As many of you know. I am revamping my office as part of my 24 Goals for My 24th Year. I’ve been looking for fun things to brighten the room that coordinate with my awesome DIY push-pin board. And then I remembered the scrapbook that I’d made for my parents on their 20th wedding anniversary.
On one of the pages, I recreated my mom’s favorite fair food–cotton candy. I used tissue paper to recreate the fluffy sugar on the page. I remember being so sad when I had to slip it in the protector and flatten it (though it still looked great!).
I decided to recreate that project to make beautiful tissue paper wall art, but this time I designed a map of my husband and I’s two countries.
- Poster board
- Colored tissue paper, colors of your choice
- Mod Podge or glue
- Pencils (an old fashioned one)
So I drew a grid. I cubed my picture into 16 pieces and drew the same 4×4 grid across my poster board. I want to stress at this point that you should be drawing in pencil and sketching very lightly. You can see pencil marks underneath the tissue paper and you’ll need to erase any grid marks outside of the picture.
After I finished the sketching, I started prepping the tissue paper. I laid out about 5 sheets of paper, smoothed them, folded them in half, and cut along the line. I did this at least twice more. This will make it go so much faster!
Next, I started cutting the tissue paper into strips a little over an inch wide and then I cut the strips into squares. Don’t worry, they don’t have to be perfect. You just have to make sure they’re not too small. Once you have a lot–and I do mean A LOT–of squares, you’re ready to begin.
Then, using the Q-tip, dab a tiny dot of Mod Podge or glue onto the flat circled formed by the eraser. Be sure to keep a tight grip on the tissue paper or the glue will lift it off the pencil as you pull it away.
(You really want to be sure you use a tiny amount of glue otherwise your pencil will quickly become tacky and your tissue paper will slide around the page.
Press the tissue paper into place using the eraser. I usually press down for about a second and then rotate the pencil in a circle and lift. After some trial and error, I spaced the papers tight around the edges and color changes and a little more loose when I was just filling in spaces.
1. It takes a lot of time. I seriously underestimated how long this project would take and that is why there are no finished pictures. I’ve spent over four hours on this project so far and I’ve only completed the top and bottom.
Ways to combat this: Go for a smaller space. I was apparently too ambitious in trying to fill a full poster board. Go figure. Also, involve other hands. The more the merrier. If you’ve got kids or crafty friends have them help for an hour and you’ll be amazed how much more progress you’ll make.
2. Details will not shine through. This fluffy tissue paper will create an image that’s well.. fluffy. Little details will be lost. Honestly, I’ve found that this map has not been the best of choice… but after devoting 4 hours to it I hate to give up.
Ways to combat this: Go for a simpler image. I think this would be perfect for a silhouette or go for something even simpler like a heart or a question mark.
Keep checking in to my Instagram account to see the finished product. I can’t wait to see it hanging on my wall!
What image would you use to create tissue paper wall art? Where would you hang wall art in your house to spice up a room?
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