First off, please don’t panic. I didn’t paint a picture of bleeding birds. I used what is called “bleeding tissue paper” to create a piece of wall art with birds sitting on some branches. The color in the tissue paper bleeds when you get it wet, which as it turns out, looks like watercolor paint. So yes, this painting actually contains no paint at all. Only color from bleeding tissue paper.


I’ll show you how to use bleeding tissue paper to create this watercolor effect so you can play around with it too. There’s also a video below that demonstrates all the different ways you can use it, I highly recommend watching it!

I first got the bleeding tissue paper from S&S Worldwide, the company I developed my kid’s craft kits for. When I was working on the craft kits I was trying all sorts of different materials but didn’t get a chance to play with the bleeding tissue paper until now.

I was inspired to “paint” this bird canvas with the bleeding tissue paper because of the painting that my daughter got me for my birthday. It hangs above my sewing table in the studio. I love all the textures in that painting, which is what made me decide to create this one.

As you can see from these close up shots, you can create some pretty fun and interesting textures using the bleeding tissue paper. I like that you can layer it or blend it, brush it or scrunch it. I just kept playing around until I was happy with my results.

So let’s get started. There are a few things you will need. Most items you will have in your craft room or closet, but a couple things you might need to buy.


  • Bleeding tissue paper
  • 12×24 canvas (you can use your 40% off coupon at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water
  • Acrylic sealer spray
  • Micron craft pen

First off, if you don’t like your hands getting dirty, you might want to wear some workable latex gloves. However, the stains do wash off with soap and water. So have fun, get dirty!

I started off by drawing out my birds, which you can do too. Maybe it’s not birds you want to paint, so draw whatever you like. I actually added a third bird later. Rule of thirds after all…

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