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Level: Junior
Grades: 3 - 5 | Age: 8-11 yrs | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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This lesson involves the application of many layers of tissue paper to create a painted image.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Tear many pieces of tissue paper and put them aside.
  2. Mix some water and a touch of glue (just enough to make the glue a bit runny) (more glue-less water).
  3. Brush a thin layer of the glue and water mixture over the bristol board.
  4. Lay one piece of tissue paper down at a time.
  5. Brush over each one with glue and water.
  6. The dyes in the tissue paper will begin to run together - almost like watercolors!
  7. Continue until the paper is full.
  8. Display finished work.

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