Sometimes there is magic in art. Using a resist method is a pretty cool way to involve a young child in art and still get a really awesome look. This Snowflake was made using masking tape as a resist material – essentially; it blocks the paint to create its own pattern. This was my 2 year old's Saturday morning Masterpiece and her older siblings were jealous that they missed on the fun since it's now proudly displayed now on our mantel.
To create a masterpiece with your toddler like this snowflake, you need a few simple items:
- Masking Tape & Scissors
- Canvas board (you can pick them up for $1 or less at the dollar store)
- Paint I various shades and colours (I’d skip tempera and use acrylic for this project, just wear a smock to keep clean!)
Decide on a design first and lay the tape down in that pattern. Since we were doing a Snowflake we created that pattern but this method would be super fun for many themes, a birthday number, name, other shapes… but we created a Snowflake with masking tape.
Then give your child free reign to paint until their heart’s content. I provided my toddler with various shades of winter blues and whites. All were mixed into a big artistic mess by the end and man, did she have FUN! Cover the entire canvas, especially where the tape is. Encourage your child to also paint the edges for a more complete look.
Once the paint is dry (or almost dry if you’re impatient like me) you can remove the tape. It was not completely dry when I removed it, hence some of the edges as are little blurry. If I been more patient, I think the lines would have been straighter.
Voila! Instant artwork to hang courtesy of your child.
Check our our Valentine Sticker Resist Artwork, it follows a similar method except with stickers instead of tape.