Watercolor Resist Painting {With Tutorial}

Recently, I came across an incredibly fun art project to do with Raileigh. I got the idea for our Watercolor Resist Painting somewhere on the Internet. However, I can’t seem to find the link to share with you. So, I am going to share my very own tutorial to make these fun, unique paintings with your little ones. Beware– you might want to make a few yourself as well!


  • Thick White Paper
  • Rubber Cement
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush


1. Take your white paper and lay it on a flat surface. You may want to cover the area with newspaper.

2. Open your bottle of rubber cement and hold the brush covered in rubber cement over the white paper. Move the brush around over the paper (never touching) and watch as the rubber cement drizzles onto the paper. Soon, you will see a fun, although random, design appearing on the paper.

3. Let the rubber cement dry. We chose to let it dry for about 24 hours.

4. Now, it’s time to paint. Get out your watercolors and paint away– right over the ribber cement! You will begin to see that the rubber cement actually resists the watercolors.

5. Let your painting dry. I suggest letting it dry overnight.

6. Once your painting is completely dry, rub away all of the rubber cement on your white paper. You are left with a beautiful resist painting!

Enjoy making these unique watercolor resist pictures. This painting project kept Raileigh entertained and occupied longer than any art project we have ever made. I see MANY of these watercolor resist paintings in our future!