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