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I love making something beautiful out of nothing. I also love using up things that I hoard (like fabric & wrapping paper)… because if I use it it’s not hoarding. Right? Right…

Since I have a whole shoebox of tissue paper, I decided to use some to make a pretty picture of a sailboat. I was actually inspired by this picture that was for sale on One King’s Lane.

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So, here is what I did.

First, I started with a piece of cardstock. I’m out of white, so I used light grey. I used a pencil to lightly sketch out my design. I decided to go with a big boat, a medium boat, and a small boat.

 Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Next I started to prep my tissue paper by cutting it into small pieces. I decided to cut the white (for sails) into triangles and the blue (for sky/water) into rectangles. This would give the art more depth (at least in my mind).

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

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Hint: don’t cut on your fan while doing this.

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Next I made my own version of modge podge. I filled a glass jar (also hoarded) 1/2 way with water and microwaved it for about 1 minute. Then I filled it up with white glue & microwaved for 30 seconds. Now screw on the lid & shake. Careful, it’s HOT!

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Now you’re ready to start. Paint a thin layer of modge podge onto the cardstock and lay down a layer of tissue. I did about a 3″x3″ section at a time.

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

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Just sit the tissue on there and keep going til you do the whole paper.

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Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Then, if you want it darker, add another layer. Some areas of my page had 3-4 layers.

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

Just be gentle brushing over the existing tissue paper so you don’t rush it. I used a foam brush & found it to be quite gentle.

Tissue Paper Art - Charleston Crafted

When you’re done, paint a very thin layer of modge podge on top to make sure they all stick down good.

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Ta-da! Let it dry flat. I modge podged another sheet of cardstock to make it more sturdy.

I just love free projects, don’t you?

 

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