- Colour Prompts + Sidekick
- Colour Inspir-action
- How to make and use your own colour catalogue
- A guide to creating your ideal colour palette
- Journaling in monochrome
- Painting With Tissue Paper
- Finding Inspiration in the Process
- Using colour with more confidence
- How to give your figures colourful hair
- How to experiment with unfamiliar colours
- Colour symbolism around the world
- Paper marbling with Ink
- A guide to mixing your own colours
- Expressing yourself through colour
Painting With Tissue Paper
Hi!! Sarah here and I’m honored and super excited to share this tutorial with you. I love using tissue paper in my art journals. It’s great for layering and did you know bleeding tissue paper reacts with water?! This quality is what we’re going to be taking advantage of today.
For this technique you need art/bleeding tissue paper (this is different than gift tissue paper, which tends to be lightfast and won’t give up it’s color), a brush, some water and smooth paper. Surprisingly this technique doesn’t work as well on watercolor paper, so here I have a journal made of mixed media paper. You’ll want to tear, cut or even punch out shapes with the tissue in a variety of colors.
To start, just apply some water onto your paper. This is great for approaching a blank page, as you can work out in advance where you want the color to be.
Here I applied the water first and then laid the tissue strips on top. This is where you have all the fun! Play around with single layers, or laying colors on top of each other.
Once I added all my layers, I applied more water to the top. You should be seeing the color start to bleed at this point. Especially if the journal paper is already wet.
You can wait for the tissue to dry before you peel it off, but honestly I haven’t found it makes a difference. Just watch for when the tissue starts to turn more transparent as the color is absorbed into the paper below.
Here it is all dried. The color isn’t as bright as the actual tissue paper, so keep that in mind. But I LOVE the soft quality that you get.
It’s a different blending than you get from when using watercolor. Since the colors sit on top of each other, they blend out so softly.
This technique has so many uses. You can leave as is and just add a quote or your journaling.
Or add a few more layers, to give more depth to the spread. Here the blue swath was made with tissue paper. The edges are more defined because I only applied water to the top of the paper, not to the paper below.
And like I mentioned before, this makes a great first layer, when you just want some inspiration to get started.
I hope you give this technique a try. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to play with color.
Sara lives in Rockland County, New York. The best part of art journaling for Sarah is that it’s just for her. She can be as free as she wants in the pages and there’s no right or wrong. Her art journals have become more than just a way to try new supplies and techniques, but a way for her to document the phases of her life. If there is a worst part of art journaling, it’s the pressure Sarah puts on herself to make each page “complete.” Years of art school make it difficult to let go. Her favorite dinosaur is the Archaeopteryx.