How to Make a Tissue Picture Frame
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Spend a day with Cherie Lynn as she shows you and your kids how to have fun creating art. In this video, you'll learn how to make a tissue paper picture frame.


Now, we’re going to kind of do some experimenting with some picture frames. We’ve got several different types here. We’ve got tissue paper just to collage. We’ve got little tissue paper bundles and fluffy like flower shapes and then we’ve got different kind of beans that come right out of your kitchen covered. You can actually buy picture frames. They’re just simple cardboard pieces and they actually come kind of stocked inside of each other. If you can’t find these of course, you could use short cardboard. You could use a simple tag board. You could even use paper, although paper tends to wrinkle a little bit from the palm or in tissue paper. I’m going to go ahead and start with one of my pre-made cardboard frames and I have the Steel Gloss Medium, polymer medium could actually is going to serve as a glue and a gloss today. So I’ve got a little container of water, a brush, a scissors, polymer, my tissue paper, and basically what I’m going to do here is just cut up some pieces of tissue paper. Now, you know what design you choose to put on here is totally up to you. I’m just going to cut out some different shapes, trapezoids and triangles and rectangles but we kind of have a color scheme and it’s staying in the purples and pink range with just a touch of blue. So I’ve got a stock of tissue paper here. And this is pretty simple process. It’s a lot of fun. You’re just going to dip your brush into the polymer and you’re going to spread it on the picture frame and then you’re going to lay down your pieces of tissue. I’ll just paint right over them. You can actually use the brush to pick up the pieces of tissue. The most important thing about this process is wherever you put down a piece of tissue paper you have to be certain that there’s actually polymer underneath it. So, because this project goes so quickly you can actually just paint an area, then pick up the tissue with your brush, and just lay down the colors that you want. The neat thing about tissue paper and polymer is when you start to overlap colors on top of each other you get this sort of transparent color changes going on that are kind of fun. Now, you can just let everything kind of overlap off the edges because at the end we’ll just fold them over the back and glue them to the back. So that’s not a problem. Wrinkles look cool when it’s not too messy of a project and it goes fairly quickly. And you really want to get everything covered. You’re going to flip it over and you might want to hold it up just a little bit so that it doesn’t stick to the table. But you’re going to put some polymer on the back side and then just flip the tissue paper, the edges that are sticking out just make sure that you get the polymer down first then flip ‘cause otherwise it’s not going to stick just because you put polymer on top of it. it needs to be underneath. So there is our outside edge and now we’ll just quickly finish off the inside and we got one last little piece to glue down and you want to make sure that you put your brush in water. Polymer medium has a terrible habit of ruining paint brushes because it is a plastic material and if you don’t clean your brushes as soon as you’re finished with them they’re going to dry like a big wad of plastic and you’ll have to throw them away. So, here we have a picture frame and don’t worry if they rippled a little bit. You can press in between some heavy books later after it’s dry. I wouldn’t suggest that you lay it down on a surface. You might want to lean it up some place just kind of let it dry so that it doesn’t stick to another surface. So there we have our tissue paper and polymer medium picture frame Choose a color scheme and cut put small shapes of tissue paper. Paint a small area with polymer and lay tissue on top. Apply more as it sandwiching the tissue between the polymers. Overlap tissue to create new shapes and colors. Add a coat of polymer over the entire frame and then glue overlapping tissue on to the back of the frame. Let it dry and then attach your photo to the back of the frame.