Remember overlapped paper does not act exactly like mixing
paint.  If you wish to avoid surprises you can make a sample
color strip or color swatches to see how your paper acts
when overlapped before applying paper to canvas or you
can just work with the surprises.  

This is a forgiving medium.  If you don’t like what you’ve
done you can pull up an area and start again.  

Tissue paper is not colorfast (or shouldn't be) so bleeds with
the addition of water.   Work with this to blend your colors
but be careful not to mix to the point of “muddying” up an
area.  Your brush and glue mixture will become stained with
the color you are laying down so rinse your brush often.  
Speaking of “mud” remember mixing or overlaying any two
complimentary colors (any 2 colors opposite one another on
the wheel) make brown.

Optional – After you have laid all paper color you can add
lines, shapes or spots with paint or permanent marker or
even work in another material like thread, string, or perhaps
natural material like grasses or sticks.  
There are times and situations when we are faced with blank
walls and the decision of how we are going to fill the empty
space effectively yet inexpensively.   Such is the case with
young people first starting out, newly divorced starting
again, disaster survivors and multitudes of people who work
hard but never earn enough to buy what they need let alone
art to hang and enjoy.  In such cases you need not do without
art or leave the walls bare but need to try your own artistic
hand and a bit of creativity.  

Filling a large empty wall with interest and color was my
reason for making this 36” x 48” tissue paper creation.  In
this project tissue paper is used instead of paint as a method
of color application.  The technique employed is a clean, fast
and easy way to apply color, allows for great freedom and is
readily adaptable to any age group or skill level.  

This example overlays large torn pieces of colored artist
tissue paper to freely form a design with an abstract
landscape feel but could just as easily been made from cut
geometric shapes, representative figures or realistic
scenes.  The composition and color scheme is limited only by
the creators imagination.  

Some may call this a tissue paper collage and would be
correct only in so far as the word collage is derived from the
French word coller which means glue.  Collage is actually a
distinctive form of modern art begun in the early 20th century
with artist like Braque and Picasso and entails much more
than simply gluing pieces of tissue paper together.  
Generally collages are a hodgepodge of materials including
newspaper clippings, portions of other art, ribbons, strings,
different kinds and textures of paper, photographs and
materials from nature.  Once assembled a true collage has a
meaning, message or point of view referenced by the words,
pictures or objects used in the work which transcends the
materials used.  So while we may be using a collage
technique this project is not what I would consider or call a
collage or use as a representation of that art form.  This
particular project would be better presented as an exercise
in color, design, paper, or translucency rather than collage.  
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