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Bleeding Crepe Paper Art

While Bleeding Crepe Paper Art produces cool abstract and colourful prints, it falls into the genre of ‘process art’. So what is process art? to put it simply, it’s all about the creative process rather than the end product. All too often (myself included) it’s easy to get fixated on the end result, whereas process art gives children the freedom to create without a preconceived idea of how their craft ‘should’ look.

It’s more of a play, experiment and let’s see what happens approach, and this is where the magic happens.  With imaginations captured, children will quickly master their tools, learn cause and effect through experimentation, create unique masterpieces and have a jolly good time doing it!

And from a practical perspective, process art tends not to be material intensive, making quick and easy to set up – perfect when you’re dealing with short attention spans!

So let’s talk about Bleeding Crepe Paper Art…

Bleeding Crepe Paper Art: Materials and Supplies

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Stock Card / Watercolour or Mixed Media Paper – needs
Crepe Paper
A Water Spray Bottle or Jar & Paintbrush
Rolling Pin

Arty Crafty KidsArt | Bleeding Crepe Paper Art | An easy art project for kids

Lightly spray the watercolour paper with water.

Arty Crafty KidsArt | Bleeding Crepe Paper Art | An easy art project for kids

Cut the crepe paper into strips, squares, circles or simply tear it to create random and unusual shapes.

Layer the crepe paper onto the watercolour paper.

Arty Crafty KidsArt | Bleeding Crepe Paper Art | An easy art project for kids

Spray the crepe paper until its soaking wet and the colour begin to run.

Arty Crafty KidsArt | Bleeding Crepe Paper Art | An easy art project for kids

Gently flatten the crepe paper onto the watercolour paper with a rolling-pin in a slow and even motion to avoid lifting the crepe paper prematurely.

Leave the crepe paper to settle for 5-15min.

Arty Crafty KidsArt | Bleeding Crepe Paper Art | An easy art project for kids

Carefully remove the crepe paper to reveal the interesting and textured prints underneath.

Arty Crafty KidsArt | Bleeding Crepe Paper Art | An easy art project for kids

And ta-da, it’s as easy as that!

Encourage the Arty Crafty Kids to experiment with the water, the amount of crepe paper they use, the colour combinations and the duration they leave the crepe paper to stand before removing it.

Will the colours appear bolder or lighter?

Can they create new colours by layering primary colours?

What will happen if they gather the soggy crepe paper and give it a squeeze?

Bleeding Crepe Paper Art 

I hope the Arty Crafty Kids love the process and create some spectacular prints. We’re planning to use our prints to create butterflies and Autumn leaves, so watch this space! For more fun and easy process art ideas, take a look at our Yarn Art Process, Cling Film Art and Bubble Wrap Printing.

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2 Comments on Bleeding Crepe Paper Art

    • Thank you!! You will need a base that can withstand and absorb water without falling apart. Ordinary construction paper is too thin. You could try using white card stock instead, which is cheaper and more accessible than multimedia paper.

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