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Tape resist art for kids

Tape Resist art for kids

We love crafting with tape. We have a huge bowl of colourful tape and have made some fun things such as a washi tape egg decorations, washi tape picture frames and Duck Tape bracelets. We’ve even made our own washi tape.

Today we thought we’d use tape in a completely different and sensory way – masking tape resist art. Paintings and drawings have positive and negative spaces, the positive is where you have added the colour, the negative spaces are plain. We thought we would use the tape to create some interesting art and my children had great fun.

Masking or washi tape
White card
Crayons and coloured pencils

How to make tape resist art

Choose your tape. My 3 year old had a good root through our tape box which gave us the chance to talk about the different colours, patterns and textures. She wanted straight lines so she had plenty of space to colour and I helped her tear pieces of tape and we placed them on the sheet of card.
tape resist artThen she picked her favourite crayons and pencils and coloured in all the white spaces.

tape resist artWhen she had finished we removed the pieces of tape (we used washi tape which was easy to take off) and we were left with really clear positive and negative spaces.
tape resist artOf course as soon as my 4 year old came home from school he wanted to try this for himself. He experimented with shapes and letters and made a really sweet little tape resist house. You can make all kinds of patterns and it’s great for trying something a little different.


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    January 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I did this when I was little I havn’t done it with my little one yet But I need now x

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    January 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I love this idea, great concept for scrapbooking too x

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