Try This! - Tear and Glue Tissue Paper

By Toni Yuly:

For pure fun I like to tear tissue paper.  It is cheap and you can get lots of pretty colors at the local drug store in the gift section.  

Just rip and tear it with your hands...don't think about anything in particular...move the shapes around and pretty soon some image will start to talk to you...a dog, bird, person's face, monster or anything you can imagine will emerge...

I then use a glue stick to paste it down on some thick paper, but really sketchbook or notebook paper works fine, and then I like to add details with felt pens...usually black ones.  

It is amazing how much expression you can get from tearing torn tissue paper.

Here are some torn tissue paper dinosaurs:

Tear the Tissue Paper & Lay it Out
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Glue it Down
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Add Details with Pen
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Smile at Your Creation!
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Toni Yuly has been an early bird her whole life and loves to start the day in her studio listening to other early birds sing outside her window. She lives in a small house by the water in Bremerton, Washington, near Seattle where she was born. 

Toni fell in love with Eastern sensibilities during a year spent in Sendai, Japan. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in painting where she studied with the great American painter Jacob Lawrence. Now, after many years as a librarian in the King County Library System (she took a ferry to work!) Toni dedicates herself to designing, painting and writing full time. 

EARLY BIRD, published by the fantastic people at Feiwel & Friends, was Toni's first picture book, and she has recently signed a book deal featuring this torn paper technique.  You can find her online at and see her new torn paper images every Tuesday at her facebook page -

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1 comment:

  1. I am really excited to try this with my students! I plan to share the Tuesday Torn Tissue page today.