Thursday, November 19, 2020


  • 1 sheet of cartridge (copy) paper 
  • Tissue paper. Any will do but the best is the kind you buy at an art supply store. 
  • Photos on your computer 
  • Laser printer 
  • Make a Carrier Sheet by folding down ½” of the top edge of the copy paper. (this can be used multiple times.) 
  • Cut tissue paper to the same size as copy paper: 8.5 x 11” 
  • Slip the leading edge of a sheet of tissue under the fold of the copy paper.
  • Put it into your computer so the tissue I on the same side as the print heads of your printer. 
  • Pull up a photo on your computer, either from your own photos or a copyright-free image and print it with black ink. (I suppose this works with colored laser inks but I haven’t tried it.) Instead of using the folded edge of the carrier sheet you can tape or glue the tissue paper to a sheet of copy paper, using low-tack double-stick tape or a glue stick. 
  • If the tissue wrinkles or jams as it goes through the printer, work it out and try again, perhaps using a glue stick to glue the edges of the tissue in place.  
  • The resulting printed tissue can be used in many ways in your painting. Make lots of copies of printed tissue and experiment. 
  • Always apply glue to the receiving surface, not to the tissue. I use acrylic medium of some sort, brushed or scraped onto the substrate. I avoid wrinkles by lightly misting the tissue paper before laying it in place. This relaxes the fibers in the tissue before it hits the glue. Use a rubber scraper to gently work out any air bubbles. Brush more medium onto the surface to seal it down. The tissue will mostly disappear into the paint leaving a sharp image.
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