Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tissue Paper Pulp "Painting" (or making paper without the mess!)


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!

Fondly,

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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11 comments:

Jess said...

Is there a way to tell at time of purchase whether or not tissue paper will bleed? I assumed that all tissue paper bled. I've been enjoying your blog since we were in the January Playful Learning course together.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Jess - I think the no bleed tissue is actually marked "no bleed" usually at art supply stores or online from a place like discount school supply...mine was from the craft store in the gift wrap area. I think the gift wrap tissue is almost always the kind that bleeds!

: ) Hope this helps!

-MaryLea

Vic Lau said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! I'm going to be avidly following it! :)

Marcia said...

Thanks for linking to my blog! Hope you had fun. Using teeny tiny pieces works best and adding a gluey coating helps!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks for the new follow Vic!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thank you Marcia,

It's my daughter's new favorite art technique. I love all of the projects you do in your classroom!!

Warmly,
MaryLea

Jen said...

Fun idea!

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!

Penny wise said...

Did you say installation art wall? I have a installation art room!! Last time I counted the pics on it there were 283!!! AMAZEING!!!!!! luv this art project !!!!! So easy!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

I do pulp painting with my 6th grade students. I have them do pictures from nature. We do the pictures on burlap that has been taped to a large square of scrap cardboard. I get the cardboard from a local bike shop! They just throw away the large boxes the bikes come in.
We use nacho trays to mix the tissue with water. I have done this for three years now and find that if they use one color at a time and tear it all up first and soak it that they can rip it into very fine pieces that ends up like a slurry in the water.

Anonymous said...

Oh and yes, it does say right on the package "no bleed" or "non-bleeding" tissue paper.

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