Tri-panel Silhouette

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This tri-panel Silhouette has a tissue painted background. Water is brushed over colored tissue paper and then removed. We used torn pieces of tissue paper, rather than cut squares, to give the painting a sunset appearance. This project was so much fun because we discovered so many different colors when we over lapped the tissue pieces. This goes together a lot faster than the directions sound.


  • Three pieces of white construction paper (4 ½” x 12″)
  • Three pieces of black construction paper (4 ½” x 12″)
  • Black construction paper (9″ x 12″)
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Water and small container
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Iron


  1. Lay a 4 ½”x 12″ piece of white construction paper on a double sheet of paper towel. Place a piece of torn tissue paper anywhere on the paper and brush it with water. Pick up that wet piece and lay down another piece of tissue and brush it with water. Continue over the sheet of paper, overlapping colors where white spaces show. Try not to get the paper overly wet. Leave the paper on the paper towel when moving it and when pressing it with the iron. Set the paper aside to air dry and then repress to straighten it.
  2. Repeat the above directions for the other two pieces of white paper. Set aside.
  3. On the three 4 ½” x 12″ black pieces of paper, draw simple leafless trees. Make sure to draw the trees the entire length of the black paper. Cut out the three tree shapes.
  4. On the black scraps, draw simple owl shapes and cut them out.
  5. Glue the tree shapes on the dry tissue painted papers. Glue the owls in the trees.
  6. Arrange the three pictures over the black 9″ x 12″ paper having the middle picture centered on the black paper. Glue the center picture down making sure the top and the bottom of the picture line up with the top and bottom of the black paper. Leave a one inch space between the edges of the middle picture and the two outside ones. Glue them down.

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