Collage Incorporating Japanese Tissues!

dust_tea_eluk‘Dust Tea’, Eunice Luk

Tarasen Dots” is one of my favourite Japanese Tissues to incorporate into my art lately. It’s translucent quality is excellent to layer with for experimentation. The fun and balanced characteristic of the print adds an interesting layer of texture over any darker collaged work. Think of the possibilities!

Materials – Small left-over pieces of eska board, vibrant photos from old books, and of course, an arranagement of Japanese Tissues.
Tools – Ruler, Detail Scissors, Bone Folder, Pencil, Glue Stick/Rice Paste and a Craft Knife (all available at our Queen Street store in Toronto.)


First, start with a vibrant picture from an old book that interests you. If you are experimenting with Tarasen Dots, try an image that is quite dark in tone – to contrast the white pattern on the tissue.


Next, trim the photo to a desired size and paste it onto the eska board with your glue. I really enjoy how the eska board looks as a border, so I tend to cut a border off around the collaged photograph.


Next, I pasted a drawing that I made on watercolour paper to compose a scene. Have fun with this!


The layering of the tissue begins by cutting your tissue 3/4 of an inch bigger than your final piece – so that you can wrap it behind the board afterward. Once you have that, trace onto the tissue the parts of the collage you want to be revealed and cut those traced areas off with a craft knife on a self-healing mat.



Once you have your tissue traced and cut to size, you can cut the tissue corners like this so it wraps gently and neatly around the edges of the board. On a piece of scrap paper, apply your gluestick to the back of the tissue – be careful around the cutouts and edges. Then gently smooth out the tissue onto the piece, making sure the tissue is not wrinkled. Fold the extra tissue on the side to the back of the piece neatly. Burnish the surface with a bone folder.  You can also define the raised collage parts on the pieces by burnishing around the edges.


Feel free to add different coloured tissues on top of the piece to add colour and depth. I layered small pieces of green tissue on top of my clouds. Explore with drawing directly onto the tissue as well. Make sure to test the medium on a scrap piece of tissue first for the desired appearance. Have fun!


Finished Artwork – for more of my illustrations please check out my website at


2 Responses to “Collage Incorporating Japanese Tissues!”

  1. Ruth says:

    I use Japanese tissue to cover my art works- Press flower. But I haven’t used this tissue before. I will give it a try.
    I don’t put glue on the tissue. I use spray glue, spay it on art work and apply tissue on it.
    This is easier to work, prevent winkles. Just my experience.

  2. judith says:

    such amazing talent! what a beautiful collage and inspiring example of what is possible with Japanese tissues!!!

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