Lady bugs, welcome to the June Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene at My Pinterventures. The purpose of these Pinterest challenges is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you, too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! For June, finally finished a collage I’ve been working on for over a year using a bleeding tissue paper technique I learned…guess where? Yuppers, you guessed it, Pinterest!
Pinspired Bleeding Tissue Paper Collage
This bleeding tissue paper collage has been hanging fire for over a year. I wanted to create an elephant collage on a bleeding tissue paper background for my elephant-themed guest bedroom. I first thought up this project in the spring of 2015. First mentioned it on the blog as an activity on my 2017 spring bucket list. Yes, that’s 2017…not a typo. It was one of those cases where I knew in my head how I wanted it to look but couldn’t get my hands to make it happen. And, as it turned out, I didn’t realize that all tissue paper isn’t bleeding tissue paper. That’s where Pinterest came in and my Pinterventure began.
I had tried to use regular tissue paper on this collage for my first run but my tissue paper didn’t. Run, that is. It didn’t bleed. What’s a gal to do when at first her project doesn’t work? Hit Pinterest, of course! (Then try, try again) I found this video on Pinterest created by Shaunna at Fantastic Fun and Learning. It clarified for me that there is a special bleeding tissue paper used in art projects. A quick order on Amazon put some of that stuff in my hands in 2 days. Thank you, Prime. Onward, and upward.
My supply list for this project evolved as I was creating my collage. As I added things, subtracted things to the collage. Here’s what I wound up using:
- bleeding tissue paper
- scrapbook paper in several complementary patterns
- elephant pattern to trace, found mine on Pinterest, here, by Ellen Baker at The Long Thread
- ink pad and dabber or Q-tip
- buttons, sequins, small beads
- small spray bottle filled with water
- spray adhesive
- clear spray-on glaze for craft projects
- Find an elephant pattern or create your own (or any other animal or character).
- Determine how you want your pattern to lie on the canvas and how many pieces of your pattern you will need.
- Select several patterns of scrapbook paper in complementary colors.
- Trace the pattern onto the scrapbook paper.
- Cut out the elephants (or the animal of your choosing).
- Arrange them onto the canvas in a pleasing manner and take a photo of your final arrangement.
- Remove the elephants from the canvas and set aside.
- Select tissue paper colors that coordinate with or complement the colors in your scrapbook paper shapes.
- Tear the tissue paper into different shapes and sizes.
- Arrange the torn pieces of tissue paper onto the canvas creating a good balance of color and white space.
- Keep in mind that when the tissue paper colors bleed into one another, new colors will be created. Using too many colors and too much water will make a muddy brownish-black shade.
- Lightly spray the tissue paper with water from the spray bottle on one area of the canvas at a time.
- After the color bleeding slows in one area, move to another area and spray those tissue paper pieces.
- Fold pieces of tissue paper around the edges of the canvas so they will be dyed, too.
- Once all of the tissue paper pieces have been sprayed, allow the entire canvas to dry 5-10 minutes.
- Pull up the damp tissue paper with tweezers and set aside.
- Evaluate the color areas and white space on the canvas, if there are places where more color or the addition of another color is needed, use a fresh piece of torn tissue and repeat the process above, using a light mist of water.
- Once the bleeding tissue paper background looks the way you like it, allow it to dry completely.
- In the meantime, take your ink dabber and lightly dab ink around the edges of your animals to give them an aged look that will help set them apart from the background.
- Consult the photo you took of the arrangement of the scrapbook paper animals and put them in place on the dried canvas background.
- Trace lightly around the animals with pencil to mark their places, then remove them from the canvas.
- Spread aluminum foil or wax paper on the floor in a space where over-spray from the adhesive won’t damage anything.
- Spray the back of one elephant at a time and add it immediately to the canvas using the pencil lines as a guide for positioning them.
- Allow to dry completely.
- If desired, spray entire canvas with gloss, semi-gloss, or matte protective spray.
- Once the canvas is dry, add details to the animals faces using buttons, sequins, small beads.
Last step is a biggie. Pat yourself on the back for finally finishing a project that you started, if you are ME, 3 years ago! Hang it in the elephant guest bedroom!
Do you Pinterest, my dears? Has Pinterest ever come to your rescue on a project that you were struggling with? Do you still pin or has Pinterest become a passing fancy?
I still pin all the time. And I go back over my pins quite often. Maybe not all of them, but especially my recipes and craft activity pins. If you are a Pinterester, please leave your handle in a comment below so I can follow you. Would love for you to follow me back. You can find me on Pinterest, here.
Would like to invite my crafty blogging buds to join in for July’s Pinterest Challenge. To join next month’s #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ July Pinterest Challenge.
Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!
Erlene – My Pinterventures • Lauren – Mom Home Guide
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Bri – Halfpint Design • Julie – Sum of their Stories
Lisa – Blogghetti • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Pili – My Sweet Things • Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
Chelc – Inside The Fox Den • Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Kelley – Simply Inspired Meals • Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Habiba – Craftify My Love
Kristie – Teadoddles • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications
Kelli – The Olympic Nest • Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Emily – Domestic Deadline
Thank you, sweet pals o’mine, for visiting today. Chances are that while you are reading this I am still out of town, celebrating Brennyn and Mustafa’s wedding. Will be back home on the 20th and hope to settle into a routine for the rest of the summer. I work so much better with a schedule to keep me straight. Do you? Come back on 06.21.2018 for a peek at my 2018 summer bucket list. And think about linking-up with us to share yours!
Hugs and kisses,