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How to Tie Dye Tissue Paper

Learn how to tie dye tissue paper in a snap with this simple but fun craft project!

By: Lynda Heines from Bloom, Bake, and Create

Add color to your paper and fabric using this Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project from Lynda Heines.  Mix and match colors to create your own "bleeding art".  Tissue techniques are available here for fabric and paper coloring. 

Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project


  • Bleeding tissue in various colors (regular tissue will not work)
  • Piece of fabric or white watercolor paper (Strathmore 140 pound watercolor paper)
  • Plastic pan or bin
  • Paint brush
  • Iron (if coloring fabric)


To Tie Dye Fabric:

  1. Wet the piece of fabric and put it in a plastic pan to keep work area dry.
    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  2. Place torn pieces of tissue on the fabric, continuing to spray the tissue and tapping with brush.
  3. Let the fabric dry.
  4. Once it is dry, pick the chips of tissue from the fabric.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  5. Iron it and rinse it in cold water in the sink. Let it dry again and reiron. 

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project

To Tie Dye Paper:

  1. Wet the watercolor paper and then add the tissue. Spray and continue to add more of the same color tissue to areas to achieve dark colors.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  2. Let it dry.

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  3. BONUS!  You'll be left with all these beautiful pieces of tissue to add to another project!

    Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
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