We played around with tissue paper the other day with our friends Justin and Nathan who were over for the morning. I had a box of torn pieces left over from our tissue paper suncatchers, and decided to try tissue staining from MaryAnn Kohl's Preschool Art.
Kohl's page on tissue stains says to place torn bits of colored tissue paper on matte board or cardboard and then using a spray bottle of water and/or a wet paintbrush to wet the tissue pieces. Afterward remove the tissue pieces to reveal a stained design.
Maia and Justin had fun brushing water over the tissue paper pieces but soon decided they needed some glue as well. They added glue to the paper and also to their water.
It turns out the tissue stains didn't work for us. Not sure why. I lifted the tissue paper off (the non-glue art) when still wet and there was barely any stain. I let a couple of others dry completely before removing the tissue paper, and still there was barely any stain. Has anyone else done this project? Did I use the wrong kind of tissue paper (meant for wrapping gifts) or the wrong kind of matte board (the matte side of poster board)?
It was still a fun project and maybe we'll try this again sometime with special art tissue paper from the art supply store. Or maybe we'll try this tissue paper stained glass again now that Maia's a year older.