Bleeding tissue paper painting is a fun alternative to traditional painting. These bleeding tissue paper shamrocks are a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day art idea.
Bleeding tissue paper is one of our favorites ways to paint. It is fun. It is messy and it produces very cool results. We have made a few bleeding tissue projects for Christmas and then Valentine’s Day. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we had to make one for St. Paddy’s, as well. I love these bleeding tissue paper shamrocks because they are so simple.
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Start with a piece of watercolor paper. I cut the paper into quarters. I found that the smaller pieces are easier for my daughter to work with.
Draw a shamrock using a Sharpie onto your paper. The kids can either draw their own, you can give them a template or a cookie cutter or you can help draw them for them.
Draw a design in your shamrock or around the outside of it. Lay your paper onto a piece of wax paper or newspaper because it can get messy.
Tear up pieces of bleeding tissue paper in different shades of green for the shamrock and then choose colors for the background.
Fill a spray bottle with water and prep the paper by dampening it. Add the pieces of tissue paper to the damp paper. Layer the tissue paper and spray in between layers. The colors do run, so be careful if you are using multiple colors.
Set your project aside to dry.
Let it dry completely and remove the pieces of tissue to reveal the color. These are a ton of fun to make, so have fun with them. Play around with different designs and colors.
We also made these as watercolor paintings. Check out my daughter’s adorable leprechaun door painting.
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