Rainbows with Bleeding Art Tissue Paper

Rainbows with Bleeding Art Tissue Paper

So round one of the Tissue Paper Painting was a fail because I had no idea that a certain type of tissue paper was required to actually have colour transfer onto paper. It still produced beautiful results and you can check them out here: Tissue Paper Rainbows. Lesson learned- Always check directions first! Once I was able to find the correct tissue paper for Tissue Paper Painting, we were set! I found Bleeding Art Tissue Paper at Education Station and the variety package they had for just under $8.99 was huge (for our needs) and the colours were beautiful.


  • Paper (white paper is ideal)
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie or marker
  • Bleeding Art Tissue Paper
  • Water
  • Paint brushes
  • Gloves if you don’t want ink transfer on your skin. It washes easily, but there is transfer.


  1. Cut Bleeding Art Tissue Paper into small squares and/or strips. They don’t need to be perfect squares.
  2. Draw rainbow lines using sharpie or marker on plain paper or whichever type of paper that you decide to use as your background. With this type of tissue paper, white would produce the best results and colour contrast.
  3. Set up craft area with water and paint brushes ready.
  4. Paint water on paper where you want to place tissue paper pieces as this will help them stick as you are placing other pieces. I wouldn’t recommend getting tissue wet before placing on paper, as the colour will transfer everywhere and it could get messy. The tissue I found was also fragile and wetting it first could make for lots of waste.
  5. Place Bleeding Art Tissue Paper on paper and paint over top using paint brush and water.     
  6. Allow to dry.
  7. Tissue paper will begin to peel off and a watercolour-like beautiful rainbow will be left behind. I kept my tissue paper for another craft, but it could also now be discarded. 
  8. As an alternate activity, I also cut out strips of the bleeding art tissue paper and B loved painting them on the sheet. This is a great activity for discussing colour differences and similarities.  

Happy Rainbow Crafting!


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