Module 2: Tissue Paper Collages

Colour and Composition

Create coloured tissue sheets as per video instruction. Use a variety of colours in subtle ways. About 6-8 copy paper sized (A4) sheets will be required in a variety of colours. Allow them to dry completely.

If you have trouble with tissue paper disintegrating, you can use deli paper (USA) or greaseproof baking paper (wax free) in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. Regular copy or thin writing paper can also be used.

Please also look at Saturday the 10th's Facebook Live broadcast.

Imaginary Flowers and Leaves

Creating a simple tissue paper collage of imaginary flowers and foliage as an alternative to drawing or painting. Discover colour combinations.

The objective for creating a tissue paper collage is to look at colour in an alternative way. By having colour sheets ready made by yourself, you get to make decisions about how you will use them in your creations. It becomes a ‘Creative Problem Solving’ exercise to look at different options and new ideas.

To create the first tissue paper collage, look at your imaginary drawings and pick a flower and a leaf drawing. Draw them again in a bigger scale, roughly the size of your palm or hand. You should be able to fit these on a copy sheet of paper. Inspect your coloured tissue sheets and plan your collage.

By using the enlarged drawing as your template, cut out tissue paper shapes to fit. You can cut them smaller or use two or three different colours layered on top of each other if you use tissue paper.

This is a colour and form focused exercise with a focus on simplicity.

Repeat this a few times using different colours for flowers and leaves. If you would like to try a combination of shapes and colours you can do this additional project.

A simple Still Life Composition

Create a still life collage with tissue paper by using shapes from your vegetable and fruit drawings or you can print out the document with printed shapes that was used in the video demo. The artwork size in the demo video is 12”x12” and the sheet with shapes is intended for this scale.

Draw a template of a container shape. Cut out the different printed shapes and arrange them in different ways in order to make a basic still life composition. The printed shapes can also be cut in different ways to create different leaf shapes for example. You can make bigger flowers shapes based on the round shapes.

The objective of this exercise is to look at colour and composition without the action of drawing or painting.

Additional Module 2 composition projects created from printable sheets will be available in the second half of the week.

© 2020 Esté MacLeod

© 2020 Explore Colour