Tissue Paper Collage Self-Portrait
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Tissue Paper Collage Self-Portrait

Go with your natural colors for a true self-portrait or create a fantasy character using all types of color, as pictured in the project photo.

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Material List

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper
  • Glue – White
  • Water
  • Container, Small
  • Soft-bristle Brush
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper – Assorted Colors of Choice
  • Mirror
 

Project Instructions

Start by taking a look at yourself in the mirror. Study the shape of your face and begin to drawing it on the paper. Add your features, nose, eyes, and mouth, but just the outline.

Mix one part glue to four parts water. We will use this mixture to paint over the tissue paper, hold it, and seal it.

Using the scissors, or tearing the paper with your fingers, shape the pieces of tissue paper to fit your portrait. Using a brush, glue them down with the glue-and-water mixture.

Continue adding and gluing down the tissue paper, layering it where you wish the color to be darker and leaving a single layer in the areas you want lighter.

Add the background with additional tissue paper, using a solid color or pattern of your choice.