Tape Resist is a fun and easy art process for kids of all ages, and great for home or the classroom. Grab the tape and the paint, and I’ll show you 4 simple tape resist art ideas that will inspire your kids to get creative with a tape art project of their own.
If there’s one art process that my daycare hooligans ask to do time and time again, it’s tape resist art. All of the kids love it – from the toddlers, straight through to the 10 year olds. I love it too because it’s so quick and easy to set up, so it’s great for home, art class, art camp, or as an activity at a kids’ party. All you need is a canvas, a roll of painter’s tape and some paint.
The older kids recently spent a day crafting with me, and as we approached the end of our day, they spotted a few dollar store canvases that I had tucked away in the craft room, and they asked to do one last art activity.
I asked what they’d like to make, and the answer was unanimous:
We gathered the canvases, the tape and some acrylic craft paint, and headed to the craft table where each child made a unique piece of art. In the past, we’ve done group projects, like our stained glass tape resist jars and our Father’s Day mugs and bowls, but this time, I left it up to the kids to make whatever they wanted.
I love how they all came up with completely different ideas for their paintings.
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To make our tape resist art, we used:
painter’s tape (we used 2 different widths)
Painter’s tape or masking tape for paint resist?
If you’re using an art canvas like ours, you could use low-tack masking tape, or even regular masking tape for your tape resist project but if you’re making your art on a piece of thick paper (i.e. poster board) or on cardboard, you’ll need to use actual painter’s tape. It’s not as sticky as masking tape, so it won’t rip the paper or cardboard when you pull it off.
You can find painter’s tape at any hardware store or paint store, but I just buy mine at the Dollar store.
The kids used the tape to make the designs that they wanted on their canvases, and then painted in the sections of their designs.
One of the hooligans chose to make a Canadian flag. I love how she paint a heart in the middle of the flag, instead of a maple leaf. She did the same thing when we painted our Canada Day Rocks last month.
Another hooligan made her name with the painter’s tape, and painted the background in rainbow colours.
The first and last letters of her name were a bit tricky to make because of the curves in the O and the A. She patiently tore her tape into small pieces and twisted some of the longer pieces to make it work.
Another child chose to make a chevron pattern with pieces of tape.
And the youngest hooligan made an abstract design with her painter’s tape.
And of course, the most satisfying part of the project is pulling of the tape to reveal the finished design.
What a super art activity for kids!
Great for fine motor development, a fun way to experiment with colours, shapes and patterns, and another fine piece of homemade art for the kids to take home and hang in their bedrooms.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.