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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Journal HeART 15 -Week 2 Bleeding tissue technique

Welcome to week 2 of our Art Journal venture!!

What a fabulous start last week - all your pages were fantastic! Thank you for joining in!

Today its all about using journals to practice and recreate techniques that you like and want to use.

I have seen the bleeding tissue technique around the internet and pinterest and really fancied but only had one small problem - I didnt have the necessary moment and here is this weeks Prompt...

Birds with clipped wings can still Sing...

Just because you havent got something doesnt mean you cant DO.....

So What is the bleeding tissue technique???

It is basically using specialist coloured tissue paper cut and placed onto wet paper/cardstock to create funky background patterns and designs for your journals and card making....

So as I hadn't got any I set about thinking what I could use......out came the kitchen towel and spray inks......I started out with Dylusions sprays as I wanted the really vibrant colours. For this I recommend using plain white kitchen towel rather than patterned for this incase you get unwanted patterns (though that would be quite fun if they were to bleed too!!)

Now the REALLY complex bit......seperate your kitchen towel into single ply sheets and then simply spray your chosen colours onto them before setting aside to dry completely. I batch made sheets of all my dylusions colours and also did some combi sheets......just coz I could :-)

Then it is simply a case ot cutting the tissue up and laying it onto wet pages/card/watercolour paper/ mdf ( I used ungessoed ) leaving it a short while (you can spritz some more water over at this stage if the colour is not transfering enough) before peeling it off to reveal your design.

Let it dry and then stamp/diecut as you wish - I find it cool and very funky.

As for die cutting - you need to cut several layers of tissue together as it is relatively fragile and I suggest using only cutting dies with blades. Like Sizzix and Tim Holtz dies.

Then you can get creative with your layouts.....

...and the finished page...

I also stamped an image in archival ink onto a journal page and then stamped onto the coloured tissue and cut out then laid it over and spritzed to see how this "coloured" images....

For this image I chose to try Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry Spray inks for a more subtle look......

.....the page was finished with simple stamping and tearing (I love tearing parts of pages away to reveal the, in this case black, page behind) and lyrics from one of my new songs.

As a note I did also try tattered Angels sprays .... they were a wee bit too subtle for me having looked initially promising...


So this weeks challenge is to either try this and then create a page with birds/song/both or have a think about a technique you'd like to try but maybe can't because you are missing a key part. Try a little lateral thinking and see if you can make a technique your own way!! 

Happy journalling and Crafty cheers for now!!





  1. Nice technique! Love what you did with it x

  2. I had seen this technic before have got some of the tissue paper but haven't got around to playing yet may be I need this prompt thanks Rae hope your feeling bit better today xxx

  3. Can't believe I haven't seen this technique before - its a must try! x

  4. Wow....looks fabulous!!! Will have to try this at the weekend. Love the effect :) xxx

  5. The plus with this is u can create your own 2 or even 3 tone sheets xx

  6. This is brilliant, will try this when I get chance

  7. lovely page Rae. very inventive. love the colours and layout with birds. striking xx

  8. Wow very interesting and fab results xx

  9. Wow, I have had a couple of good results so far. My phone stopped working last night so no pictures x