This is one of the few toddler art projects I'd be happy doing over and over again. It's low mess, super colorful, and the result is something I'm excited to hang in our playroom. It also helped Liam to learn the difference between a cool color and a warm color. Not that it's super important for a 2-year-old to know, but he liked figuring it out.
Here's what you need:
A paint brush
Watercolor paper or a canvas
Scissors or a paper punch in a shape of your choice
*In order for this project to work, you need tissue paper that's water-soluble, that will bleed its colors onto the paper. You can find it at an art store like this one.
1. Cut the tissue paper in an assortment of shapes. We chose squares (and used a paper punch) but you could do long strips of paper, punch out circles, or even tear little pieces in random shapes. We liked using the paper punch so Liam could get involved with this step.
2. Paint a spot of the paper or canvas with water.
3. Place a piece of tissue paper onto the wet spot.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 again and again.
5. Let it dry completely, then peel off the remaining pieces of tissue paper to reveal the pretty colors underneath.
For this last one, we used a scalloped paper punch with lighter colored paper on canvas. Love the difference it made!