I'm very happy to report that I have readers from all over the globe, and while some are enjoying summer, many more I suspect are experiencing snow and cold weather. In Israel, we have unfortunately not had much of a winter this year (we really really need rain!) and my kids even left the house this morning without sweaters!So that together with the impending arrival of Tu B'Shevat will explain why the projects here suddenly look like Spring! Sorry, no snowmen around here, and I'd even feel a bit strange showing you some of the winter knitting projects I did for Chanukah gifts! (I'll have to give it some thought....)
Without further adieu, as they say, let me introduce to you this really nice project for the whole family, tissue paper collages on canvas! I used small square canvases from the dollar store, tissue paper, and modge podge. We are really enjoying the results, and I'm even thinking about doing a series of canvases for each holiday, with the result being enough to fill an entire wall at year's end!
Here's what the whole family has done thus far: the canvases on the right were created by my four year old (top) and my seven year old, all by her self (bottom). This is a great project for all ages, and for you too mom!
And the wonderful thing about crafting with tissue paper is the soft water color like results. Just be careful, tissue paper color does run, so try not to use too much glue/water solution, unless you like the effect of bleeding color, which actually can look great too.
If your children are too young for this project, so make some lovely canvases yourself, you can do a whole series in one sitting and you'll have some beautiful artwork to grace your walls!
- small gesso-prepared canvases (I got my at the dollar store)
- tissue paper
- paint (optional, the canvas on the bottom right was painted light blue first)
- modge podge, decoupage medium or a solution of 50%white glue/50% water
- sequins (optional, my four year old really liked the idea, though I honestly think they look nicer without anything added.)
- Cut out shapes from tissue paper, I cut the small flowers following the directions here, and the blue flower following the directions here.
- Using a paint brush cover area you wish to collage with modge podge, and carefully place tissue paper cutout onto wet canvas. Smooth tissue paper gently with your finger and apply another layer of modge podge over the tissue paper.
- Continue working in this manner, layering if desired, until you are satisfied with your composition.
- Allow to dry and paint a final coat of modge podge over the entire canvas.
- Hang and enjoy!