March 25, 2013

Acrylic on Tissue Paper (not achooo! paper) DIY wall art {tutorial}

We started this kid art project with our amazing friends who live in Tabiona, UT.  We  made a smaller version of what I did with the first-graders, here is the post A Swarm of Sea Creatures! Tissue Paper & Paint {tutorial}. We had so much fun, most of us anyway, my son didn't want to start his until we returned home.  

I'm completely obsessed with tissue paper art right now. So you will be seeing another tissue project, but who knows when I'll be able to post it! It's family-inspired and will be featured in the next issue of the fabulous Sandbucket family magazine coming out in April!

I have good news! BABY #4 finally decided to arrived into the world March 13th, 2013! HE is a joy in our family and we are adjusting to the new addition. Our kids love him! 

Tissue Paper Art Tutorial

Materials Needed:
  • pencil & erasure
  • black permanent marker
  • white tissue paper (gift paper)
  • acrylic paint & brushes
  • pre-stretched and gessoed canvas
  • Mod Podge

  • I had the kids pick a theme or setting and go from there...

  • Draw with pencil first on the tissue paper (tip: pencil very lightly so the paper won't rip if you want to erase) and then trace with permanent marker.

  • Paint your drawings (tip #1: paint lightly, so you can see the black outline. tip #2: don't let your paint be so thick that it makes the paper rip. Make sure the tissue paper is not sticking underneath to surface as it is drying.)


You Can Choose!
  • 1- After you have painted your "shapes or drawings" on paper, it is easier to figure out your background on your canvas. The top canvas is acrylic painted directly onto canvas

  • 2- This canvas' surface & sides has been adhered (Mod Podge) with a layer of tissue paper first and now he is painting his background onto the tissue/canvas (gives it more texture).

  • Cut out the paintings from the tissue paper. You can cut along the black lines tight, or around the outside, leaving a "cloud" (You can see the finished artwork later in this post to see what I mean...) of tissue paper. (tip: touch up artwork with permanent marker before you start to adhere) 

  • Time to arrange their masterpiece before adhering to the canvas. 

  • I used a brush and applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the canvas' surface first for each individually painted object, and then placed the object on top. (tip: let the paper lay/float itself down and then lightly spread out with your brush)
  • If you look closely, you can see that the tissue paper might by wrinkly in some areas. That's okay! Spread out as much as you can and then leave it alone to dry.
  • When objects are dry, add a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal and protect artwork. Add another layer if desired. 

They turned out so beautiful and bright...

(10 years old)

(7 years old)

 Creating as a family!  (9, 11, & 13 years old)

What a wonderful Spring art project! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Look for my next tissue paper art project with our family...

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I will try to post as much as I can with a new baby, but his time is the most important right now.


  1. This is fantastic! I love children's art. I used to teach preschool before having my son last November.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. These are stunning. I can't wait to do them with kids I have in classes

  3. These are amazing! So bright and whimsical. Thank you for sharing!

  4. These are fantastic! Now I am inspired and want to try to make tissue art myself.