Day 14: Dying Paper with Pajama Mama

Saturday, May 14, 2011 Aimee Larsen 0 Comments

Ready for another idea for your summer arsenal of fun for the kids?  

This is Kristin over at Pajama Momma.  

When my kids and I get bored, we pull out our collection of art books and pick the first thing that we have all the supplies for.  

This week, we dyed paper.  Tissue paper, actually.  

Here's all you need:
  • a sheet of white tissue paper
  • ink, or watered down tempera paint
  • brushes

 1. Start by cutting a sheet of tissue paper into 4 squares.  Fold square in half 4 times.  Paint with water until it's damp.

2. Paint a band of ink across the middle.  Go over it again until the ink is soaked through the paper.

3. Paint each corner with a second color-again, making sure the color has gone through the layers. 

4. This is the hardest step: Let it dry completely before unfolding.  It's really hard. I know.  But it will rip, and the ink needs to bleed through while it's wet-so try really hard not to touch it. 

Once it is dry and you've opened it up, you can flick the bristles of a brush dipped in the ink to splatter more detail.  We really liked this effect.  

And there you have it!   To see more of our art book attempts, come visit me at Pajama Mama , where I blog about crafting and homeschooling my 4 kiddos. 

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