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Monday 1 December 2014

Destination Inspiration - Tissue Techniques

Hello everyone, Jools here from A Creative Journey bringing you the latest Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey
I love using tissue as you can alter and decorate an item quickly and give a variety of finishes from a soft ethereal to very vintage rustic effects
I also love the fact that that it’s very forgiving and allows you to stamp and position freely and overlay and use it on a variety of textured surfaces

Many of us have used Tim’s own tissue wrap, a wonderful product but with so many of his fabulous stamps it’s great to make your own

So today I'm going to show you a few projects using some of my favourite techniques

For my first project, I'm going to use tissue stamping to decorate a flat surface on a 
Christmas Decoration

I applied light brush strokes of white gesso randomly to a wooden star; I wanted some of the wood grain to still show through
I stamped onto plain white tissue paper using black Stazon Ink and heat set
Once dry start to tear the tissue as I like the rough edges and arranged

Apply a coat of Matte medium to the gesso surface and apply the tissue and cover this with Matt medium too, smoothing with the brush apply liberally and allow to soak through the tissue this results in an also invisible edge
I also applied plain torn stripes of tissue over the stamped tissue to make the stamping softer in areas
I finished spraying around the edges with the fantastic Distress Sprays Stain Brushed Pewter to finish my Christmas star

As many of you know I love texture and a great way to get stamped images onto a textured surface is with Tissue
For this next project I started applying a coat of gesso to a box and 
then applied Grunge Paste to the lid
Once dry I started applying Distress Stains to the top and sides

I then applied the stamped tissue to the sides applying matte medium to the surface and a coat over the tissue
I also did this with the lid, but because the surface is uneven apply more matte medium and rub with your finger
This creates the most fabulous vintage textured appearance
Once dry I used DecoArt Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Umber Acrylic paint very lightly to distress the edges
Finished with a coat of Media Satin Varnish, this is optional I like it as it makes the appearance look like wood patina

You can also add texture by stamping into the modelling paste
 Apply a coat of gesso to a chipboard ornament shape, and a thin layer of modelling paste
 Approximately 1mm thickness

 Once this has formed a skin,I stamped into it with a script stamp
The results are always random and it is just another way to introduce texture

 Once dry, stamp onto tissue and apply as before
I decided to introduce more texture by applying a crackle glaze to the surface 
and let dry for a couple of hours
 Finished by rubbing black acrylic into the cracks and wiping back in the centre and applied Distress Stain Brushed Pewter to the edges and back

I made a few more and threaded some silver ribbon ready to go on the tree 
I hope you have enjoyed my projects and techniques and maybe you will try a few
Thank you for looking
Jools : )

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DecoArt Modelling Paste
Carbon Black, Burnt Umber and Quinacridone Gold Acrylic Paint

Classics 15
Attic Treasures
Grunge Flakes
Reindeer flight


  1. What absolutely wonderful projects here Jools! The star, the box and the ornaments - beautiful techniques and results - I especially love the look of your box with all the stains and paints - a lovely creative post - thanks for sharing your creativity!

  2. Fabulous inspiration Jools. Love all your work! Thanks for the tutorial. Karen.x

  3. Fab creations wit tissue. ..loved the box in particular!

  4. Hi some great ideas Jools, the baubles are beautiful, they look 3D in the photo. x

  5. Great tutorial Jools :-) absolutely love using tissue and all of your projects are stunning. Thank you for sharing with us..........huge hugs Annie x

  6. A great tutorial Jools, super techniques and results. TFS, Julie xx

  7. Tissue is one of my favourite techniques too and you have shown it off here to perfection!! Brilliant step by step with stunning photos! Love the effect of the crackle glaze over the texture! Most peeps seem to like the box best, well I love the ornaments!! Love the fact you left them natural, they will look stunning on your tree for sure!!!

  8. For me, it is the ornaments too, they are so, so beautiful Jools, that touch of black really brings the designs to life. This is a wonderful tutorial and all your projects are beautiful! Anne xx

  9. A fabulous DI post Jools, lots of lovely images and textures with this cool technique. Thanks for sharing. xx

  10. Stunning creations Jools, thanks for sharing your work with us. The ornaments are just sensational. Nikki xx

  11. I have some tissue paper out and waiting, so thank you for the push! Love all the texture you have created with tissue paper and modeling past! Gorgeous projects!

  12. Great job on this Jools - such great techniques, so nice of you to share!!

  13. wow, these are all FABULOUS, you are super talented!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  14. Gorgeous projects! Thanks for your wonderful tutorial.


  15. A really fantastic tutorial, Jools - with so much inspiration. Thank you!
    Alison xx

  16. Wonderful techniques, thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Great projects! Your home will be in great style decorated this christmas! Inky greetings, Gerrina

  18. This takes tissue to a whole new level Jools. Love each and every one of these delicious projects. Thank you for your inspiring tutorial. Jenny x