Hot Air Balloon Watercolor Art


Hot Air Balloon Bleeding Tissue Paper ArtHi there, everyone! I’m Heidi from Happiness is Homemade, and I am super duper excited to be back here at Design Dazzle for my fourth year as a Summer Camp counselor!

I love the freedom that Summer Break brings, and our family likes to fill that extra time with lots and lots of art and craft projects. Summer is an especially great time to experiment with new art materials because there’s less rush and the kids really have time to explore the new medium. For this hot air balloon “watercolor” art project we used a material that was new to us – bleeding tissue paper – and had SO much fun with it!

Supplies Needed for Hot Air Balloon Art ProjectWhat You’ll Need:

  • Colored paper
  • Heavy weight white paper
  • Bleeding tissue paper
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Gluestick
  • Crayons or markers

Start by cutting the white paper into a hot air balloon shape (if you have a Silhouette machine, this is the hot air balloon shape that I used).

Bleeding Tissue Paper SheetsCut the tissue paper into smaller and more manageable sized pieces (mine are around 2″x3″).

Creating Bleeding Tissue Paper Hot Air Balloon ArtI put a layer of paper towels on a tray (to help absorb the water later on) and placed the hot air balloon shape on top. Tear or cut the tissue into small pieces and lay them on top of your hot air balloon.

Making Bleeding Tissue Paper ArtAdd lots of pieces and layers of tissue paper to the hot air balloon until it is covered as desired.

Bleeding Tissue Paper Art ProjectNow it’s time for the super fun part! Spray the tissue with a mist of water from the spray bottle until saturated. Note: If you spray the tissue from too close, the force of the water spray will cause the dry tissue paper to blow away, so take a few steps back first!

Bleeding Tissue Paper Hot Air BalloonAllow the tissue to dry and then remove to reveal the gorgeous “watercolor” effect left behind. So pretty!

Watercolor Style Hot Air Balloon Art with Bleeding Tissue PaperGlue the hot air balloon on to the colored paper, and use crayons or markers to add the basket and other finishing details.

Creating Hot Air Balloon Kids ArtI love that such a simple process created such intricate looking results!

Hot Air Balloon Kids Artwork

Thanks so much for having me here today! For even more fun summer ideas, be sure to check out the kids craft gallery at Happiness is Homemade and take a peek at a few of our favorite posts – DIY Rock Candy, Outdoor Paver Hopscotch and Microwave Puffy Paint!

Posted on June 18, 2014
Categories: crafting with kids, crafts, creative ideas, diy tutorials & creative ideas, dollar store, holiday awesomeness, summer camp, summer camp

  Leave A Comment


  1. Lisa says:
    June 23, 2014

    I want to try this! This is SO interesting and fun. Love it!

  2. Shelley says:
    June 29, 2014

    That is such a cute project. My little ones will definitely make hot air balloons this week.

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      June 29, 2014

      So glad your kids will be making these. They are so simple and darling!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *