MAR
06
2013

Masking Tape Water Color Art for Kids

I have a super easy and fun art activity for kids to share today!

But before we start, I know you are all curious about our art boards, so I just wanted to address them in a post. They’re simply 2×3 chalk boards turned over, on the backside is like mason board material. I purchased these at a local Office Depot store and that’s it. Nothing fancy or expensive, but definitely perfect for keeping tables clean during messier projects!

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Now onto the project…

Supplies:

  • Masking tape
  • Water Colors
  • A water dish (Mine are no-tip water cups from Lakeshore Learning)
  • Paint brushes
  • Water Color paper
  • Scissors (1 pair per student)

 

Directions:
I gave each student their own setup of supplies along with a few strips of masking tape. I then asked them to think about a design they could create using the tape along with a few ideas such as a flower, shark, lit candle, or abstract design. As you can see Turbo is deep in thought over his idea.

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Once a design is chosen, simply cut out shapes from the masking tape and place them onto the paper to create your design. I helped the Teeny Tot with her design, she wanted to do a flower. As you can see below I helped cut out the flower pieces and then we placed the tape onto her paper.

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After your tape is placed on the paper, use the water colors to create a colorful background for your image. I encouraged them to fill the entire paper with water color so it its more dramatic when you remove the tape.

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Turbo went for an abstract design…

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While Strawberry Shortcake decided to do a heart design with her tape.

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Once the painting is complete and the water color is dried, carefully remove the masking tape from your paper to expose your design. Tinkerbell made two small cloud shapes using the tape then painted a rainbow and sky background.

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Here are the other finished projects.

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As I said, let the paper dry before removing the tape. The Teeny Tot was impatient and removed hers while the paper was still wet. As you can see the design edges aren’t quite as sharp as the others as the tape tore off a bit of the painted area as well. I also think part of her issue was the amount of water that she added to her paper. She likes to be thorough when painting. Lots of paint and lots of water. Maybe a little too much, but she was happy with the result so it’s all good.

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And that’s it! A super easy but fun water color activity for kids. And the best part is you should have most of these materials at home, so no special trips to the store.

Have a fun art idea to share? Make sure to leave a comment below so others can be blessed by your ideas!

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Comments

  1. Great idea….looks like the kids had a great time. Hmmmmm, now where’s my masking tape?

  2. so cool! we love watercolors at our house – i am definitely going to try this!!!

    xoxo,
    Erika

    http://www.urthmama.com

  3. Thanks for the idea – I’ll be adding this one to our lessons next week! It’s always nice to add easy, enjoyable projects to our regular art curriculum :)

  4. Sally Taylor says:

    This looks great fun thanks for sharing.

    We have done something similar with acrylic paints and the small 7″ x 5″ canvas. You use masking tape to tape off what you want to leave blank. We did Union Jacks at the Jubilee last year and have also done initials. As Erica said you want to cover the area not masked off completely with paint to be the most effective and also wait for the paint to completely dry.

  5. I have been wanting to try this. Where did you get the boards?? Thanks for always sharing your ideas with us!

  6. http://fromthemrs.blogspot.com/2013/01/hand-art-illusion.html

    We did a super simple art project recently. All you need is paper and crayons! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  7. Great idea! I think I’ll do this today with the kids. :) Here’s my idea: http://www.dearlylovedmist.com/2012/07/make-believe-animal-art-project.html

  8. what a great simple change from the usual! I think this will be our craft for the day, thanks for the idea.

  9. what a neat idea!!

  10. what a great way to take watercolors from “mundane” to “interesting”! My sons adore painting with watercolors so we’ll have to try this soon. One suggestion: try drafting tape instead of masking tape if you can swing the extra expense. It’s designed to come off the paper easily. That’s what my husband uses for his art (he’s a comic strip author by vocation).

  11. You could also try using blue painter’s tape…you might even have this around during your move =) Side note: you can see Tinkerbell’s name on her apron in case you want to edit that out.

  12. We used your idea today! Thank you so much!!

  13. What a great idea! My girls Rebecca 9 and Sarah 7 enjoyed this. Rebecca made a house and Sarah did an abstract design. They came out wonderfully.

  14. Love this! I can’t wait to try it.

    Here is another one that we will be doing soon. It’s the middle project on this page http://www.daniellesplace.com/MOsite/MOAnimalCrafts2.cfm#seaturtle

    You paint bubble wrap and press it onto plain paper. Cut out shapes and make a picture. They did a sea turtle but the possibilities are endless (I want to try a sea horse). The idea is borrowed from Danielle’s Place. :)

  15. What a fabulous open ended art activity!!! Thank you, it’s going on my lesson plan for this week! Can’t wait to see what my 4/5 years will do!

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