Tissue Paper Decopauged Art Work

Since we are finally all settled in the new house I have been trying really hard to get the girls' rooms decorated.  My poor oldest daughter has never really had a decorated room.  We hung a few pictures in the rental house, but I just never could get too motivated to do anything else.  But now that we own again I am totally ready to give them both the special rooms they deserve.
As far as decorating goes, I am a huge fan of a few styles/items:
Monograms
(as you can see here: Wine Cork Monogram) 

Simple Silhouette/cut out designs
(as you can see here: Painted Mirrors - Felt Silhouette Pillows) 
Large personalized artwork
(as you can see here: Scrapbook Paper Artwork)
And for this project I combined all three of those things into my
 Tissue Paper Decoupaged art work
Supplies you'll need:
blank canvas (any size or shape)
colored tissue paper
scissors
Elmer's glue & water or Modge Podge
Foam brushes

I snagged a three pack of flat canvases at Michael's with my 40% off coupon for this project so the art work could easily become the monogram for Meredith's room.  Bonus!

If you are going to make your own decoupage solution simply mix 1 part Elmer's glue with 1 part water.  It's cheaper than Modge Podge and works perfectly for this kind of project.
I prefer to do a background before my tissue paper silhouettes to help the art work look a little more finished and not just slapped down on the canvas.  I cut a bunch of 6"-10" squares out of a lighter color of tissue paper and decoupaged them on the canvas.  Make sure they overlap and that you cover the entire canvas with extra to wrap around the edges.  My tissue paper is very light pink and you can hardly see the color on the final project.  But, it does make a big difference in the texture of the art piece and helps you not see raw canvas between the silhouettes.

Now you need to cut out the silhouettes to be decoupaged onto the canvas.  I decided on 1 butterfly canvas and 2 flower canvases.  I made sure to cut out three different sizes of each pattern in three different colors of tissue paper.  I also laid them all out before I started attaching them to make sure I had a good looking balance of the colors and sizes.

Then it's just another round of decoupaging to get all the silhouettes in place.

TIP: Be very careful when decoupaging tissue paper,
because it will tear very easily!
Once they are all attached I did a final 'top coat' of decoupage to help seal the edges.

Depending on what you are making this art piece for you can stop there and have a great personalized piece of artwork. 

Since I wanted these canvases to be the monogram in my oldest daughters room I attached letters over the silhouettes.  (I am still undecided about the fonts I used so they are not decoupaged on yet...just stuck on temporarily)



I really like this project because it's super easy and can be modified a million different ways!  And with all the colors of tissue paper out there the options are endless!
You just have to find the time!

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9 Response to Tissue Paper Decopauged Art Work

January 12, 2012 at 7:34 AM

I love these! It does look easy and I have plenty of Modpodge. :-) New follower coming over from Craft Blog Hop. Come visit sometime...

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January 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Hi there, I'm sure your daughter is thrilled with the artwork. It's lovely. Thanks for sharing and also for the homemade modpodge. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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January 13, 2012 at 5:16 AM

I'm sure your daughter loves the new look these pieces are giving her room. Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower!

January 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

That is adorable!

January 16, 2012 at 5:16 AM

These are really pretty. They remind me somewhat of Hawaiian quilts with the bright flowers on a white background. Great job, and thanks for sharing!

Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker

January 16, 2012 at 5:32 AM

I just love how your monogram art turned out so unique and clever. Thanks for sharing

January 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I bet your daughter is wild crazy happy with the new look. Very cute, Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best! Now following!

January 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Hi - very beautiful. I bet your daughter is very happy with a personalized artpiece!

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January 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Love the project!! I may have to try that out for my daughter's room :) Thanks for linking up!

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