After a weekend away from the little one for the first time ever I have been enjoying a wonderful week back at home. Back to days on the ground playing with toys and chasing our soon to be runner all around the house. I got a little break during nap time and figured it was as good a time as any to finally get some artwork hung up on the sides of our main living room window. I have made these multiple times in the past and love them because they look like high-end art but can be done in about an hour, or less. The mixed media gives dimension and the bright colors pop in the sun. Best part, if you hate the colors you picked, you can rest easy making another one knowing that it didn’t take you forever!
The ones I made for the living room are all circle shapes, but if you look back at the post about my office you can see one to the left of my computer made out of pentagons.
I went to Joannes and bought their huge bundle of multi colored tissue paper so that I had plenty of colors to choose from. Then I grabbed the watercolor paints that closely resembled each color. For this piece I choose four colors. You can do more but when you are making the water-color shapes the potency of the paint can change the color. For example if you are using red (like I did) then you may also have some pink. So four colors has always worked for me, and looked like more once it was finished.
What you need: tissue paper in your color choices, watercolor to match each, a sheet of watercolor paper (mine is 20×24), white acrylic paint, paint brush, glue, scissors, and some dishes for water and paint.Pick your colors and get everything out and ready to go.Pour a little bit of each paint into a dish. I put each of my colors in one corner of a Chinese takeout container (so many uses for those things!). Then just add a little water, or a lot, to get the color you are looking for. You can also put the water directly on to the paper and then add the paint to it as you go to the get the color you want. I love when the outlines seem darker than the middle so I added water to the inside and painted in a circular motion toward the outside of the shape. When it dries it will have that look. But when the shapes are still wet try layering them, the colors will bleed together and offer a pretty cool look. Once you’ve got all of your circles (or another shape) finished you can start to do the next layer.
Grab the tissue paper and cut your shapes. Dunk them into a bowl of water and drizzle Elmers glue over top. Carefully pull them out so that they don’t fold in on themselves. Once that happens there is no coming back from it and you have to cut another shape. This happened to me about a thousand times. I have found that the lighter the color the more delicate the paper is. If it doesn’t wrinkle a bit before laying it on the paper (gluey side down) then you can gently wrinkle it yourself. Again, the lighter colors wrinkle well but when I was putting the black on I had to kind of force a wrinkled look. For a little more dimension you can take the same color paint and lightly paint over the wrinkles in your tissue paper.After all of the tissue paper and paint is dry you can add the white paint. Pick spots where you see openings or need a break between colors. Once everything is dry you can frame and hang it! I think they look awesome somewhere with a lot of light. Enjoy!