Our Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group had so much fun with tissue paper last week, we thought why not try it again this week? So we got out some construction paper, some glue, some paint brushes, and tissue paper and let the kids go at it. The results were fantastic tissue paper collages!
The process to make the collages is as simple as painting. The kids could take the paint brushes and “paint” their papers with the glue. After getting as much or as little glue on the paper as desired, they could then apply the tissue paper in various ways: patterns, layers, pictures, just about anything would do. There were markers on each table, so if a child wanted to add a drawing to the collage, he or she was able to. Just be careful not to get the markers in the glue! We had a few sticky marker tips to clean off before Art Group was over.
A few musts for this activity:
– Use heavy construction paper or other thick art paper. The wetness of the glue coupled with the tissue tends to break down lighter weight papers.
– Absolutely cover up any work surface. The glue is far harder to remove than finger or tempera paints.
– Water down the glue a little. About a tablespoon or two of water per 1/4 cup of glue should work. It makes the glue more spreadable and easier to work with, as well as more washable. Good to know for when those sticky fingers need cleaning off.
Remember that the tissue paper will stick to the glue regardless of how it is applied, so encourage your kids to experiment with texture by balling up the tissue paper, crumpling it or ripping it into smaller pieces. Once the paper has been applied, let them run over the pieces with more glue and apply more paper on top. Explore the color combinations that can be created by layering color tissue on color tissue.
The ease and variety of tactile experiences make this a great activity for even very young children. Best of all, the collages can be used to support other art projects. One little girl used her tissue paper collage to make a birthday card for a relative. How can you and your kids re-purpose the artwork once it comes down from the fridge?
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.