In college I was a printmaker and I loved making my own paper.
This house doesn't have a good junk sink for messy projects
(like paper making) so I haven't been able to do that with the girls yet.
Then... I came across this wonderful technique for
what is basically mess-free paper making
using tissue paper and water. So easy.
Found this wonderful technique from the "Art Is Basic" blog here.
Marcia said she got it at the NAEA conference
(I used to go to those in my past life as an art teacher,
I loved all of the fun ideas I would come home with -
would love to crash one again someday!)
She advises against using bleeding tissue paper.
It was the only kind we had in the house, so we used it
and ended up tie-dying our fingers. The "pictures"
the girls made turned out pretty well and the colors didn't bleed much.
I set up the girls with a piece of artist canvas,
a bowl of water,
and a stack of (bleeding) tissue paper strips.
Then, I showed them how to tear off teeny-tiny pieces
and dip the clump of tiny bits into the water.
Then you smoosh it onto the canvas and press the pieces firmly together-
this helps force the fibers together.
Yes I said "smoosh"that's a technical art-making term right?
We got ours so wet that it bled through the canvas and made a puddle
that had to be mopped up occasionally with a junk towel.
It's important to emphasize (and remind them) to use tiny pieces.
Once the picture dries, the pieces will re-bond and glue together.
Our pictures took 2 days to dry.
"C" made the Very Hungry Caterpillar (one of his eyes fell off)
A few edge pieces fell off of "E"s concentric circle picture
so we're planning to use a little glue or mod-podget to stick it back together.
I think they will look really beautiful framed under glass.
E's planning an installation art wall for her room!
Happy (tissue) Paper Making!