"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Friday, August 24, 2007

Tissue Paper

I have been experimenting with tissue paper and here are the first two pieces I've completed. They are both 6x6 inches square - a fun size to work with. I really enjoy square pieces. The backgrounds are torn tissue paper (the kind used to wrap gifts) applied to a stabilizer. The raised images (the fish and the guitar player) are casts made with toilet tissue (yes) layered up with watered down glue on some of my larger rubber stamps. They were fun to make. If you try it, be sure to remove the piece once it has set up, but before it is completely dry - you don't want to glue the tissue to your stamp!

Once the pieces were completely dry, I coated each side with decoupage medium (mod podge) and let dry, then I painted the images and cut them out. I'm pleased with the results and will do a few more before I move on.
I feel like I've been very busy lately, but haven't had much to show for my efforts. Hopefully that will change soon.
(The first piece is titled "Pesce d'oro" which means "Goldfish" in Italian. The second is titled "La Cancion" which means "The Song" in spanish. The wording on the piece translates to "My heart's song")


Joanna van said...

Michelle, what a great idea with the stamps. I'll have to give this a try. If you do it again, show us a tutorial. Love to see it.


sue said...


These are wonderful! You are a very creative and inspiring artist!

MargaretR said...

These are lovely Michelle.

Homeleightigger said...

Oh yes Michelle - I love these too. What a great idea - I have quite a few rubber stamps - glue pot here I come! Val

LW said...


I would love to do this,
a tutorial would be great...


FiberPhyl aka Artsygrammy said...

Thanks for an excellent tutorial!
I'm going to try my hand at some.
Wish I had that giant fish stamp!
Good work!

Folkpainter said...

Great tutorial Michelle, thanks so much for putting it in your blog...I am going to try this too... Jean