I realize printing on tissue paper is not a new idea, but it is something I had not experimented with until recently. After making my subway art with a laser print transfer, I knew there had to be an easier way of achieving the same results without having to scrub off all the paper. I tried many different methods and here is what I found to be the easiest way. Printing on tissue paper and then gluing the paper to canvas. The tissue paper goes almost invisible and it appears the text is printed directly on the canvas.
The actual printing on the tissue paper is simple. Well it is now that I figured out the best method for me :) . Here is the simplest way I found to print on tissue paper.
I bought the long pieces of tissue paper so there were fewer fold lines.
Lay one piece of tissue paper on a flat surface shiny side up. (I found all the tissue paper I used, had a shiny side and a rough side. For me the printing looked nicer on the rough side. You might want to experiment with this yourself.)
Place a regular piece of printer paper (8.5x11) on top of the tissue paper. Try to place it in between the fold marks.
I painted my canvas white and then covered the entire thing with a layer of Modge Podge. I carefully placed the tissue paper over the canvas and smoothed out the image.
There were a few wrinkles but I liked how it gave it a worn look.
Now that I know how to do this, the possible crafts seem endless. Coasters with photos, designs on candles, customized wrapping, etc.
Let me know what you think.
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