Giant Tape Resist Art: so big, they can all paint together
Cardboard. Tape. Paint. GIANT SIZE. It’s a simple recipe for one very big masterpiece for multiple kids. This is such a crowd pleaser – and one you can do from toddler to big kids.
Have one child? Or one young child? Try a SMALLER version of this activity (see it here).
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Giant Tape Resist Art is an easy activity with a big WOW factor.
Tape resist art is an awesome technique for all age. Here are the basics: use tape as a border, an outline, to create a negative space against the paint.
And this works for big kids AND little kids (because the tape sets the boarder, littles can be really successful in making a special piece of art).
How to set up a giant tape resist art activity:
I couldn’t help myself: I had to go big with this activity. I love a giant activity. I love a collaborative activity. I love any activity that invites a multi-age of children to play. This activity used my 4, 6, and 8 year old (but I’m telling you, toddlers love this activity too).
On a large cardboard box, use tape to make shapes, lines, or even words. I’ve started doing this at the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) – it’s all amazing with tape resist.
If your child is old enough, let them help or be the lead at creating their tape design – since this was collaborative art, I took the lead. But big kids could definitely take over instead!
I hung this on the fence BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO
Truth time: I hung this on the fence because that lets me take a better photo of the art and action for this website and Instagram.
BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO.
In fact, it’s really great to just leave this on the ground and let the kids move and work around it. This is especially true if you have kids of varying sizes.
If you do try it on the fence, use washable paint, hose the fence down asap, and use dawn + water for any paint that’s being fussy.
Here’s a quick materials list for Giant Tape Resist Art:
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- Cardboard box or canvas
- Painter’s Tape
- Washable Tempera Paint (this stuff is awesome)
- Giant paint brushes
- Muffin tin to hold the paint
Time to peel off the tape (and I learned a trick!)
I have learned from the past to WAIT on peeling up the paint. Whenever I rush it, my paint and the cardboard peel.
Instead, let the paint fully dry: a full 24 hours just to be safe. Makes a HUGE difference.
Giant Tape Resist Art – it’s always a win
There’s nothing quite like tape resist art. It’s magical for everyone the way that the paint and the negative space come together to make this amazing art project.
Make it giant if you have a few kids painting because there really is something amazing in collaborative art that’s beyond giant.
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