Tissue Paper Faux Painting Technique

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You’ll need the following items on hand: tissue paper (lots of it), a ladder (scaffolding preferred), paint roller and pan, base paint, and metallic paint for the top coat, if desired. We purchased an inexpensive rolling scaffold platform for our ceiling. You really can’t overestimate the need for comfort and safety when spending a couple of long days with your neck craned toward the ceiling with a paint roller in hand.

It can be difficult to estimate the quantity of tissue paper required, but you will need a bunch. Make sure that you’ll be able to get your hands on more if you get it wrong on the first trip. When you get home with your tissue paper, you’ll want to tear the edges off so that no straight edges are visible in your finished work. You can do this step in batches… as many as you can tear at once. After removing the edges, ball up each sheet and then smooth it back out again. Get help with this process if you can.

Once you have your tissue paper de-edged, you can begin painting. Start with the less expensive base paint. If you do intend to topcoat with metallic paint, selecting a similar color sans metallic will help with coverage and hide. Application will be in small areas of one sheet. The first step is to wet out an area large enough for one sheet of tissue paper. Stick the paper to the wet paint and then roll back over the adhered sheet. Repeat this process again and again, overlapping each sheet a little bit as you go.

Once you’ve covered the entire wall or ceiling, you can either leave the surface as is, or choose to topcoat with metallic paint as I did. The options and combinations are endless; glazing is another option to add dimension and interest to the texture created by the tissue paper.

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Laura Locke

Laura works alongside her husband at their furniture painting and repair business, Turning Leaf Crafts in Covington, TN. You can visit their website www.turningleafcrafts.com to learn more and follow along as they blog about their adventures in the world of repurposed furniture.