Mini Monets and Mommies: Ribbon Resist Art for Kids

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ribbon Resist Art for Kids

I’m a fan of tape resist art. But, all too often I find my son, the kids who I teach or myself pulling off the paper during the tape peeling process. I’ve tried loads of different tapes, and always have the same problem. Honestly, if you have a solution – please add it to the comment section. I’m completely willing to try it out.
Kids project

This time instead of tape, we tried ribbon. It leaves behind the same negative space marks, but doesn’t require any messy peeling. As a bonus, it’s a fairly intricate fine motor activity. In order to start the art, your child will have to fold onto the ribbon and keep it still while putting on the paint. Believe me when I say, it’s also a lesson in patience and self-control. It also has an amazing ability to help the artist focus. Try it out yourself, along with your child. If you have work to do or just can’t seem to concentrate, doing this will re-focus your mind (and it’s always fun to make art alongside your child!).

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Tempera or washable finger paints

·        Ribbon – Use one size or vary it up and try different thicknesses.

·        White or light-colored paper – I like card stock or poster board. They are thick enough to hold gobs of paint without curling, curving or getting holes.

·        Scissors
Art Activity

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Cut the ribbon into different sizes.

2.     Make a design on the paper with the ribbon. Your child can create an abstract pattern, shapes or letters. Remind her that the parts under the ribbon will stay the same color as the paper.
Tape Resist


3.  Pour the paint into golf ball-sized pools. Use a palette, tray, plastic-ware lid or (my favorite) as sheet of wax paper.

4.  Finger paint the paper. Your child will need to use her critical thinking skills to figure out how to hold the ribbon still, while painting at the same time. The more paint that she gobs on, the more the ribbon will stay in place. She should cover the ribbon too. Encourage her to mix and blend the colors together.
Paint Project

Kids' art

5. Pull the ribbon off to reveal the art underneath!

Children's art

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  1. My kids would love to do these art using ribbons. Also thanks for joining in the hobnob, which I am cohosting. Wanted to let you know that I am your newest follower..:)

    -Priyam @

  2. This is the most amazing website of all time. Love the art and craft projects!

  3. Creative - definitely trying this! I have the same problem with tape-resist projects, which is so annoying because I love the way they come out. At least I'm glad to find I'm not the only one! lol!

    1. Oh you certainly aren't alone. My son was never picky about it and didn't care if the paper ripped. But, it always got to me. This one makes nice lines without the rips. And it really encourages kids to focus and use their fine motor skills.