I always paint messy, and I will always use kitchen roll paper or even disposable tissues – whatever I can grab first – to blot my paint, either as a tool to fix spillages and accidents, or for a more subtle, ghosted effect and to create irregular texture.

As you might have guessed, I keep these and they are a really easy way to bring unique splashes of colours to any piece. Once glued (Mod Podge or matte/gel medium compulsory, even though you could probably use PVA glue for a cheaper option), the paper becomes translucent and disappears to only leave the paint colour and texture the tissue creates. As they are very delicate (I always undo each layer of the paper to have more samples to collage with – bigger stash!), it is very hard to glue them smooth, so you do get those wrinkles on your project (bonus!). You can even collage plain tissues or kitchen paper, just to create texture as your base to paint on (cheaper than texture paste!). Same for the baby wipes I use to mute or subtract paint from my projects.

So, for this project, I am using my blotting papers and tissues to build my background, and my focal element is made of a quick practice drawing I did on one of my under-papers (the head), the very last bits of the manilla envelope I have been using in all the lessons so far (it has come a long way, hasn’t it?!) to create the arms and legs, a dried stained baby wipe for her dress, and a piece of under-paper where I cut a heart-shape to bring more interest to her dress.

That’s what I call recycling – nothing is ever wasted…

05 using your blotting papers and tissues for your collage projects
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