IF Kids Project :: Tissue Paper Drawings

Here it comes! Another installation of Illustration Friday Kids Projects!

This lesson is taken straight from my book by Quarry publishers: Art Lab for Kids. Remember though – you are allowed to try this out too!
Sometimes it’s super fun to “draw” with something other than a pencil. I also find that tearing up paper in general is a very relaxing activity… don’t you?!

So for this adventure all you need to gather is:

• Assorted-colored tissue paper
• White glue thinned with water
• A soft paintbrush
• A piece of card stock to glue your “drawing” to
• Pencil (if desired!)
• Mirror 

To get started:

1. Using a mirror or a photograph of yourself — take a good look at the shape of your face. Is it round-ish? Square-ish? You decide!

2. Start by drawing a light outline of the shape of your face. Of course you don’t have to use the pencil at all — you can just start gluing the paper in the shape that you observed. Below the artist used a pencil and started gluing the background first, but you choose. You are the artist!

3. Give yourself a neck too!

4. Tear some paper and glue it down. Make sure to brush the glue ON TOP of the paper to really stick it down.

(Tip: Keep the paper in a pile or a box away from the glue so it doesn’t get too sticky.)

5. Layers of tissue paper make it appear darker, so try layering the papers as you go to darken shadow areas.

6. Keep tearing the paper to make your picture. Glue down all stray corners!

7. Make sure to glue down colorful tissue papers to make your skin color, eye color and other facial features, too!

When you’re done, we want to see it!! Post your photos of your tissue paper drawings on the IF Kids Facebook page and the Art Labs Kids Facebook page to share them!


This post is brought you by Illustration Friday Contributor Susan Schwake. Susan is co-owner and curator of Artstream LLC and though the gallery runs an independent art school serving people of all ages and abilities. She is also the author of Art Lab for Kids: 52 projects in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper and Mixed Media by Quarry Books.

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Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Posted by Thomas James on 09/11/12 under IF Kids
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