Watercolor Resist with Rubber Cement!

Have you ever used rubber cement for art?

This resist painting is fun and easy and will be like magic to your little ones. Rubber cement will resist watercolor paint similar to an oil pastel or other substance that masks a liquid.

Only a few supplies are needed:

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Start by drizzling the glue all around the paper to make lines, swirls, and other designs.

Since the glue comes with a little brush Willa, naturally, wanted to paint with it and spread it around. Try to encourage children to lift their hand up higher so the glue can drizzle off the brush instead. You will see later how too much glue will create more white areas of the paper.

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Once you are done with the glue step, put it aside to dry. We let it sit for about an hour while we worked on this other beautiful watercolor project!

Now this is the magical part! Look at Lila’s response here as she puts her first stroke of paint over the dried rubber cement. Complete awe and excitement!

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You can see here with Willa’s painting how using more glue and spreading it with the brush created larger white areas once the paint was added. They both have different looks but equally beautiful!

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Once the paintings are completely dry, use your fingers to rub off the rubber cement. This can sometimes be difficult for children because it can be a little irritating on your fingertips after a while from all the rubbing. If you are working on a large scale, then this little tool I used in my college design classes will be a lifesaver! File_000 (21) - Edited

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