Bleeding Tissue Fun

I just happened to stop by Blick’s art store – well, really it was on my list of places to go – to pick up some bleeding tissue. I had seen a really neat technique that used it and wanted to try it. But when I got the paper, there were so many beautiful colors I wanted to try something else first.

I wondered how it would work on fabric.

Getting Started

Getting Started

I wet the piece of fabric and put it in a plastic pan to keep my work area dry.

Torn tissue placed on fabric

Torn tissue placed on fabric

I placed torn pieces of tissue on the fabric, continuing to spray the tissue and tapping with brush. Brush isn’t needed but wanted to use it instead of my fingers.

Picking dried tissue off of fabric

Picking dried tissue off of fabric

Now I needed to let the fabric dry. Once it was I could pick the chips of tissue from the fabric. I then ironed it and rinsed it in cold water in the sink. I did lose some color doing that. I hung to dry and ironed it. Here are the finished two pieces.

Finished fabric pieces

Finished fabric pieces

Okay, but there are much better ways to get better color on fabric. It was worth a try, but I probably won’t do that again.

So let’s try on paper – specifically watercolor paper. Since this was going to be pretty wet I went with the Strathmore 140 pound watercolor paper.

Adding tissue to watercolor paper

Adding tissue to watercolor paper

I wet the watercolor paper and then added the tissue. I sprayed and continued to add more of the same color tissue to areas hoping to achieve dark colors.

Now to wait until it dries. This is how it turned out.

Finished bleeding tissue page

Finished bleeding tissue page

Wow! I was pretty excited and surprised with the white areas. Here is another watercolor paper I did.

So what I’ve discovered is that this bleeding tissue does great on paper, but not worth the time on fabric. This technique makes a great background for a journal page or any project you want to have a colorful page.

Be sure to use bleeding tissue which can be found in art and craft stores. Regular tissue will not work. Also, working in a container keeps the work surface dry. This paper will stain your hands so make sure you have an art cloth or paper towel near by to wipe off you fingers.

What a fun way to add color to pages. I’ll share the other technique with this tissue on another post.

Oh, I’m left with all these beautiful pieces of tissue to add to another project.

Used bleeding tissue

Used bleeding tissue

Ah, another day!

 

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