Masking and resist painting
You will need:
- watercolour or water based poster paints
- watercolour masking fluid or white wax crayon
- variety of brushes (nothing fancy we used decorating brushes and an old toothbrush!)
- thick watercolour paper
- pot for water
- kitchen towel for mopping up spills
- Using our SDH Nature book as inspiration look for some interesting colours and shaped flowers.
- Set out your paints, water, brushes and paper on some old newspaper, take a look at the instructions for your masking fluid.
- Using an old brush paint the masking fluid onto the paper in the shapes of the flowers.
- Wait until your masking fluid is dry (don’t rush in whilst it is still wet as this will spoil the effect) use this time to get your brushes ready.
- Paint over your paper in large patches of wet paint in different colours of greens, yellows, ochres – enjoy not being too detailed! Add a few stalks when the paint starts to dry.
- Wait again until your paint is completely dry (don’t rush this bit either) When ready rub your finger over the masking fluid and it will start to peel off in a rubber blob.
- When all the masking is removed add a few more details like the flower centres and a couple more stalks for a 3D effect. Maybe add a few drips of colour, don’t be too neat.
Other ideas and tips
- Rinse your brush, with water, quickly after using the masking fluid otherwise it becomes a solid lump.
- If you don’t have masking fluid or want to do this activity with young children use a wax crayon.
- Use a much larger brush than you think need, we used an old decorating brush, this will stop you trying to add too much detail.
- Keep the paint wet and you will create some interesting blends of colours and textures.