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Tissue Paper Bleeding Art – For Beginners

Tissue paper bleeding art is an easy and fun craft for all ages. It’s simple, cheap and super cool!


Tissue paper bleeding art easy craft DIY

I love painting with paints, but when I came across some gorgeous tissue paper bleeding art, I was blown away and had to try it out.

I loved the tissue art technique so much I made 3 projects. I’ll provide instructions on each,  since they were done slightly different.

If you’ve never heard of tissue paper art before, your in for a treat. Here’s the basics…

What is Tissue Paper Bleeding Art?

You know that tissue paper you use in gift bags? Well, you take those colorful pieces of tissue, place them on a wet canvas and like MAGIC, the dye’s from the tissue transfer to the canvas!

Your canvas will have a cool watercolor-like design that so easy to do and my favorite part, hardly any cleanup!

Thisis also a great activity/craft to do with the kids -instead of the quote they can doodle any drawing they want over top, or just leave it as is!

Here’s the material list and tutorial for Project #1. For project #2, scroll down some more.
Tissue Paper Bleeding Art material list


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Tissue Art Project #1


1. Tissue paper. I got mine from Michael’s ( “Celebrate it!” Brand). I tried the Dollarstore kind but it didn’t bleed. If you buy online I have heard this particular brand works well.

2. Canvas board

3. FREE Printables at the end of post.

4. Black Sharpie. I recommend getting the Ultra Fine tip which really helps with the intricate quote work. If you buy online it’s here.
5. Pencil
6. Water


1. Transferring words/designs onto canvas (or many other materials) without a fancy machine or stencil is actually very simple. On the BACKSIDE of your printout go over your design with a pencil, like in the images below.


2. Now flip paper over and position the quote over your canvas where you want it to go. Take a sharp pencil and trace over the letters/design -JUST the outline.


3. Remove the printer paper from canvas. The canvas should now look like this:



4. Take your Sharpie and fill in the design on the canvas. A gold leaf pen would also be cool, haven’t tried it but I want to one of these days!

5. Once Sharpie quote is dried, lightly wet your canvas with water (not too much water, otherwise your colors wont be as vibrant).

Take your desired colored tissue  (I used dark pink, orange, yellow and purple), tear them into random pieces and place them over wet canvas. Try not to think too much in this part and lay your tissue in random places. This was my favorite part of the project!

6. Let the tissue dry a minimum of 5 minutes before removing them. If you wait until they are completely dry that would be ideal ( most vibrant color). I didn’t and just waited 5 minutes and I was still happy with the pastel-y outcome.
tissue paper bleeding art complete quote and painting


7. You could repeat step 5 over again to get a “layered” look, which is what I did in both these pieces. Again, try not to think to much and have fun with it!!
8. Your done!
Hang on! this tissue paper bleeding art tutorial isn’t done yet!
Scroll below to see Project #2….
Tissue Paper Bleeding Art with Sharpie Facebook Post

  Tissue Art Project  # 2


1. Tissue paper that bleeds

2. White Oil based Sharpie marker

3. Canvas board

4. Stencil

Tissue Paper Art Technique

1. Take your white Oil based Sharpie and color in your stencil onto the canvas board. It’s important you use the oil based Sharpie , since the tissue paper color will resist the Oil and the white color of the marker

It might be hard to see the white Sharpie on the white canvas board, just do your best – doesn’t have to be perfect.

2. Like in the previous project, wet your canvas lightly with water.

Take your torn up tissue paper pieces and put them on your wet canvas.

To make sure the tissue paper is evenly wet, lightly wet the top of the tissue paper once on the canvas ( with a brush or paper towel)

3. Let the tissue paper dry at least 5 Minutes ( completely dry to get the most vibrant color).

4. Once tissue is dry , peel off the tissue paper and your left with a cool tissue bleeding resist art. The pattern/ stencil work with your white Sharpie is now visible.

There you you have it, 2 easy peasy tissue paper bleeding art projects for you to try.

If you liked this tissue paper art step by step guide, please pin it.

Until next time time, stay Nifty!

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Tuesday 5th of January 2021

I'm curious why you used an oil based sharpie for the white, but not for the black? Also, where did you buy your stencil? I love the project and will be trying it this weekend :) Thank you!!

Jasmine K

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Hi Stephanie,

I used the black non-oil sharpie because it had a very fine point, which I couldn’t find with the oil based markers, and I was using it for writing on top of the tissue art (non-resist). The white was oil based since I was using the resist method, and put the tissue overtop of it.

I hope that makes sense and enjoy making it this weekend! Let me know if you have any more questions.

Cheers, Jasmine

Toni Lynn

Friday 1st of January 2021

Is this technique done the same way on say pallet wood? I may be jumping the bun if already mentioned, I’m reading your stuff and trying to get ready for work 😉

Jasmine K

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Hi Toni,

You should be able to stain the palette wood with tissue paper granted it’s light enough ( is the wood painted white?). Fair warning though, I’m not 100% sure how vibrant or effective the technique will turn out on palette wood as I’ve never tried it.I would try it on a small sample and see if you like it before trying on a larger piece.

Cheers, Jasmine


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Think this will be a great project. Really liked the font you used for your quote. What is it?

Jasmine K

Monday 7th of December 2020

Thank you Catherine! It was a fun project. The script's called "Salmela"

Cheers, Jasmine

Marjorie Sims

Friday 9th of October 2020

Can you do this on a painted wood surface (TV tray table)? I painted it, but I would love to apply this technique as well as words.

Jasmine K

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Hi Majorie, great question! I have never tried to do this technique on a wood surface, so not 100% sure. However, if you coated the wood with a layer of paint ( I am assuming its a water based paint?), then the tissue paper bleeding art technique should work (in theory). The word transfer will definitely work, as I have done this myself on wood (painted with a coat of white acrylic paint). Hope that helps answer your questions! And enjoy creating your project, sounds like a fun one :)

Cheers, Jasmine

Ellen Taylor

Monday 2nd of March 2020

Do you have to use a canvas board or can you use a stretched canvas on a wooden frame?

Jasmine K

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Hey Ellen, I used canvas board but you can most definately use stretch canvas too. Enjoy!!

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