One thing my home is sorely lacking is art. I’ve been so consumed with furniture, soft furnishings and far too many hanging planters, that I’ve neglected to extend the decoration to the walls. The pieces I do have are slowly collected and sparsely dotted around my home, and although each of these pieces holds some significance to me, I do feel that a few “filler” frames could bring them all together a little more. Along with looking for prints from local artists, I want to DIY a few pieces to add to the mix, and I felt like this tissue paper art was the perfect place to start. The bright colors, combined with a minimal design, creates an eye-catching piece that can fit in any sized wall space that you need to fill. —Fran
- Tissue paper
- Decoupage adhesive
- Paint brush
1. Gather together a collection of tissue papers in different colors. Tear them up to create a range of sizes and shapes to experiment with.
2. When you think you’re happy with a rough design, spread decoupage adhesive over the back of the tissue paper with your paint brush. Be quick because the glue dries fast!
3. Place onto a piece of paper that is the same size as your frame. Smooth down and push out any air bubbles with your fingers.
4. To make sure all the edges are securely sealed down, brush a light layer of decoupage adhesive over the top of the tissue paper.
5. Keep building up the layers of tissue paper. Pay extra attention to the overlapping tissue paper. Add a little extra glue to create this translucent effect, letting the color below show through the higher layers.
6. Once you’ve finished your design, seal down any edges that are coming loose and leave to dry fully. Insert into the picture frame then hang, lean or prop up to fill your space with color and vibrance.