Make the Sketch
Here is an example of how Mrs. Woodward drew her first sketch for our Tissue Paper Flower. Try to draw your flowers all the way to the top of the page like she did. If you have some space on top and would like to add some ferns coming down from above, that is ok too!
Remember next time we meet for art (on Thursday) to have ready your tissue (you can tear some pieces ahead of time if you like), your glue, some water and your paint brush. Also have a little bowl that it is ok to put glue into.
Make Glue Soup and Add the Tissue Paper
1-Make the glue soup: Start by pouring about 1 Tablespoon of glue into your dish and thinning it with about 1 or 2 teaspoons of water. Mix it with your brush until you get a watery consistency. You don't want it to be thick and sticky...better to be thin and runny.
2- Make the leaves: Take the green piece of tissue and, holding your fingers close together, tear about three pieces...make sure they are torn on both sides. You want them to have imperfect edges.
3- Glue the leaves: Move the tissue way from the pencil outline of your leaf. You don't want to accidentally get any glue on the tissue because your are actually first painting onto the pencil outline of your leaf. Use your paintbrush to paint the glue soup into the penciled shape of your leaf.
Now, carefully take a piece of tissue and put it into the wet shape with your fingers. You can use your fingernail to push any tissue that is outside of your pencil lines into place OR you can fold any edges outside of your lines over into the glued area. Overlap all the pieces of tissue until you fill the leaf.
Now paint on top of the tissue..starting from the middle and going outward. Use your brush to pat down any bits that are sticking up. Don't worry that the tissue bleeds color...it is supposed to! If you have any little white spaces-- you can paint some of the bleeding color into those areas OR you can rip little tiny pieces of tissue and put them in the same way you did the larger ones.
If you want to add a 3-D effect, you can do so by adding a white or lighter colored strip onto the top of bottom of each leaf.
Don't worry if it's not perfect looking! The tissue will wrinkle up and that is ok! The glue will take on different tissue colors and that is ok, you can either change it or leave it. If you leave it and paint with colored glue, it gives a nice streaky effect. This is not a "perfect" garden but an "implied" garden...it will be beautiful when it is all done.
4- Make and Glue the stems: Cut a few long, green strips with scissors. Put some glue soup on you paintbrush and tap it off so that it's not soaking wet. Start at the bottom of your pencil drawing of the stem and hold the tissue down with one finger while you paint the tissue on folding and bending it as you go in order to achieve a curved shape.
You can tear these stem pieces if you prefer OR you can make your stems with little tiny pieces instead of cutting them with scissors. You can use different techniques for different stems...but only one technique per stem!
5- Make and Glue the flowers: Start with one flower that is far away from your stems and leaves that may still be wet. Choose one color OR you can choose two complementary colors (red/yellow, orange/yellow...if you put warm colors together OR cool colors together you can't fail).
If you use two colors for one flower, then decide where you want to put the darker color--on the outside or inside of each petal--and be consistent.
Be aware that you will be making a sky or background color on top after all your flowers and stems are done. If you choose to make blue toned flowers, that's fine...but you won't be able to use blue (sky) as your background color...you will need to use some other combination of colors that are different from your flower colors so that the flower color pops out from the background color.
For a large flower, you can glue one petal at a time. For smaller flowers you can just tear small pieces and make the entire flower at once.
Use the same technique to glue that you used for the leaves.
Complete all your leaves and flowers.
6- Make your sky/background: Use long strips to fill in the sky/background once all your flowers are done. You can use blue for the entire sky if you have not made blue flowers. If you have made blue flowers, you can use any combination of color strips for your sky..just try to use different colors from your flowers so that your flowers pop from the background. If you don't have enough colors, just leave some white space between your flowers and the sky/background. It will look beautiful either way! It's art!
7- You don't need to rush: If you have a space in your house or outside, you can do this project in stages. You can go back and add more tissue later even if the place you are adding it has already dried. BUT...read on...***
***IMPORTANT NOTE!!***For our final art meeting with Mrs. Woodward next Tuesday 5/26
- Have your entire picture completed: tissue all glued and DRIED (You do not need to put tissue on your small flower on the bottom left of your artwork-- that was our "practice" drawing. You can just leave it there like a picture within a picture).
- Have a black sharpie pen ready for our next meeting (you may have to politely ask your parents to get one for you :-)
- Make sure your picture is DRY for next week, otherwise the sharpie pen will bleed black all over it and that would just be sort of sad