I cannot remember who taught me how to do this, but it has been one of the most valuable crafting tips I've received, so I thought I would share it.
Rather than cutting handmade tissue paper into neat squares, you can tear it by hand to create a wonderful feathered edge. The slightly surprising, but very effective, tip is to first 'draw' with water the shape you want to tear out. You can use a paintbrush or just your finger. Don't get the paper too soggy, but use enough water to create a clear line.
Then simply pull the paper apart along the lines and it comes away with a feathered edge. And amazingly it doesn't tear anywhere other than the water lines you drew, so you don't have to worry about tearing it in a straight line. So easy, yet so effective.
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