Tissue Paper Challenge
I have a hard time keeping up with art challenges, but I stopped in at just the right time for Michelle Ward’s monthly Street Team crusade focusing on the use of tissue paper as a texture/layer element.
I’ve used tissue paper before but not this way, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I used white gesso to coat some bright magenta tissue and some lighter weight brown. I then painted the tissues with yellow and gold acrylic and used rubber stamps with paint to imprint some designs and words. I also used some markers and pens on some “untreated” brown tissue. I tore the paper and layered it onto paper, canvas, and board using thinned white glue. This canvas was the result I liked the best. The glue added some sheen to the tissue, and while the markers bled, the pen lines did not (see upper left corner).
I didn’t have a plan for a composition. I was just experimenting. I decided this made a good playground for some of these little “helmet fish” I’ve been drawing lately. I drew the fish on some scrap paper and glued them down. After I finished, I decided the composition looked better upside down, so that’s how you’re seeing it.