tissue transfer art {easy kid art project!}


My younger kids and I have had so much fun today with a new art project: easy tissue transfer art. It’s a really simple process that even my 5-year-old could do all on her own, but you end up with a final product that looks like a beautiful art piece!

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

Doesn’t this look like something you could buy to decorate your home with?

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

Here’s the girl that made it (all by herself):

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

 

Cool, right? All you need to make tissue transfer art is tissue paper, a canvas, and a spray bottle.

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

I first tried this project with tissue paper from the dollar store and it didn’t work AT ALL. So I turned to Amazon and found this Bleeding Art Tissue for about $7 (affiliate link). It bleeds through onto the canvas beautifully! We made three 11×14 canvases and have TONS of tissue paper left, so it will last us through lots of projects.

I found the flat canvas panels at Walmart for $5 for three 11×14 panels which I thought was really reasonable. The flat panels are nice because you can pop them into an inexpensive frame if you want. You can find canvas panels on Amazon – get twelve 8×10 panels for $13 here. If you want to do tissue transfer art over and over (and we will!), you can also use watercolor paper.

The process is simple: use the spray bottle to get the canvas fairly wet. Cut tissue paper into desired shapes (we used triangles) and place them on the canvas. You can put them in a single layer, or overlap them for more color mix. Spray a little more water on top of the tissue paper, then wait 20 minutes. Remove the wet tissue paper and let the canvas dry completely.

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

 

The colors will bleed from the tissue paper onto the canvas, creating a pretty watercolor effect.

 

We found that the colors continue to blend and seep into the canvas for a little while after the tissue paper is removed, so the final project looks even cooler when it’s completely dry. I love the texture of the canvas panel – it really makes this look like a work of art! My daughter is thrilled with her artwork.

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

Here’s a video to show just how easy it is:

A few more tips:

  • We didn’t use the 2 or 3 darkest colors in the tissue paper pack because I found they bled too much and overtook other colors, and we didn’t use the 2 lightest colors because they didn’t transfer very well.
  • The color will bleed onto anything the wet tissue paper touches, so be sure to protect your work surface and realize you’ll end up with colored fingertips for a day or so.

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

Comments

  1. 4

    kathy says

    What a great idea, I think I will do it with my 5 four year olds on grandma day. Please tell your daughter that I think her work is beautiful.

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    Judy Dewalt says

    I LOVE this. I work in a memory care community and I think my residents could do this. I am getting the supplies this week. Thank you for sharing.

  3. 9

    Karen says

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful project! Your daughter art is just gorgeous, and so is she! Thanks for the warning that using cheap tissue paper isn’t a good idea; I definitely would have tried Dollar Store stuff! I’m curious about watercolor paper that you mentioned. How do you use it? Again, thanks for sharing!

  4. 10

    Diane says

    Did this project with my 2nd graders. We used orange, yellow, green and reds and white construction paper. Then they cut out the colored paper into pumpkin shapes. They turned out super cute. Or you can draw the pumpkin outline on the paper first and then add colored tissue paper.

  5. 11

    Larissa says

    Bleeding tissue seems to be something that Australia hasn’t yet embraced….but I LOVE this idea, thinking I might have a play with some crepe paper and see if that works.

  6. 12

    Kim says

    We did this this afternoon and my girls all loved it. We have stained hands and fingers — a sign of a fun project! Thanks for the idea!

  7. 15

    Wendy says

    I found it works with regular tissue paper if you use spray rubbing alcohol. The fumes could be rough though so be sure to do it in a well ventilated area.

  8. 16

    says

    Going to try this with my Grandkids. ages 4, 6, and 8. they will create a “masterpiece” for their mom’s office for Mother’s Day.
    I just ordered the tissue from Amazon, couldn’t find any store that carried it in stock.

    • 17

      Kathie Yancy-Sleeth says

      Thanks for the idea. I am a preschool teacher and we will be creating this project for our mothers for Mother’s Day. Needing to find the bleeding tissue paper quickly and on a preschool teacher’s salary, I searched the web and found our local craft chain (Michaels) said they carried it. Upon visiting the store, they in fact did not carry Bleeding Art. However, a helpful sales accociate checked the item number for that brand and the exact number came up under another name…”Celebrate It”. I bought it and it works. Have your readers request help in their local stores to check the item number. May save shipping costs.

      • 18

        Courtney says

        Thinking of using this as a vbs project with our three year olds in childcare.
        Thanks for sharing!

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    karen Criner says

    Okay, you guys! This is for all the adults out there who can only draw “stick people,” just like me. This article should be named for kids and adults who draw stick people! LOL! LOL! Really, I am so serious. Going to pin this and label it, wall art. This project is so simple but the outcome is awesome. You can pick your own colors and make the art work any size your heart desires. What a good idea and how fun!

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