Blue Tissue Paper Hearts Make Two Fun Art Projects

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Once upon a time, a beautiful princess decided to make a bleeding tissue paper heart project for her blog. She got all ready with the water, the paintbrush, the pretty tissue papers in pink and purple and red, and then….

OOPS, the effing pink paper wasn’t effing bleeding tissue paper, it was regular old stupid tissue you put in a gift bag.

So the beautiful princess, who incidentally cursed like a sailor, looked around her palace and noticed tissue papers in different beautiful blues, and thought it would be fun to shake things up in terms of a Valentines Day project and that is just what she did. The End.

cut tissue paper hearts

OOPS, there’s more. She cut out different sizes of hearts from the tissue paper in three different lovely shades of blue.

She then placed the hearts down on the paper, one by one, and brushed over them with a paint brush dipped in water. She started with the lightest color hearts, then did the two darker colors, and placed them all around.

Then she let them sit on the paper for a little bit and took a pee break.

Upon her return, she peeled off the hearts and was a tiny bit disappointed. The bleeding tissue project she had made in the past was vibrant and beautiful, but this one was a bit pale. OOPS.

(She now thinks she tried to use non-bleeding tissue for the project, accidentally.)

Tissue paper bleeding hearts

After vowing to buy the more vibrant bleeding tissue paper she had bought previously, she put her fabulous brain to good use and decided this pale heart background would make a fine background for a tangle drawing.

zentangle hearts drawing

Vowing to find the vibrant, colorful results she was after, she cut out more tissue hearts in different sizes. She then spread a goodly layer of Mod Podge on her paper, and collaged the hearts right on top.

She then brushed the Mod Podge all over the tops of the hearts and let them dry. Bonus: the tissue hearts didn’t bleed with the Mod Podge. Also, she used her hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

She then cut off the overhanging parts of the hearts so the paper would be even around the edges.


And that is the story of how the two tissue paper heart projects in one post was born. After this daring feat of craftiness, the princess sent tissue paper hearts out to all of her loyal servants and townspeople and declared that day a day of craftery.


Bleeding tissue paper

Non bleeding tissue paper

Ye Olde Mod Podge

Sponge brush for the Mod Podge

Watercolor paper or printmaking paper

Sharpie or Micron

tissue hearts collage



  1. Peggy
    02/04/2018 / 9:06 am

    Brava! Keen story, and great way to present the heart project. Love it!!

    • 02/05/2018 / 11:14 am

      Thanks, Peggy! Sometimes you just need to read an art project tutorial in fairy tale mode. 🙂

  2. 02/04/2018 / 1:41 pm

    So pretty – I love how when one art project goes awry – it brings forth another! <3

    • 02/05/2018 / 11:15 am

      It’s so funny- I would say at least half of the projects I set out to make end up being something else. Totally more fun that way!

  3. Sheila
    02/04/2018 / 11:37 pm

    I love the idea of drawing your own coloring book. How many pages are in your new book? Keep creating. You do lovely work. And I love the idea of creating a story along with your projects. That’s a great idea when working with kids – they are so creative already. God bless.

    • 02/05/2018 / 11:20 am

      Hi Sheila! Thank you so much- my book has 73 pages with 30 projects included. There are pages included to draw your project on if you’d like, and I give alternative directions to make each project in different ways!

  4. Sheila
    02/04/2018 / 11:38 pm

    I love the idea of drawing your own coloring book. How many pages are in your new book? Keep creating. You do lovely projects. Creating a story along with your projects is so smart. That’s a great idea when working with kids – they are so creative already. God bless.

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