Ever since I tried my hand at watercolor painting with my Pointillism Art/ West Elm Dupe video, I’ve wanted to try it again but with a different technique. I’ve been poking around Pinterest, looking for beginner projects I could pull off without needing talent. I’m crafty more so than artistic, ya know? One day while scrolling through, I spotted this pretty deer silhouette art from ladymerewen of Tumblr and I instantly thought “bunny silhouette!” And so the Watercolor Resist Bunny Painting idea was born. I knew I had a bunch of gorgeous Martha Stewart watercolor paints that would work perfectly for Spring pastels and bunnies are perfect for Spring, too. Then I researched how to do the technique used and found a very helpful tutorial for using resist or masking fluid by Erica Lancaster. After that, I just jumped right in brush first.
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Watercolor Resist Bunny Painting Materials
- 8″ x 10″ Watercolor Paper
- Pastel Watercolor Paints
- Watercolor Brushes
- Paint Tray
- Fine Tip Resist Pen
- Bunny Silhouette Stencil OR
- Cut One on Paper with Cutting Machine OR
- Print One and Cut it Out Yourself
- White Eraser
- 8″ x 10″ Frame
Watercolor Resist Bunny Painting Steps
1: If you don’t have a bunny silhouette stencil to use, you can cut one using your cutting machine. It doesn’t matter how you get the stencil, you’re just using it as a guide to draw around with the pencil and resist fluid. Size it to suit your taste.
2: Place the bunny stencil where you’d like it positioned on the watercolor paper. Trace around the outside shape of the bunny silhouette very lightly with a pencil. Remove the stencil then trace over your pencil mark with the resist/ masking pen, trying to stay as straight as possible. Let this dry completely before moving on to the paint.
3: While that’s drying. mix your paints with a little bit of water in the paint pallet. With Martha’s paints, it only takes a little bit of paint to get a vibrant color. If you run out of a color, it’s easy to mix more and with this project, you don’t need to match the shade exactly. I recommend testing out the colors on a scrap piece of watercolor paper.
4: You can paint the colors in any pattern you like. For my first attempt, I chose to do a sort of ombre-esque darker to lighter thing. I worked with one color at a time and started at the top with the lightest colors, blending them a bit where the colors meet. Nope.
On my second attempt, I switched a couple of the colors and painted the darkest around the stencil then worked my way out to the edge in rainbow color order. Nopity nope.
And then finally I was happy with mixing two of my blues together and just doing all one color. Ahhh, much better. I’ll need to practice and research more on how to mix and blend different colors.
5: Let the paint dry completely and then peel off the dried masking fluid from the painting. This part is fun and the stuff becomes really stretchy. Be sure to erase any remaining pencil marks with a white eraser.
6: Place your painting into a frame. Don’t forget to clean the front and back of the glass before inserting your art. Those store frames always seem so dirty and dusty.
That’s it! I had a lot of fun experimenting with that masking medium. I have a bunch more ideas on how I can use it, too. This Watercolor Resist Bunny Painting turned out even better than I had hoped (eventually, lol) and I definitely would like to make another silhouette shape once I get better at blending. In the meantime, this cute bunny will fit in perfectly with my Easter and Spring decor. So have you ever tried this painting technique?
If you’re interested in learning more about watercolor painting and would love to see even more inspiration for a project, be sure to check out Favecrafts. They have endless ideas and tutorials covering far more than just Easter.
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18 thoughts on “Watercolor Resist Bunny Painting”
Super cute and well within my painting skill set, hahaha. Thanks for a lovely project idea!
Love your bunny artwork. Never heard of that resist glue. It sure seems a handy little craft supply. I will see if I can get it in Germany, too.
This is such a pretty and fun spring decoration! My mom paints with watercolors and I grew up experimenting with them. Using resists and washes was the extent of my skills! She lives too far away for me to go snag supplies, I guess I’ll have to finally get my own!
I love this! Such an easy and sweet project for Easter!
Wow, my youngest daughter is by my side right now and we are so excited about this!! We need to do some shopping to give it a try. Pinning!
I love bunnies and your resist water color painting is adorable! I’ve just recently begun Bible Illustrating. This would work so well with an idea I have for Philippians! Thank you for including the the different colors and methods you tried. Don’t you love how one technique can be used so many ways?! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
pinning for Bible Illustrating! 😉
I’ve never been much of an artist but your tutorial makes it look easy enough, even for me! Very pretty!
I love watercolor paint! I am an artist and art teacher. Here is a little tip for color mixing that I tell my students. Stick to colors next to each other on the color wheel (red, orange, yellow) etc.
Okay, this just added another project I need to try and another craft item (resist pen) to buy 🙂 Love this fun art project.
Your bunny looks adorable! What a cool technique using resist! Haven’t heard of this before! I’ll have to look further into this! Thanks for sharing!
I just learned something new to me because I have never heard of resist. Very interesting. Your blue bunny turned out really pretty. It was nice of you to share the other attempts as well because it helped me see the process. I shall have to try this!
Very cute! I love your pretty bunny art! Who doesn’t need some bunny? 🙂
How very sweet and adorable!
Fun! I’ve never tried using the resist medium. My gears are turning now. I love how you shared multiple attempts and not just the final product. 🙂
Very cool! I have some masking fluid, but I haven’t used it yet. I might have to give it a try. Love the cute bunny.
Such a sweet little bunny! We used to use rubber cement as a resist in water colors but it was so hard to control and nearly impossible to get into small spaces. I’m going to have to look for that resist pen. My boys love “easy” art projects like this that they feel safe doing. Pinned.
I’ve never tried something like this, but now I want to! This is perfect for spring and it looks awesome. What a neat technique.
Your bunny is very sweet, I love that you shared your not so good versions too, just to give us all ideas.
I remember using some sort of resist medium way back when I did art at school but I can’t for the life of me remember what I used it for, I do remember what fun it was to peel off though!