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DIY Dollar Store: Tape Resist Art

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This adorable tape resist art project can be made with supplies from your local dollar store for budget-friendly art piece you and your kiddos will love making!

collage image with oil pastels, white canvas, washi tape and finished art project with title text "Dollar Store Tape Resist Art"

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I’ve been feeling all kinds of crafty lately. Anyone else? You feel me. So, I made a quick trip to the dollar store to see what I could find. I was blown away! I really had to control myself because the craft section was on point.

With just a few materials (and a total cost of $3.00 I might add), I was able to make this adorable tape resist project. It was the perfect activity to do with my daughter on a rainy day.

What is Tape Resist Art?

The idea of tape resist is that paint or oil pastels won’t stick to any area of the canvas that is covered with tape. So, wherever you place your tape lines, the color won’t bleed into those areas.


Choose whether you want to use a 5×7 inch or 8×10 inch canvas. You can buy these in 3-packs at Dollar Tree or any dollar store.

white canvas board with washi tape in lines on board with roll of washi tape

Cut pieces of tape in varying lengths and place the tape lines on the canvas in any design you like.

I really love the random look of this. It’s very geometric. You can try any design you like. This would be really cute with chevron lines or parallel lines.

Next, you’ll color in the spaces with oil pastels. Choose any colors you like. You could even color all of the spaces the same color if you want a specific look.

white canvas board with washi tape lines and purple oil pastel color with oil pastels tray in background

Once all colored in, use your finger to smudge the oil pastels to help them blend on the canvas. Just make sure you don’t mix colors when blending. Either wipe your finger clean or use a different finger for each color.

Now, all that is left is to remove the tape. The lines where the tape were will be white and create the space between the colored sections.

white canvas board with washi tape lines and oil pastel color

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Yield: 1 canvas

Dollar Store Tape Resist Art

square image of white canvas board with oil pastel design

This easy, dollar store art project uses just three materials and it can be done in 10 minutes. No waiting for paint to dry!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3.00


  • 5x7" or 8x10" Canvas board
  • Washi tape or Painter's tape
  • Oil pastels


  • Scissors


  1. Cut tape into different desired lengths for your canvas size.
  2. Place pieces of tape on the canvas into desired design. Free free to make chevrons, criss cross, parallel lines, or any design.
  3. Press the tape down firmly to make sure it is secure to the canvas.
  4. Color in the spaces on your canvas with oil pastel colors of your choice.
  5. Using your finger, smudge the oil pastels in each section. Make sure to wash your finger or use a different finger for each color.
  6. Remove the tape and enjoy your design!


You can do this with watercolor paint or acrylic paint. Make sure the paint dries for 2-3 minutes before removing the tape if using paint.

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By on May 4th, 2020

About Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah. The voice behind Feast for a Fraction. I've been a penny-pincher all my life, but still have a taste for nice things. I'm here to show you that you can eat (and live) well on a budget. From recipes and DIY tips to ways to make extra money, we'll be in control of our budgets together!

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