Washi Tape Art

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Updated on Sep 9, 2013

Is your little one itching to create a work of art, but you're tired of dealing with the mess of paint? Washi tape is a super fun alternative! Your child will have a blast making art on a mini-canvas using rolls of lightweight rice paper tape. She can experiment with patterns and palettes, deciding how minimal or complex to make her "painting." The finished product makes a great gift, or a lovely work of art to hang on the wall.

What You Need:

  • Mini canvas (Go big, if you dare!)
  • Washi tape in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Scissors (optional)

What You Do:'

  1. Ask your child if she wants her canvas to be a portrait or a landscape "painting" and set it down accordingly.
  2. Have her tell you her plan for a palette. Does she want to create something really colorful, or limit her color palette?
  3. Pull out the Washi tape and tell her to get ready to "paint" her canvas! She can use as much, or as little tape as she likes to create her masterpiece.
  4. For straight edges, have her use a pair of scissors to cut the tape. Or, leave the tape edges rough, giving the piece an expressive flair. She can also choose to run the tape over the edges, so they become part of her finished work of art.
  5. When she's finished, hang it on a wall for everyone to enjoy!