Aug 16, 2010

Art Journaling 120

Tissue paper not only comes in solid colors, but in multi-color sheets too. I found this madras tissue paper at my local Michael’s store.
1. For my city-slicker students, I like to start with an overview of some common leaf names and shapes so they become more aware of the variety that exist. To start their project, they need several sheets of madras paper cut into approx. 6" squares. If they fold the squares in half, they can cut symmetrical leaves of all shapes and sizes. I always encourage straight cutting without drawing to eliminate pencil lines and eraser holes.
2. When enough leaves have been cut out to fill the paper, the students take 50/50 water and white glue, and wet the entire paper. The cut out leaves are placed gently on top. More solution may be brushed on the tissue to get the entire leaf wet. Some color bleeding may occur. Let the leaves dry completely.
3. I used a bronze marker pen to trace the edges of the leaves and draw veins inside. More line drawing leaves may be added in extra spaces. Lastly, names of each leaf are written around the edges.

5 comments:

Holly said...

What kind of paper would you suggest for this if you were just going to do it as a single sheet project? Watercolor paper?

Thanks!

Kathy Barbro said...

Yes - I would use watercolor if I had a choice. The drawing paper looks OK, but gets very wrinkled from the wet glue.

appliejuice said...

I love this idea. It is going on my to-do art list. :)

Christine at Origami Mommy said...

I really love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing it!

Meal Replacement said...

Lately, my kids have been interested in discovering different leaf varieties and have started collecting them. This would be the perfect project to make with them. Thanks! :)