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A Halloween Art Project with Black Glue Resist

by Andrea Martelle
October 31, 2022
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Black glue resist spiderwebs are our new favorite Halloween art project! Use black liquid glue to draw Halloween designs and then paint with watercolors to make spooky stained glass.

Glue resist art is lots of fun. Black glue resist art is also lots of fun. But Halloween black glue resist?! It might be the best!

The black glue pops against the white paper, and then the bright watercolors shine through like a real stained-glass window.

This activity lends itself perfectly to Halloween, so you can make spiderwebs, jack-o’-lanterns, cats, bats, or any of your favorite spooky creatures!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

How to Do a Halloween Art Project


* If you don’t want to make black glue, you could also use regular glue and it will still be a super fun watercolor-resist art activity


  1. Make your black glue

    Add black paint to your bottle of glue and shake until the paint is completely mixed in and the glue is black.

    making black glue

  2. Draw your designs

    Squeeze the black glue onto the paper or cardboard into a design.

    making designs with black glue

    We did spiderwebs, jack-o’-lanterns and a couple of cats!

    black glue spiderwebs

  3. Let designs dry

    Let your Halloween designs dry completely. Make sure you wait until everything is totally dry! We learned the hard way that if you paint while the glue is still wet, it makes a mess. 

    black glue pumpkin

  4. Add paint!

    Finally, use watercolors to paint your Halloween picture!

    painting spiderweb

    The dried glue prevents the watercolors from mixing and bleeding and creates such a cool stained-glass effect.

    painted black glue designs

We had a blast making these black glue designs! My kids each tried their hands at using the glue to draw, but they really loved painting in the white spaces most of all.

The pictures we made are so vibrant! If you try this, you’ve definitely got to try it with neon colors!

halloween art project black glue resist
Photo by Andrea Martelle

More Halloween Art Projects for Kids

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Even More Halloween Art for Kids!

Check out our Halloween Arts and Crafts Workshop at the Kids Art Spot, our kids art club. You’ll get 15 videos of fun and spooky art activities PLUS 17 Halloween-themed drawing prompts!

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