I love the way watercolor looks when it blends together, like a beautiful sunrise. I love the idea of watercolor resist, but I am not the best at drawing, and I feel that the angular lines of tape are too limiting. Then I thought, “contact paper is just like tape, lets experiment!”. Let’s just say, the experiment was a definite success! I am definitely on to something with contact paper resist, and it works well with other paints too! We tried this process two different times with watercolors so far, and once with finger paints.
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- Watercolors- We like to use liquid watercolors, but you can use regular watercolors too.
- Contact paper
- Watercolor paper
- Paint brushes
- Butterfly template
- I printed out a template of butterflies, stapled that paper on top of some contact paper, and cut out the butterflies. If you hate cutting as much as I do, you can always cut your contact paper into rectangles, stack them all on top of each other, and staple a butterfly on top of the stack, so you can cut all your butterflies out at once. Make sure you use plenty of staples around the edges, so your paper doesn’t slide around as you are cutting!
- Then I carefully peeled the backing off the contact paper butterflies, and stuck them on watercolor paper. You want to make sure you press the butterfly firmly to the paper, and rub your finger along the edges, to make sure your paint isn’t going to seep underneath the contact paper.
- I let my two-year old have free reign on how she wanted to paint the paper with watercolors, then I put her masterpiece somewhere safe while it dried. Tips– I love having my daughter paint on top of cookie sheet pans, so I can pick up her paintings without worrying about all her paint running all over the place. I also like to place my liquid watercolors in ice pop molds, with a little bit of water added, and use color coded paint brushes to cut down on the amount of paint that mixes together. I also place the ice pop mold, on top of a cookie sheet to catch all the drops of paint. It’s so much easier to have one ice pop mold, rather than eight different cups. If you use regular watercolors, and have a water cup, I would highly suggest placing the cup on top of a cookie sheet pan, or a plate. These tips make clean up so much easier!
- Once the paint was dry, I peeled off the contact paper, and viola! I was left with beautiful white butterflies, against the beautiful watercolor background.
The sky is the limit with contact paper resist. Go grab some contact paper, and get to creating! The painting with six butterflies was our first attempt at contact paper watercolor resist, and that turned into a Mother’s Day present for my mom. This is a great way to turn your kids messy paintings into masterpieces. My daughter loves her creations as much as I do, and they make great gifts. I would love to hear what you create with your contact paper resist, be sure to drop me a comment!