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Tape resist watercolor painting is a very classic art project for young kids. My kids and I recently had the opportunity to create our own tape resist watercolor paintings following a multi-step process I outline below.
Note: For more art projects your kids will enjoy, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page.
To make tape resist watercolor paintings, you will need the following supplies:
- Paper (we used watercolor paper, which is thicker than printer paper so it holds up better)
- Tape (we used painter’s tape because it peels off so easily)
- Watercolor paints (we used liquid watercolors)
- Paint brush
- Optional: Tray to contain the mess
The first step is to place tape on your paper. You can use the tape to make any design you want. The key is to remember that the areas under the tape will remain paint-free.
Once your tape is in place, use your watercolors to paint!
When you are finished painting, it’s time to let the paper dry.
Once the paint is dry, you can remove the tape from your paper. (Cross your fingers the tape pulls up easily without causing any rips!)
Then you can admire your tape resist watercolor painting!
Here is QBoy’s masterpiece.
And here is XGirl’s masterpiece.
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