Tissue Paper Art

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  1. Tissue Paper Art

A while back I stumbled across this bleeding tissue tutorial from Bloom Bake Create, and I’ve wanted to try it as a process based art activity for the girls for a long time. While we were home sick trying to get everyone healthy again, I set it up as an invitation to create. Not only was a it a great distraction, the finished product is gorgeous!

Invitation to Create Tissue Bleeding Art


  • Bleeding Art Tissue-Regular tissue paper will not work. The package must say “bleeding art tissue.”
  • Watercolor Paper-We used watercolor paper for this project, but have also been successful using heavy cardstock for similar projects in the past.
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Work surface-We used cardboard so we could recycle it when finished.

Please be sure to visit the original tutorial from Bloom Bake Create for some great tips and additional details. Below I am just sharing a few details specific to working with children.

Fine motor practice-Tissue Paper Art

Lovey was very eager to get started the second she saw the invitation waiting. She immediately started tearing the tissue paper into small pieces and placing them on the paper. Tearing is excellent fine motor practice!

Tissue Paper Art Activity for Kids

After she was please with her creation she started to spray the tissue paper with water. She sprayed and sprayed until she was happy with the amount of water. Working with a spray bottle is also terrific for fine motor development!

Messy Art for Kids

Next she patted down the paper. This did stain her hands for the rest of the day, but it was gone after bath time. We did experiment with a couple of ways to limit the staining, so if that’s a concern check back for tomorrow’s post.

Process Based Art for Kids

After Lovey was done patting down the paper we left it to dry.

Tissue Paper Painting Activity for Kids

I wish I had a picture of the look on her face when she removed the dry paper bits and revealed this beautiful piece of artwork underneath. It was priceless, and it made her eager to make more tissue paper art creations. Stop back tomorrow to see what we created next!

In the meantime I found a couple other bleeding tissue art activities that might inspire you. I always love to see how different people approach different projects, and each of these methods is a bit different. Enjoy!

Bleeding Tissue Paper from Housing a Forest

Tissue Paper Bleeding Art from The Imagination Tree


How to Make Bleeding Tissue Paper Art


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  1. ha! i was hopping on here to ask what brand of TP you used bc our attempt was a flop…that’s what i get for skimming through the post – now i’m on the hunt for bleeding tissue paper! can’t wait to try it a second time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. My little Peanut absolutely loves using spray bottles. And what a beautiful result! Another one of your activities that I’ll be adding to my must-do list!

  3. If you add a tiny bit of white vinegar to the water you get more intense colors. Also, wet the kids hands and sprinkle on baking soda and have them rub their hands together as if they were washing with soap. Most of the color will be gone.

  4. This comes out looking so awesome – and my 4-year-old loves anything that uses a spray bottle! lol. Do you get that tissue paper at a craft store? I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it next time I’m there!

    • Spray bottles are a hit here, too! Yes, you should be able to find the bleeding art tissue paper at your craft store. At ours it is in the kids’ craft section.

  5. Love these photos! I used to do this all the time with my toddler art classes. We’ve also tried it with the circle and square shaped tissue paper from discount school supply. Kids can lay down the shapes into a design and spray away. It makes for a good variation on this great project.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Megan. We’ll have to try that…a great activity for my toddlers who are learning shapes now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. LOVE THIS! Pinning to do with my kids. They would love using the water bottle, and I had no idea the end result would be so gorgeous!

    • I really how had no idea either! I think you could come up with some very neat color combinations with a little experimenting. Later this week I’ll be sharing a couple of crafts we made using this technique.

  7. I have never seen this before! Something I will definitely be trying with my wee ones. This would make beautiful wrap for Christmas presents! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • It’s really fun! And even toddler-friendly…my little one loved it. I’ll be sharing one of her creations tomorrow. What a neat idea for wrapping paper. I wonder if thinner paper will hold up to the water. You’ll have to let me know if you try it.

  8. Beautiful – something my kids would love to try, I’m sure! Did you get a new header recently? It looks great!

    • Thank you! My husband made the header this weekend. Isn’t it gorgeous? I feel so “official” now with an actual header after a year..ha! Thanks for noticing the change.

  9. Shaunna, Thanks so much for sharing my tutorial. Fun for even us big kids! Thanks again for the link.

    • Thanks so much for the great tutorial! And I love the idea of using the technique on fabric…sensing a little big kid crafting in my future. ๐Ÿ™‚

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