(Ph. © Sean Santiago/Lonny)While planning a baby shower for my bestie this year, I realized it's not easy to find patterned tissue paper that fits my modern-minded aesthetic. I searched for days through varieties dotted with pale pink and powder blue teddy bears, then decided it was time to take matters into my own hands—which turned out to be a ridiculously easy two-step process. Don't believe me? See the how-to and finished product below.
What you'll need (pictured above):
-- color-diffusing paper
-- water colors of your choice
-- a paint brush or two
-- water (for mixing your colors)
2. Apply your design. Have fun with it and play around. I tried painting different abstract designs and using more or less water. My favorite technique was one where I held the paint brush firmly in one hand, then tapped it with the other to create a splatter effect (pictured above). Note: be sure to line your working surface with plastic or newspaper before you get started as some of the color may transfer through the paper.
The Finished Product: After letting the paper dry, I used it to line mini produce baskets, which were filled with shortbread cookies as a sweet takeaway for guests.