Sunday, May 18, 2014

Glitter and Craft Sand Kids' Art: Tape Resist

Tape resist art is one of my favorite crafts to make with kids! These easy-to-make projects are simple as can be. All your little artist needs to do is make letters, a shape or some sort of design on a piece of paper using tape (the kinds that easily pull off - such as blue painter’s tape – work the best), paint or color over the entire sheet and then peel of the sticky stuff. When the tape comes off it leaves behind words or a picture where it once was.

Glitter Art

This time I switched up the basic paint project – swapping out the tempera for glitter and craft sand. And, what child doesn't love using glitter and sand? Yes, it's messy-- but, it's so much fun! As a bonus, it sneaks in a mini literacy lesson in a completely creative way.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·         Cardboard or card stock paper (or another thick paper)

·         Clear drying school glue

·         A paintbrush

·         Glitter

·         Colored craft sand

Here’s What You’ll Need To Do:

1.      Decide on a design. If you’re working on learning the alphabet, have your child pick the first letter of her name. Other options include simple shapes or easy designs such as flowers.

2.      Use the tape to create the design. Just have your child stick pieces of tape on the paper in the shapes that she wants. I made the mistake of using paper that was way too thin. When I tore the tape off, the paper came up too. Make sure that you choose a heavy weight card stock or go with cardboard.

First try with paper that was too light.

Second attempt, with cardboard.
3.      Paint a layer of clear drying school glue over the paper. She can “paint” the whole paper or just part of it. Make sure that at the very least she gets glue on the area surrounding the tape. If she wants to get fancy, she can create a shape such as a cloud around the tape. Don’t worry if it gets on top of the tape. Your child will tear the tape off later anyway. Any brush strokes or patterns that the brush creates will show through on the final product.

Kids' crafts
4.      Have your child sprinkle colored craft sand and/or glitter over the glue. She can create a blanket of multi-colored sand and glitter, spread certain colors over specific areas or create a stripy pattern. On the first attempt (with the light-weight paper) I tried a striped pattern. Luckily I poured the reminder of the sand and glitter into a bag to save for later, because I was able to mix it together and create a rainbow of hues for the second attempt.

Sparkle artSand Art

5.      Shake off the excess glue and glitter into a bag (again, you can use it later).

Literacy lesson
Art Activity

6.      Peel off the tape to reveal the design underneath.

Alphabet art

Kids' lessons
If you notice that the sand and glitter is starting to shed, paint another layer of clear glue over it to seal it in.

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  1. I always like your ideas! I use them with my own kids because I am running out of ideas!

  2. This is so neat! Glitter for the win!

  3. Cool beans... or should I say, "Cool Glitter!" :)

  4. This is a cute idea! Anything glitter is usually a hit in my house! Thanks for linking up at Merry Monday Linky Party! Julia (co-host)

  5. Love this little craft and how easy it is!

  6. I love these tape resist art ideas! Thanks for linking up with The Thoughtful Spot!

  7. Any craft can be improved with glitter! I love these. I'm always encouraging my kids to take a craft to another level. I'll show them one way, then let them see what inspires them to change it up. Love it!

  8. Any activity is more exciting with glitter. Kids love it. It is worth to use even if you need to clean up the mess after. Thank you for the idea.


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