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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: K and up Age: 5 yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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Students will create sculptural images using tissue paper as paint.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Gather up a few piles of tissue paper (various colors) and start to tear them into small, medium and large pieces.

  2. Decide on an image. We chose flowers in a vase.

  3. Optional: Draw a light outline of the image onto the pre-primed canvas board.

  4. Pour some white glue into an empty yogurt container. If it is really thick, add a touch of water to thin it out a little bit.

  5. Start filling in the image on the canvas board with the tissue paper pieces. First, brush a little glue onto the board (work at one small area at a time) and then add the tissue paper. Then, brush a light coating of glue over top of the tissue paper to secure it.

  6. Continue this process until you have a completed tissue paper painting sculpture!

Reader Tip:

Tina Ferguson has submitted this tip: "I have found a wonderful 'glue' that seems to work better than white glue. It is liquid laundry starch and comes in a jug/bottle and can be found along with the spray starch on the laundry aisle of the grocery/discount store. It's wonderfully messy and sticky and cleans up more easily than white glue and can be washed right out of clothes and off hands. Try it. You might love it.

Recommended Books/Products:

Paper Fun!: Projects to Fold, Bend, Cut, And Curl! (American Girl Library)
by Patricia Doherty
Inside this book, girls will discover dozens of ways to play with paper. Tons of tips, cool crafting supplies, and easy, step-by-step instructions will give girls the inspiration they need to brighten their room or create treasured gifts, from delicate rice paper lamps to quilled paper earrings. Package includes: quilling strips; a metal quilling tool; sheets of metallic paper, vellum, silver foil, and card stock; stencils; flower brads; and a measuring tape.


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