Textured tissue paper

This is a very good method for producing textured 2D work. The effects can be a bit like batik work. You need to prepare work the day before you want to paint it so that the PVA glue will be completely dry.

Materials needed:
  • Cardboard (can be cereal boxes, packaging card, etc.)
  • Photocopy paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Paints (water / acrylic)
  • Felt tip pens
  • Oil pastels
  • Coloured inks
  • White pen

1. Begin by deciding what images and designs inspire you and you would like to make. You could choose a landscape, animals, flowers, trees, or anything that appeals to you. It would be a good idea to do some design sketches to work out size and shapes that you are trying to achieve.

2. Cut a piece of backing cardboard the same size as the piece of work you would like to make. You could prepare several pieces of different sizes if you would like. Stick a piece of photocopy paper to the cardboard. Using PVA glue, stick a sheet of white tissue paper on top of the paper. Then stick another sheet of tissue paper over the top – layering up the sheets. Finally, stick scrunched up tissue paper on top in the shape of your design. Leave overnight to dry thoroughly.

3. When dry you will see a lovely textured effect on your sheet. You can now have some fun and experiment to bring out the best textured effects of your design; put a wash all over your background using either watered down coloured ink or watered down paint. When dry, use a deeper colour to bring out the raised parts with oil pastels or a dryer mix of paint. Build up layers of colour on raised bits of your shapes. Sometimes your textured shapes give rise to a surprising hidden landscape that you might not have planned.

See my example, showing the initial, flat drawing and the textured pictures.

4. Try several different subjects and different finishing effects using this method.

Enjoy experimenting with this texture method.

Julie x