Eric Carle is know for his unique style of illustration- making painted tissue paper collages.
Collage comes from the French word coller meaning to glue. It is an art form in which bits of objects such as string, dried leaves, flowers, photographs, newspapers, old magazines, wall paper, fabric or any other such items are glued down on a surface. Many famous artists such as Picasso and Matisse have used this technique. This is also a popular technique with several illustrators who have used it in multiple different ways to tell their stories. Carle paints his tissue paper. This gives texture and depth to the paper, after which he uses it in his illustrations.
Tissue paper collages by Eric Carle
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Going About Your Artwork
You first need to paint your tissue paper. You can splatter, use brush, or make any pattern you want. You can even texture the paper by stamping the paint with sponges, scraps of carpet or leaves! Let dry. On a paper draw your design. Glue down your hand-painted tissue papers. You can use crayons, colored pencils or paint for the final touch to give dimension and detail to your project. The sample shown here is a snowy landscape, using different shades of blue. Paints were used to paint trees and snow flakes.