Spring Art Projects: Tape Resist Flower Painting

Tape Resist Flower Watercolor Project •

Spring Art Project: Watercolor tape resist flower paintings

Spring art projects are popping up all over the place, and we’ve caught the bug! In this art project, we’re focusing on tape resist and water color. Remember my post on Watercolor Techniques? We dipped into those a little bit.



Rip pieces of tape and “draw” with it on the watercolor paper. I avoided using the straight edges of the tape so everything looked a little rough and loose.

tape resist flower project

You can use long pieces of tape and shorter pieces to form your flowers, and you will be focusing on the negative space.

This means you will need to think ahead as you are laying down the tape: whatever is not taped off will be painted, and will be the finished flower. Whatever is taped off will ultimately show up as white lines around the flower.

Tape reist flower project

I laid on my colors fairly evenly, nothing too fancy. Just different colors above and below the horizon line.

Tape Resist Watercolor Project

I sprinkled coarse salt on the flower and the stem because I was feeling nutty and wanted to add in a little texture.

Remember to let the paint dry before you brush off the salt! Peel off the tape verrrry gently. Honestly, I’ve never been able to peel off the tape perfectly- there are always a few little bits of paper that come up with the tape. You just have to embrace the paper’s texture in these cases….

Tape Resist Flower Watercolor Project

Here’s another one I made using more subdued colors and I dabbed them on with the brush in almost a pointillism style. For this one, I taped the actual shape of the flower, so when I removed the shape the color was just left on the rest of the page, with a white silhouette of a flower.

watercolor flower using tape resist

What do you think?


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  1. Love this! And I love that there are a whole lot of possibilities for creativity with this technique! Just pinned so that I can try this in the near future with my kiddos!

  2. I\’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we\’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  3. Nice! I’ve wanted to try this with splatter art for a while, specifically masking off an abstract shape design with some Frogtape or something, and then splattering paint over that, as actually, it would look pretty cool in the end result.

      • Coolios! Also sent you a friend request on Facebook as well, and as for interests, I’m basically a computer nerd that is also interested in any kind of artsy or creative stuff, going to send you some of the stuff I’ve created in the past both with traditional materials and with digital methods.

  4. Can’t imagine why I never saw this post sooner? I am so glad I found it right at the beginning of our Spring season this year! Better late than never! Thanks Jean

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