As much as I will miss the fun of summer, I do really enjoy Fall (or Autumn as some may say). For the first day of Fall I thought I’d show how to do a tape resist painting in Fall colours.
This is a great activity because it is very process based, the child doing the activity can choose what paint to use, how much, where to put it, what types of brush strokes to use etc. At the end of it though, you also end up with a nice project that you can display.
I used a handmade textured brush but you can use a regular paint brush, foam brush or even have the kids paint with their fingers.
Use tape to section off areas of the canvas. You can use masking tape or painters tape, whichever you have on hand. Older kids can do this part themselves but younger kids may require you to give them pieces of pre cut tape or put the tape down for them for the youngest ones.
This is more or less what the canvas will look like when you’ve finished taping it. You can do a geometric pattern or make it more random. For a fall painting it would also be neat to create a tree trunk and branches out of the tape.
I chose red and yellow paint because they would mix to create orange. Using primary colours would also be good to teach colour mixing, or you could use favourite colours, colours to match a season or theme or whatever you have on hand 😉
Here’s the toddler completed painting. He was really interested in applying a lot of paint to one fairly circular area.
Here’s the end result! A Fall coloured tape resist painting for the first day of Fall 🙂