Creative Family Living

Fabric Painting with Kids :: Tape Resist


I’m finally posting the second fabric painting technique that Maia and I used a couple weeks ago (when she also did fabric printing to create her first day of kindergarten shirt).


It was the easiest thing ever.

When Maia was finished printing with round things, I asked if she wanted to try taping a design to paint.

Of course the answer was yes. (Although it isn’t always. Some of my suggestions fall flat.) She said she wanted to do it on a shirt for Daphne.


Here she is, taping a grid, with no design input from me. I rather thought she would tape random pieces all over the shirt, but she’s been doing this grid thing more and more lately in her drawings, too.

The tape is simply masking tape, by the way.


The fabric paint is Jacquard Textile Paint again…


After she taped her grid, she painted each square a different color, mixing a couple new colors when she realized we didn’t have enough different colors of fabric paint.


After the paint dried, she peeled the tape off to reveal the design. That little red splotch on the left is something she painted before putting the tape down.


She is very proud of the shirt she decorated for Daphne! As you can see in the photo at the top, it’s rather too large for her still, but of course she’ll grow into it.

If you want to try this with your child, all you need is masking tape and one or two colors of fabric paint (which you can purchase at most art supply or fabric stores).

It’s so easy! And fun. I know I’m a broken record here. I say that about most of the projects I post. But I guess those are my basic criteria. Easy and fun.

Let me know if you try it!

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  • Reply
    September 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Jean, is that the same paint you used in your freezer paper stenciled shirts? I love the soft feel of the one with the truck that we ordered when you had your etsy site. The fabric paint we have goes on very stiff and I don’t like it at all. Oh and by the way, in case you hadn’t heard it before, Daphne and Maia are SO cute.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Yes, Molly, it’s the same paint. I’ve tried other brands and I really, really like this jacquard fabric paint. You can order it online from Dharma Trading Co., but it’s also just available at our big chain art supply store (AC Moore) which is where I usually buy it and I think at Michaels, too.

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    Gorgeous Karma
    September 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    O my! This is so neat. Maia has done a great job, really!
    I will try to find such fabric paint here. Like the previous commentator has said, our fabric paint goes hard which does not feel nice when worn.

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    September 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I am looking forward to trying it.

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    Julie Liddle (ART IN HAND)
    September 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    my boys used to make t-shirts as gifts for their dad using this technique. you are right…so easy and fun and the results are very cool. Makes a great holiday or father’s day gift!

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    September 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    The photo of your baby wearing the shirt her big sister made for her is killing me. Just beautiful.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

    They used tape?! Cool. I’ll bet Maia would love to make a t-shirt for Harry.

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    Julia from Sweden
    September 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Oh, such a wonderful idea! I would absolutely love to try this out with my 5 year old! I better look for some fabric paint…! :)

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    September 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am totally doing this next time the niece and nephew come over. I am going to get them to paint each other’s shirts!!!

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