The Child Artist: Initial Tape Art

February 9, 2017


Last week we showed you some tape art projects. This week is another tape art craft, but specifically initial art. So, the ‘G’ is for my son Gibson. We’ll be hanging this piece in his room. It’s fun to personalize your artwork, especially for LO’s!

What You Will Need:

So, first thing is first. You’ll want to tape off your choice letter(s) on your canvas. You can choose whatever size canvas you’d like, make your letter as big or as small as you want and also choose what width size you would like your tape to be. I would recommend using either painter’s tape or masking tape. Both peel off very easily when finished painting.  As you can see in the picture above, our paint did run underneath our taped-off area. Lucky for me, I’m not a perfectionist and this does not bother me. You might be though and maybe this drives you nuts! If so, you’ll probably want to purchase some gesso and apply that to the edges of your taped area so the paint doesn’t run underneath.


We used a wider painter’s tape for our letter ‘G’. I believe it is about 2 inches in width. You may want to purchase a couple of different widths of tape to add some variety to your letter. I wanted to make one part of the ‘G’ a smaller width than the rest and opted to use an Exacto knife (or box cutter) on the tape cutting it down to a width of 1 inch, before applying it to the canvas. For the other pieces of tape I simply used scissors to cut them to the length desired.


We again are using washable Crayola paints. Add whatever variety of colors your child would like to paint with on a paper plate, some water in a cup, a variety of paintbrushes (we have flat and round) and some paper towel to dab your brush on and let your little artist get to work! The one color I would probably say don’t waste your time purchasing for a 2-year-old is….brown. I bought brown and honestly, I’m not sure why. My child is great at creating brown on his own by smearing all of the colors together. ;0)


Working on making some brown paint ;O)



So, once your child is finished painting around the taped area just let the canvas dry out for a bit until the paint on the canvas isn’t visibly wet. 



Once the paint is dried, peel the tape off and voila! You now have a personalized new piece of inexpensive art for your LO’s room.


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Erin @ All Things Mommy

The Child Artist: Taped Canvas Art Edition

February 2, 2017


What you will need:


Paint brushes (we used flat and round)

Washable Paint

Painter’s Tape/Masking Tape (whichever width size(s) you prefer)

Sponge Brushes (optional)

Gesso (optional)

As you can see in the photo, we lined the two canvases up next to each other and applied the tape. You can either cut the tape (with scissors or a boxcutter) or (if you are like me) you can just rip the tape after you have it lined up!  Then, let your little artist paint to their heart’s content. Even if that means face painting…as long as you have washable, non-toxic paint. :)
The optional supply, Gesso, is used to fill in along the edges of the tape so paint doesn’t slip underneath. We did not use any on this project and we had no problems. I did, however, do a project right after this and the paint did sneak underneath the tape. So, it’s definitely your choice! If you opt to not use Gesso you may want to be sure to run your finger firmly over all edges of the tape to be sure it’s stuck onto the canvas fully. If you are going to use Gesso I would recommend purchasing some sponge brushes to apply it.
A very fun art craft for young children! My son Gibson is almost 2 and a half years old and he really enjoyed it. We used both round and flat brushes, hands, fingers….water, paper towel…we threw it all out there! I did fill in the white spots for my son when he was “over” painting.
Let the paint dry for a short bit (no more wet spots), remove tape, and voila!
Taped Canvas Art
Gibson’s finished masterpiece for his bedroom!


I hope you and your little one get a chance to enjoy this DIY craft together. It really is a lot of fun and not a hard one to accomplish. Minimal supplies needed, minimal time needed and beautiful outcome.



Erin @ All Things Mommy

The Child Artist: Reindeer Edition

December 2, 2016


What you will need to create the reindeer art:

  1. Canvas of your choice, but large enough for your child’s footprint and hand prints. Here I used a 5×7 flat canvas.
  2. Paint. I chose to use washable children’s paint because A) children are basically walking wrecking balls and, B) figured it was probably the best choice since I’m dipping my kids body parts in it.
  3. Child whose said body parts will be dipped in paint colors of your choice.
  4. Black permanent marker.

Step one: Dip right hand and left hand in paint color of your choice for the moose and/or reindeer antlers and stamp them onto the canvas.

Step two: Dip right OR left foot into paint color of your choice for the head of the reindeer and stamp your child’s foot onto the canvas.

**Set canvas aside to dry before proceeding to step 3**

Step three: Dip child’s finger tips into a variety of paint colors to create a string of Christmas lights

Step 4: Draw eyes and nose on reindeer with black permanent marker (or other color of your choice)

and Voila! Your child’s masterpiece is ready to hang (or perch) for the season :)


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