“People need art in their houses. They don’t need Bed Bath and Beyond dentist-office art. They need weird stuff.”
– Ezra Croft, Art Show Producer
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Tissue Paper Canvas Art
I love unique pieces. It’s just one of the many reasons I like to shop at thrift stores and go junkin. I’m not big on run of the mill, everyone has it, items.
If you have been around here for a while, you may know that I have been doing lots of projects using the collection of tissue paper, like these.
Not long ago, on our Facebook page, we shared a person making art from fabric scraps. That got me thinking about using tissue paper in the same fashion.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started……
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- Canvas, you could even cover up a canvas you have found at the thrift store
- Modge Podge, I used this but this would be a good one
- Foam Brush
- Tissue Paper *
- Scissors, if needed
- Exacto Knife
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First, let me say that I will be sharing HOW TO steps. The artistic part is completely up to you.
- Decide on your design. Sure you can make adjustments as you go, but unless art is your chosen profession, I have found it’s good to have an idea of what you are going for. Yes, it will ebb and flow, but it’s good to have a starting point.
- Now, lay your canvas on a flat surface.
- Decide on the background you want and apply your tissue paper using a foam brush and Modge Podge. You will want the entire canvas covered.
- Think of your design in layers. What will be the largest items or in the background? Middle? Smallest or foreground?
- Next, cut out or tear your pieces (I tore most). It this case it was a vase and then some large flowers.
- It doesn’t take long for the Modge Podge to dry so you can do a layer and let it dry and start another if you like.
- Keep applying layers until your piece is finished.
- CHECK FOR CHANGES: If you find that you don’t like a section/piece, carefully use an Exacto knife to remove that section and apply new pieces to cover that area.
- Once it’s all complete, you can apply a top coat of Modge Podge to cover it.
- Finally, since this is a creative process, the build-up of product on your fingers (and nails) will be a lot. I have found it easier to use Lava soap since it is designed to clean dirt, grease, oil, paint, and adhesives with natural pumice (mild abrasive). Plus, that ends up using less water trying to remove whatever I get on my hands.
NOTES – You will want to take some breaks to step back and look at your project to see if it’s looking balanced and what to do next. Don’t get too crazy though. There always seems to be something to do or change in art. At some point, you have to just say it’s finished.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. – Edgar Degas
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