Apr 8, 2012

Tissue Paper Collage

This is really good for young kids (age 5 and 6) who may not have used a paint brush before. The only catch is finding liquid starch, which seems to have been replaced by new products.
1. Students make a collage with just warm colors: red, yellow and orange. Give them a few dozen tissue paper squares in these colors, approx. 2" in size.
2. I used a parchment-type paper (wax paper would work too) for the base, and gave the students all a cup of starch and brush. The starch works well because it is thick and not too sticky. Show the students how to brush a little starch on their base paper, and then place a tissue square on top. They need to repeat this, overlapping as much as possible, until the paper is filled.
3. The last step is to brush a final layer of starch over all the tissue so that everything is wet. Any dry spots will not have the nice shiny look to them.

7 comments:

terrylynnjerry said...

Would white glue thinned with water yield the same results?

Kathy Barbro said...

Sorry I didn't see your question until now! It might work - but it might get too sticky. The nice part about the starch is that it is so mild in that respect. Might be worth checking out the glue though.

Erika said...

I used spray starch from my laundry room. I just sprayed it in a bowl, it was foamy, but it worked.

BeachSaint said...

Sta-Flo is available online from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B002KI3U66/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1258391515&sr=1-1&condition=all

Anonymous said...

I've used watered down elmer's glue with tissue paper for the same technique and it works great.

Anonymous said...

You can also buy sta-flo at wal-mart for 3 dollars a gallon.

Anonymous said...

I have done this with watered down white glue and it did work well. We completed a symetry butterfly project, then covered the whole page using this technique and cut it out after it was dried. Bright and easy.