Spring Art Projects: Tape Resist Flower Painting

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Spring Art Project: Watercolor tape resist flower paintings • Artchoo.com

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 poost on Watercolor Techniques? We dipped into those a little bit.


  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Big old salt crystals, or anything you want to use along with the paints. See these watercolor ideas.


Have your kids rip pieces of tape and “draw” with it on the watercolor paper. Avoid using the straight edges of the tape, as they don’t look as good on the finished product.

tape resist flower project • Artchoo.com

They can use long pieces of tape and shorter pieces to form their flowers, and they will be focusing on the negative space. This means, they will need to think ahead as they 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 • Artchoo.com

Have them use different paint brushed for the different colors to minimize mixing and ending up with muddy colors. (Unless, of course, they want to get adventurous and mix some colors! Bonus points.)

Tape Resist Watercolor Project • Artchoo.com

We sprinkled coarse salt on the flower and the stem because we were 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, we’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 • Artchoo.com



    • 05/15/2013 / 3:09 pm

      I can’t get enough of tape resist projects. They give such good results.

  1. 05/14/2013 / 8:20 pm

    This looks really fun and I love the result. This technique would would be great for a children’s book!

    • 05/15/2013 / 3:08 pm

      That’s a great idea! You must have children’s books on the brain. Hmmmmm.

  2. 05/15/2013 / 12:08 pm

    This is such a fun spring project for kids!

    • 05/15/2013 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Carolyn! We definitely got into the spirit of Spring.

  3. 05/18/2013 / 6:47 am

    Love the tape resist with watercolor. Just magical!

    • 05/19/2013 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks, Pragmatic. It always gives a nice graphic look to art projects.

  4. 06/05/2013 / 8:46 am

    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!

  5. 07/12/2013 / 9:13 am

    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: funfamilycrafts.com/tape-resist-painting

    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!

    • 07/12/2013 / 10:50 am

      Thank you so much, Cindy! How awesome! I’ll round up some more crafts to submit; have a great weekend!

  6. Josh Mason
    03/02/2014 / 5:25 pm

    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.

    • 03/03/2014 / 8:29 pm

      Sounds cool, Josh. You should definitely try this and then post it on my Facebook page, because I want to see how it turns out.

      • Josh Mason
        03/04/2014 / 1:22 am

        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.

  7. 04/03/2014 / 9:05 pm

    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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