Stars & Stripes Sticker Resist Painting

It’s been awhile since we did a sticker resist painting project, but I figured with the 4th of July approaching it was time!  We tried something a bit different with this project … watercolor spray paint!

We used a canvas, star stickers, liquid watercolor, and a spray bottle.  After my 3 year old daughter, Honor (aka Snow White), applied the stickers she sprayed blue liquid watercolor from a spray bottle (we used straight liquid watercolor; I did not dilute it with water).  This was a great strength training exercise for her little hands!


We did find that with the liquid the stickers did not stay adhered … but I was determined to turn this “craft fail” around.  I picked off the stickers that floated away and we waited for the blue spray paint to dry.

I then had her apply red spray paint.

I love how the liquid watercolor spray paint gave the look of fireworks falling from the sky!  It was pretty cool just like this … but once it was dry I removed all the star stickers.

It didn’t turn out exactly how I had planned … but is a neat subtle effect!  The final step was to place the letter stickers … “4th of July” and the American flag stickers!

 Quite patriotic if I do say so myself!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Beth

    What a fun project – perfect for the upcoming 4th!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great weekend,

  2. Karyn

    This is really fun! Love it.

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