Monday, October 3, 2011

Bleeding Tissue Fall Leaves

We created Fall Leaves using bleeding tissue paper.  Bleeding tissue can be really cool when you want the colors to run on your paper! If you use non-bleeding tissue paper this project will not work!  Bleeding tissue can be purchased at most Arts and Craft stores and I've seen it online here.  For this project all you'll need is some bleeding tissue paper, scissors, white paper, newspaper, water, and a paint brush. Here is one of our finished bleeding tissue Fall leaves.

To begin,  cut out some leaf shapes from white paper.  Put your paper leaf shapes on newspaper to soak up any mess from the water.

Next,  tear or cut some bleeding tissue paper shapes that are Fall colors.  Also,  have some water in a dish and a paint brush.

To create the bleeding colors,  place pieces of the tissue paper on the white paper leaf and paint over them with a paint brush dipped in water.

After a while you'll notice the colors start to bleed from the tissue paper like paint.  You can overlap the tissue paper for a more mixed up color look.  I think it is a really AMAZING effect!  Here you can see the bleeding colors start to do their magic!

After putting all the bleeding tissue paper on and painting with water,  then let your leaf dry.  The leaves actually look pretty cool at this point.  If you like this effect better then the end result,  you could mix the water with glue and the tissue paper would adhere to the leaf paper!

When the leaves are dry, you can take the tissue paper off to reveal beautiful water color-ish Fall Leaves!
Here is one of our other finished leaves. They make GORGEUS Fall decorations!

We didn't throw away the tissue paper.  Check back on our next post to find out what we did with the scraps!!!!!!

Other Great projects done with Bleeding Tissue paper in the blogosphere:

DIY Wrapping Paper from Hands On: As We Grow

Bleeding Tissue Paper from Paint Cut Paste

Raindrop Collage from TinkerLab


  1. I have successfully done this project using vinegar instead of water and regular tissue paper. Little ones love to see the colors they create.

  2. We did this with an umbrella cut out, only we used spray bottles and pretended it was raining!

  3. haha! i was going to share that we made prints with bleeding tissue paper, and you beat me to it! i love all those fall colors and look forward to seeing what you do with all the scraps. i can only imagine...

  4. These are lovely!
    Fall is such a great time for art, I think as there is so much beauty outdoors!
    (I've done something like this with vinegar, and regular tissue paper as well, but I think we made a print with the coloured tissue paper, by painting the tissue with vinegar and then lifting the tissue off to leave the colour.)
    Good post!

  5. This is another art material we have never tried - the colors look gorgeous!

  6. I love this! I actually just bought some bleeding tissue paper to try some projects such as this one. Now I'm excited to try. These turned out really beautiful!

  7. These look like so much fun to make and really are beautiful. Thanks for linking it up to Monday Madness!

  8. I didn't know there was special bleeding tissue paper - I just used what we had - the cheap stuff from the dollar store! One some colors bled. I love your leaves and I love that C painted the water on. Thanks for linking to our wrapping paper :) You're the best!

  9. I think this is so cute and clever. As always you have great ideas.

  10. thanks much for sharing on craft Schooling Sunday, and for educating me about "bleeding tissue paper", didn't know there was a difference, mine always bleeds!

  11. What a brilliant post, thanks so much for sharing this with us.
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