Bleeding Tissue Paper

18 02 2009

Did you know that there are two kinds of tissue paper? Well, I didn’t. The first time we tried this project I was completely confused. I had heard of how if you put wet tissue on paper it will stain the paper. Sounded cool to me but little did I know you can’t just go raid your wrapping supplies for the tissue. It’s got to be “bleeding art tissue” paper. The kind you get at the craft store and is labeled as such. Oops! Needless to say Seth thought I was a little off my rocker.

Well, time has passed and he’s forgotten my loony tunes first attempt. This time we got it right! Wanna give it a go?


  • Bleeding art tissue paper
  • Water in a bowl or cup
  • Paint brush
  • Heavy weight paper – water color paper works well
  • Wet rag for quick clean up


  1. Tear tissue up into smaller pieces – about 1 to 4 inches.
  2. Adhere tissue to paper by “painting” it on with water. Interestingly the black didn’t bleed, but the other colors worked instantly.
  3. Whatever you do, resist the urge to stop your child when they want to remove the tissue or even paint with the soggy wet lumps. A word of warning is probably appropriate here – the tissue will stain hands for a day or so. Not sure about clothes.
  4. Let tissue dry in place. This will give much darker colors than if the tissue is peeled off while still wet.
  5. Peel off dry tissue.
  6. Admire.

Unfortunately, Seth’s agressive tearing offended Eleanor’s sensibilities. Luckily, the tearing part was over pretty quickly and after she calmed down she was able to find solice in her colored pencils.



3 responses

19 02 2009
Mom and Kiddo

This looks like it might involve enough “action” to keep my son interested.

19 02 2009
painted fish studio

oh, poor e! neat project, this grown-up would like to try it sometime.

24 03 2009

Cute craft! I have worked with preschoolers for many years and this is one I haven’t seen before.

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