Easy Watercolor Activities

24 February 2014

Paint on Watercolor Tape: Make Watercolor Stickers, Ribbon and Art.


Save as ribbon for wrapping or paint miniature scenes and images to crop and use.  Click below to learn how and to see many more examples.


Happy Day! I’m popping in over the kids Winter Break to share a versatile watercolor project. It’s for all ages and all abilities — big and small. We painted over the weekend and have all kinds of fun results we wanted to share today. I hope that you, too, will enjoy turning traditional watercolor tape into something new!


Rather than using this tape for holding watercolor paper into place,  take advantage of the qualities of this “painting” tape to make something new. I also love the craft paper quality of this surface.

Since the surface of watercolor tape is designed to withstand liquid and its back is coated with an adhesive that can be activated later, if one is careful to keep the backside dry, you can actually use this as a painting surface and later, use it in many ways. We’ve decorated packages and made cards but there are so many ways it can be used.  I’d love to see what you do, too!


This simple water color project is one that allows for almost any watercolor technique — from simple washes, patterns or more detailed small paintings and experimental painting, etc —  switching water color tape for traditional paper is a fun alternative and appealed to the kids this weekend. C



Middle Row: 1. Paint monotone images. 2. Swirly watercolor washes.  4. Images to be framed.  4. Create stickers, cards, artwork to frame or ribbon strips for wrapping. Bottom Right: For young kids, draw round circles and have them fill these circles with paint. It’s an excellent developmental skill and makes great, usable patterns.
This is how to get started: 
Watercolor tape (this is purchased in art supply stores), water colors (I like to use tubes but traditional tubs work just fine, too), water color brushes and water. Washi or freezer tape.
How to:
Cut long strips of the watercolor tape and secure these to the table with washi tape. Secure the tape every foot to keep it from buckling once working with it. Once the tape is in place, it’s time to paint. Use any watercolor technique: washes, patterns. The surface can withstand water but take care to not get the back adhesive wet so that it can’t be used as an adhesive later. Once the tape has been painted and dried. Remove from the work surface and roll. If you’ve made smaller images, cut them already into appropriate sizes. Apply long strips of tape as ribbons on packages, small pieces for embellishment or images for the same or on archival paper and then, frame.

I’ve love to see what you do with this!

Looking for more watercolor inspiration? Here are several great watercolor art projects for kids  —check out these blogs!
Meri Cherry Spring Watercolor Flower Art
BlogMeMom does Texture on Watercolors
Learn Play Imagine does Erupting Watercolor Absorption Art
Artchoo does Drippy, Splashy Watercolor Process Art
Fun At Home with Kids does Exploring Absorption with Watercolors on a Texture Board
Housing a Forest does Pour Painting with Watercolors
Babbledabbledo Watercolor and Oil

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Paint Water Color Pencils (not pictured below)

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