Saturday 17 May 2014

Recycled Projects - Tissue Paper

Recycled Projects
Recycled Projects - Tissue Paper
What do you do with the tissue paper that comes either with a gift or wrapped around an item of clothing - throw it out? reuse it to wrap something else? or use it in your creative projects? 

Well I thought I would show you a couple of great uses for them that involve a bit of creative thought and a mind to play, and are always going to produce really great results!

Firstly, the tissue paper can be used to create texture in your creations.  You apply glue to the surface and then add the tissue paper, once it is dry you can paint it in your color of choice, adding additional layers to your work.

Secondly you can use the tissue paper to clean your gelli plate once you have got all the prints off.  You can build up a number of layers of paint, then use the tissue paper in your work in that way to create a background.

What I have been finding really useful is using either shop brought stamps or making your own Handmade stamps and applying to the tissue paper you can create transparent layers to use within your art work.

selection of tissue paper that has been stamped
Here is one of the stamps that I created 

Here are some of the handmade stamps, check the link above to see how to make some of your own.  They are easy to make and you can get your own unique designs.

Once you have decided which design you want to use you cut it out and apply it to your art.

Here are a selection of stamped tissue paper that I used within some of my art journals.

Handmade stamp flower design
From the brought stamps I used quite a few bird designs

As well as butterfly wings
 Gratitudes and Celebrations Journal
Once applied I painted them to the color of choice.
 Gratitudes and Celebrations journal
Wings and the word inspire was stamped onto the tissue paper
Armed with a few ideas, I am sure that you will look at tissue paper in a different way.  Try it for yourself and see what you can come up with.  You can reuse and recycle it, and create so many things, let me know what you decide to do, and share your images! 


  1. Oh boy, Amanda; we are on the same page. I have been scanning some of my designs and printing them on tissue, and plain newsprint paper from my printer to use in my journals. I love the pieces of art that you have posted. The colors speak my kind of language. xoxo

  2. Hi Amanda .. great to see these .. my mother gave me a tissue print years ago .. and I have it here - you've reminded me of its origins ..

    Love the creative thoughts ... and I use my tissue to repack things: not being of the creative ilk, or I take extra to the nursing centre for them to use ...that doesn't happen that often .. cheers Hilary


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