Tissue Paper Collage

by Lydia Fiedler

Learn a fun and easy mixed media collage technique using your leftover gift tissue and alcohol markers.


  • Paint brush
  • Watercolor paper (Fabriano hot press watercolour block used here)
  • Dye re-inkers (matching your markers - or other watercolor medium)
  • Alcohol markers (Stampin' Up! Blendabilities used here)
  • White gift tissue
  • Matte gel medium
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Fine line black pen (Faber-Castell Pitt Pen used here)
  • Splatter brush (or old toothbrush - optional)
  • White gel pen or white acrylic paint (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Do a pale watercolor wash on a piece of watercolor paper. Choose colors which match the alcohol markers you're using - I used matching dye reinkers. Dry with a heat gun to flatten.

  2. Step 2

    Cover a piece of white gift tissue paper with marks or dots with different colored alcohol markers. (Water-based markers will not work with this technique because the gel medium will smear them.)

  3. Step 3

    Hand cut or die cut flower and leaf shapes from the colored tissue paper.

  4. Step 4

    Apply matte gel medium to an area slightly larger than your cut shape with a foam paintbrush.

  5. Step 5

    Gently apply the tissue paper to the wet gel medium, smoothing from the center outwards with your finger to make sure there are no wrinkles.

  6. Step 6

    Apply a thin layer of matte gel medium to the tissue paper, being sure to cover completely. Using a thin layer will give you the best results - the tissue is more likely to buckle with a heavier, wetter application of medium.

  7. Step 7

    Once all images are applied and the matte medium is completely dry (this is very important for the health of your black pen!), begin outlining the tissue shapes and doodling on and around them.

  8. Step 8

    If desired, using the splatter brush or a toothbrush, splatter the panel with white acrylic paint, or add accents with a white gel pen. Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tissue Paper Collage. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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What a perfect card! Great job and I will definitely try this out. I've never heard of nor seen this splatter brush, but it's a HTH (have to have)!
Maria Geary  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 5:39 AM
Lovely, so pretty
eluned jeffery  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 5:56 AM
Well this is just adorable and sooooo fun Lydia! I can't wait to try it!!! What a happy card, and I have a ton of tissue paper right now to play with! smile Thanks for the great instructions!
Grace  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 6:35 AM
Beautiful card and technique. I was wondering if you could use Hodge Podge instead of the gel medium to glue down your flowers. thank you.
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:02 AM
I meant Mod Podge!
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:07 AM
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Love the Dr. Seuss feel.
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:13 AM
I didn't see the link to the original website tutorial? Could you please forward it to me. Thanks - I really enjoyed your video.
Jenny  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:34 AM
Fran, Mod Podge works too! It will dry with a slightly heavier finish than the gel medium.
dina  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM
I just live how you take a blank piece of watercolor paper and turn it into magic! I, too, was wondering if you can use modge podge. The only other stuff I have is modeling paste and gesso.
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:54 AM
Hi ladies - thank you for your kind comments! You can definitely use Mod Podge to collage things with. I find that in my climate it doesn't work as well - for me it always stays a little stickier, but I know that it is commonly used for collage - any collage medium will work - this one just happens to be the one I like best!
lydia  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 7:57 AM
Jenny the link to Carol's tutorial is in my blog post: http://understandblue.blogspot.com/2014/10/grab-tissue.html
lydia  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM
Great-great video Lydia---gotta try this now! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Thanks for the spatter brush demo. I have had one for years and it has never been used. Love, love your tissue paper flowers and zen doodling...a must try!
Bobbi G  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 9:05 AM
Lydia, this is so cool! May have to be my project for today!
Jo Billups  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM
Awesome video Lydia, great technique 😄
Chriss Blagrave  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 9:49 AM
Cool technique! Love the whimsy. Never saw that splatter tool before. Where do you get that??
Diane Ouellette  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM
Hi Diane - thank you! The Splatter brush is linked in the supply list above. smile
lydia  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Oh I love, love this! Great way to start making mixed media art.
Donna  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 3:41 PM
This IS BEAUTIFUL Lydia!!! It makes me think of Zen tangled too! SUPER JOB!!!!!!!! wink
Becky Green  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 5:46 PM
So pretty, Lydia! I like this technique, that brush is awesome!
Kathy H  |  Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 6:59 PM

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