Since we first tried bleeding tissue art we’ve been having fun experimenting with different ways to use it and crafts to make. Now that we’ve been raising butterflies at home, Lovey wanted to create some butterflies. We tried a new tissue paper art method to make this butterfly craft, and we even incorporated a little bit of math along the way.
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- Bleeding Art Tissue-Regular tissue paper will not work. The package must say “bleeding art tissue.” Lovey chose pink, purple, and blue for this activity.
- 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
- Chenille stem for antennae
- Work surface-We used cardboard so we could recycle it when finished.
Lovey enjoyed the (almost) mess free version we tried when we made our chick craft, so I thought we’d experiment with another mess free method. We started by folding our watercolor paper in half. Then we unfolded it and placed it on our work surface. Lovey tore pieces of tissue paper and placed them on one half of the paper, similar to what you would do with paint in a blotto art piece.
When she felt like she had added enough tissue paper she used the spray bottle to get it wet.
Then she folded the empty half of the watercolor paper over on top of the tissue paper and pressed down. We were both very curious to see if it would create the same design on both sides of the paper or how they would differ.
After the paper dried, she opened it up and removed all the tissue paper. (Tip: Save it and use it for other art creations later.)
She loved seeing the designs left behind by the paper. Although it was not entirely symmetric, we did spend some time looking for obvious signs of symmetry, and she found many spots where she could show the same design on the opposite side.
Then we used scissors to create a butterfly shape. Lovey used some of the scraps to add some embellishments to her creation.
Then we stapled a chenille stem to add antennae to the butterfly, and we hung her finished butterfly craft with our other spring decorations.
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