Masking Tape Art (masking tape resist)

Guys, before I get into a super fun, little rainy day activity, can I be honest?  I'm having a rough week.  Being a stay at home parent can be hard at times.  I feel like it goes in cycles.  Sometimes, things are easy peasy.  And then... then there is the last week or so.  Maybe it is the weather (lots of rain) or the fact that Alex is pushing two (hello tempter-tantrums)  but I've been a little overwhelmed.  I think being at home is a lot like any job.  No matter how much you love what you do, there are times when it sucks.  Of course the difference is that when you are having a challenging week at your job, you at least get to leave work and go home at the end of the day.  As a stay at home mom, I never get to leave.  I love those kids but man oh man can they drive me batty at times.  I guess I just needed a confessional moment.  I didn't want anyone to see this post and think we have it all together over here.  Oh no.  I have been stressed out and my kids have watched way too much TV this week.  I am running behind on just about everything on my to-do list.  I feel like I have been running a deficit for weeks.  Maybe I'll get caught up soon or maybe I'll just give up and embrace the fact that I will never get everything done.  Thanks for letting me vent. I should add, Jason is super involved and helpful. It is just between his new job and homework he has been pretty busy.  Now, let's make something pretty!


If you follow me on my Facebook page or Instagram you might have seen my recent foray into using masking tape as a resist.  This isn't a terribly original concept. I've seen lots of versions of this floating around on Pinterest.  Mostly, as an art project for children.  Late one night while I was trying to decide what to do with a half finished canvas, I got this idea to cut our flower petal shapes and use them as a resist.  I only have Instagram photos of the process of the flower because I wasn't sure how it would turn out.

I love the finished product.  But, be warned, cutting all those petals took forever and made a big mess.  Lots of little scraps of tape sticking to everything. I will also add, if you decide to brave the flower pattern, be warned as well that a lot of your background is visible   Take more time with your background than I did. I ended up adding some black petal design to up break it up.  Since this was so fun, I wanted to try it again and actually document the process.  Like for real. With a camera that isn't on my phone.

There are two ways to do this.  Depending on what you want your finished product to be. You can start with a painted background or a white background.  I went with a painted background, while Henry started with a white background.. Henry's method it great for the littles.

First, decide on what you want your background to be.  For mine, I wanted it to be an abstranct-ish background. So, I just started laying down some paint. I used a cheapo canvas board I had lying around. But, I think a stretched canvas would be nice.


Here is what I ended  up with.  Don't think to much about it.  Just paint.  If it looks lame, you can paint over it. This is acrylic paint and a little ink.  If you are having a hard time, stenciling and stamps would be a great way to build a background!!  Once your background is done (and dry) it is time to put on some tape.

I happened to see this post of Christy Tomlinson's site after I did my flower and decided I wanted to try something a little more geometric.  Mainly because I was too lazy to cut petals again.


It seriously took me less that 15 minutes to put down this tape.  I don't even want to think about how long it took me to do those petals.  Once your tape is applied, it is painting time.

Below is Henry's.  We just taped an "H" to the center of the canvas.  We are supposed to be learning our letters but someone is fixated on "H."  I thought about working with him to get something that we could hang in his room but in the end, I just let him go wild!  He picked out the colors and applied entirely too much paint.  But, he had a lot of fun.


As for me.  I decided to go with a really thin coat of cream paint.  I didn't want the geometric pattern to be overwhelming.  I added just a little bit of water to my paint to thin it and then lightly brushed it on.  It created an semi-transparent overlay. If you thin your paint be careful, too much water will make your tape come up. 


Above is the the result after peeling the tape off.  Taking the tape off is my favorite!  But, I wasn't finished!  I think this would work on it is own.  Especially on a bigger canvas but I knew from the beginning I wanted to add a bit more. 


I opened this post talking about how stressed I have been.  It is so easy to get caught up in all the negatives. I wanted a reminder of all the good things in my life.  Right now, this is in my room.  So I can see it every morning as I am getting ready. I'm not sure this shelf will be it's long term home. but for now, it will work.  The lantern and the duck are two of my recent thrift store finds.  I just stuck them on the shelf.  I really need help in stylizing my bookshelf (and photos!).


As for Henry's . . . . it turned out okay.  He loves it.  He put so much paint on it that it bled under the tape. He doesn't care.  I just decided to clip it to my closet pin hangers for awhile.  When we are ready for something new, we will just paint over it. But, if you took some time with your kid, I think this could make some killer nursery art.  Oh, I was going to let Alex paint one too but he didn't want to, so I didn't push it. 


So there you go.  Masking tape fun!  If you try this or have ever done something like this before, I'd love to hear about it.  On the off chance you aren't up for making your own, I do have prints of these in my shop.  But, they are so much fun you should give it a whirl. 

Off to love on my blessings and to remember that even when they are throwing tantrums, peeing on my rug or waking up at 2 am, they are the greatest gifts a gal could ask for.