Easy Reverse Resist Paintings

If your kids love to paint, but you would rather not deal with the mess, bleeding art tissue paper is for you. It’s very inexpensive and can be found at any art supply store — plus, a little bit goes a long way! We are never afraid to get messy with art, but at times making a mess is not really the best option (i.e. a few minutes before dinner). Instead of getting out the paints, we had fun experimenting with a new technique this afternoon to make some reverse resist paintings! The girls thought this was so cool!
Cut out a piece of bleeding art tissue paper, and use a white crayon or oil pastel to make your design. (In this case, hearts for upcoming Valentine’s Day.)
Flip the tissue paper over (design side down) onto some thick paper.
“Paint” with water over top! Both of the girls love to paint, but Clara was really into it today!
Encourage your child to use the water over the entire piece of tissue paper. Some may need more encouragement than others… ahem.
Wait for the paper to dry, then peel off the tissue paper…..

….and admire your beautiful designs!!
[Update: This is not to be confused with regular tissue paper. Having trouble finding bleeding art tissue? You can purchase it from Amazon here –> bleeding art tissue paper ]
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  1. Raising a Happy Child says

    Very interesting! I have to look for this special paper – thanks for the idea.

  2. Wonder Mom says

    It's just so interesting to see all the possibilities with this tissue paper- shoot- I now need to go to the craft store…

  3. I have a bunch of that paper and I haven't even used any of it yet. I will definitely do this.

  4. By the way, I hate it when I get here before Mark.

  5. Deborah (Teach Preschool) says

    I love this – the designs turned out beautiful!

  6. That is cool stuff! I'll have to look into because my little girl is miss crafty (at least compared to the rest of us).

  7. Little Family Fun says

    I just put your button on my blog!
    Thanks again for sharing such great ideas!

  8. Magical Childhood says

    Oh, I love this! We love bleeding tissue paper crafts of all types and I've never thought of this. We'll have to try it ASAP. I'll pass it on at Magical Childhood. You're so crafty. πŸ™‚

  9. Dear Valerie,

    If I used bleeding tissue paper to stop a bloody nose, would the world end?

    That's like dividing by zero, right?


  10. Committed Recycler says

    great great idea.

  11. Mama to 3 Blessings says

    Wow – what a great idea! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  12. EntertainingMom says

    I heart this!!!

  13. that's so cool! i may have to get some today!

  14. I'll be looking for this paper next time we are out and about. I like your idea of using the white crayon for something different and fun.

  15. Hope Chella says

    This is really cool. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  16. This looks amazing!!

  17. JulietBlue says

    Fun fun fun!! I'm doing this with little miss Violet ASAP. So cute!

  18. I love seeing your great ideas and cute projects, but watching the girls grow is such a treat. Clara is going from baby to toddler to big girl right before our eyes. She's so beautiful… so is Emily. Kiss them both for me and have a great weekend.

  19. Each time you show this I really want to get some of this.

  20. I love this! But I have a dumb question. Is the bleeding tissue the same as gift bag tissue. I have a lot of gift bag tissue that I use for some projects with starch but not sure if its the same.

  21. Great idea!

  22. Super Amazing Savings says

    You always have the best ideas for frugal fun for your girls. They're going to be the most creative kids around… and talented too.

    Have a great weekend. πŸ˜‰

  23. JulietBlue says

    where did you find your bleeding art tissue paper? I bought some at Michael's and it said "bleeding art tissue paper"…. but it does not bleed. there was no transfer onto the white paper… what went wrong, I wonder? perhaps the quality just wasn't up to par:(

  24. I am so bummed that I can't find this bleeding art tissue in the store. This is so cute.

  25. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Karen — You can order it online here:
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/spectra-deluxe-art-tissue/ Have fun!!

  26. I found the bleeding art tissue paper at Michael's, it's in with the regular tissue paper in the wrapping supplies. But, when I asked a lady she said they only carry regular tissue, so don't rely on them!

    I have found that some colours work better than others so far. And we only have regular paper to colour on at the moment, I need to get some heavier paper to do this with.

  27. I have featured this idea on our Facebook fanpage for this year’s 2011 Valentine must-do-craft…