by Erin Ismay, art lover and creative enthusiast, venturing into the world of business running art and craft parties for kids,  loves travel, photography and spending time with her hubby! 

I know how anxious moms can get when their kids are at home over holidays or weekends and they have run out of options to keep their kids entertained!  Doing something arty is such a wonderful way to keep children entertained, whilst also stimulating their brains and creativity! You can also join in the fun if you wish!

Tissue Paper Painting is so much fun to do and your kids will love watching the colours bleed into each other as you go!

Here is what you will need.

A few sheets of white tissue paper
Any water based paints like powder or acrylic
A flat surface preferably covered with newspaper or plastic table cloth
Water and container
Large soft paintbrush or sponge brush
A4 sheets of paper preferably 140gsm thick.
A container to mix your paint in, I used an ice cube tray, otherwise use a palette if you have one.

Step 1: choose the colours you would like to use and put a small amount of paint into the container, add a few drops of water making the paint very runny.

Step 2: Lay out your tissue paper with shiny side facing up, now you can start dabbing paint onto the tissue paper being careful to be gentle otherwise the tissue paper will tear, you can even dip your brush in water to drop water onto the paint to get a bleeding effect. As you add on more colours you will see how they bleed into each other creating a beautiful marbled effect.

Step 3: Once you have finished painting your whole sheet of tissue paper, leave it to dry. If you are working outside, be careful to secure the tissue paper down as it will easily blow away and then tear and stick together. Once it is dry it will be quite firm.

Step 4: Now that you have your own beautiful colourful creation of tissue paper you can use it to make some lovely cards. This will keep the kids busy! They can cut out/trace shapes to cut out from the tissue paper and stick them onto the card paper and make personalised cards for friends and family!

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