Friday, September 5, 2014

CS Challenge for September::Stamping on Tissue Paper

This month's challenge from the Crafter Stamper magazine is Stamping on Tissue paper.  My project involves both tracing an image on the tissue paper and then stamping on it later.  I wanted to try the technique in my pursuit of drawing faces so I traced a photograph that I have of my daughter.  The portrait became an art journal for her.  If you'd like to see how this evolved you can read the tutorial below.

This did start out as an experiment.  I wanted to do a portrait based on a traced image from a photo.  Here is the photo I used.

I placed a piece of tissue paper on top of the photo and lightly traced it with an Aquaellable Stabilo pencil.

After the image was traced I used Pan Pastels to color it in.  Keep in mind these will be blended later.

After the colors were blended to my satisfaction I cut out the image and glued it onto a piece of what I call "junk paper".  I do most of my work on a sheet of 140# water color paper.  These papers sit in a pile when they are covered with paint, ink and stamping.  They don't look like much until I unify the colors with a stencil and some white gesso.  In this case I did additional stamping of some Dina Wakley grungy hearts and then glued the image onto the paper with Mod Podge.  I purposely scrunched the tissue paper so it wouldn't look perfectly smooth.

I sewed some additional texture onto the page with my sewing machine and let some of the threads dangle.  I also made some lines with a credit card and some black gesso.

When this was dry I folded it in half and simply sewed it together with some pages in the middle for my daughter, Holland, to draw on.  There are 6 pages inside with gesso on them, primed and ready to go.

Now I added the stamping on top of the tissue paper.

The outside of the art journal

More stamping on top of the tissue paper with StazOn Jet Black permanent ink and stamps from Dina Wakley and Stampers Anonymous.  Now the journal is finished, it just needs some artwork inside.

The back of the journal

I hope you will rise to the challenge this month at the Craft Stamper website.  It is easy to upload your projects and there are some really nice prizes to win!  I'll post another stamped tissue paper project next week in case you can stop by.  As always, thanks for the visit.  Please leave a comment if you have time I'd love to hear from you.  Hugs~ Renee xx


  1. That is just fabulous and I bet your daughter treasures it. Elizabeth xxx

  2. Renee, what a fabulous gift for your daughter! I love the idea of of tracing onto the tissue paper and making the portrait your own- I'm going to give it a go too!1 thanks for the inspiration my friend! xo

  3. You always amaze me with your projects. I love the journal cover.. great tracing; it came out great with all the other art bits surrounding Holland.

  4. Oh my giddy aunt...loved the process...sure this will be well loved and treasured!!! :-) xxxx

  5. This is over-the-top amazing work, Renee! First, your daughter is a strikingly beautiful model, so that was easy. But, I marvel at how you took us through the process. The finished likeness is startling! This will definitely go down on my "sit down with Renee and try this list," which is growing!

  6. This looks like a great technique. The result is wonderful and I am sure your daughter will love it !
    Corrie x

  7. Blown me away! I love her image! The technique is just fabulous! What a gorgeous piece to treasure!

  8. You are so good at faces, and it must've been even more a challenge because this one is so special to you. BEAUTIFUL page!

  9. Wow Renee this is lovely! Your daughter makes a beautiful model! Very clever how you thought to put this on tissue!

  10. Beautiful Journal page.. what a pretty girl you have too... lovely in all areas that I can see... great work/play... love the colors and the technique... love, light and Peace...Bonnie

  11. OMG Renee, I love this!!!! What a fabulous idea, I'm ridiculous with my tiny acro-cat on tissue paper for the challenge hahaha... :D Thanks so much for this wonderful idea and Art journal page with your beautiful daughter, I'm completely captivated. Also a big thank you for your congratulation messages! :) Hugs Coco xx