How to Use Tissue Paper in Your Art Journal

mixed media portrait

One of my most favorite art supplies can actually be found in the health or beauty section of the store:  printed facial tissue!  I love it because it's inexpensive and can be found printed with the cutest (often seasonal!) designs.  In today's Quick Tip Tuesday video for the Shawn Petite Creative Team, I'll show you how to this common item in a not-so-common way in your art journal!

Another alternative is printed tissue paper, or printed napkins.  Printed tissue paper (found in the gift wrap or party supply isle) is nice because it comes in all kinds of patterns and sometimes even has bits of glitter embedded into it which is a nice way to add glitter to a project without all the mess!  And printed napkins have the same look and feel as the printed facial tissue and also have the three layers that can be used separately.

mixed media tissue paper collage

What I love most about using tissue paper as collage is that it adds such a subtle layer and feeling of dimension to your artwork.  It's a great way to add layers without adding bulk to the page.  It's also a great way to add clear, stamped letters or images to your artwork while avoiding stamping over bumps in the page, which can alter or mess up your image.

stamping on tissue paper

To see more step-by-step detail of how I create this effect with tissue paper in my art journal, check out the video above or go HERE to my Youtube channel.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I'd love to see how you incorporate tissue paper into your artwork!