings” with it!
N and i cut and tore various colors from the large sheets of tissue paper. we then arranged them onto white cardstock-weight paper. N opted for a graphic mix of shapes and colors, while i attempted a sunset-over-water scene.
after the tissue paper was arranged on our pages, N got some practice with the squirt bottle while spraying our pictures with water.
she had so much fun with it that she found some narrow strips of paper and asked if she could make bookmarks this way. sure! (repeat process.) then we enjoyed watching the colors blend and ooze across the wet paper.
we let the “paintings” dry outside while we ate dinner.
after dinner N pulled the tissue paper off of the pictures. our results were lovely and somewhat unexpected. we found that the reds, greens, and some of the blues transferred very well, but the yellow blocked out all color and registered as white, whereas the orange created yellow prints.
i’m wondering if we’d get more saturated results if we added a bit of white vinegar to our water squirt bottle…? maybe next time. have you tried printmaking in this way?