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Sunday, January 22, 2012

4th grade Tissue Paper Painting Peacock Portraits

We did this project before the Holiday season, it's a little late in posting this project HOWEVER this project turned out great.

We started with a background of peacocks, and then drew a basic portrait of a peacock.

We outlined with medium black sharpies and then colored in the peacocks body and the "eyes" of the feather with realistic oil pastel colors.

To add the vibrant colors of the feathers we painted with tissue paper. I cut up 1" to 2" squares of tissue paper of blues/greens/purples/browns etc.
We painted on plain water and then add tissue papers and THEN painted over with clear what to add a watercolor effect.

Check them out!!!

If you try this in your classroom, please let me know... you will love the results and your students will too and they will feel successful, well at least I hope!


  1. Hi,
    I want to do this project with my students. I tried the painting of tissue paper ahead of time, but the colour wasnt bleeding through. Any tips would be appreciated!

    1. two types of tissue paper. regular tissue paper and bleeding tissue paper. bleeding type was used for this.

  2. Ohhh Candice! I LOVE THESE!! Pretty projects like this make me all giddy :) Love what you did with the kids this year!

  3. I am sorry I didn't comment earlier. But yes I used bleeding tissue paper. I find that the one brand comes that comes in flat sheets bleeds extremely well. or the thinner tissue paper works best.