White-Out Resist Painting

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White Out Resist Painting


Yesterday we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. We did not have any childcare for our daughter. I was just returning from being out for a full week after my gall bladder surgery & my husband could not take the day off either. We were not sure what we were going to do. My brother-in-law volunteered to take her, but would not be able to get her until the afternoon, so I asked my work if I could bring my daughter to work for a few hours in the morning. They said “No problem”, so Mai came to work with me.

Just like most 3 year olds, she was curious about things. She wanted to play with my pens & highlighters, even though she had her own box of crayons with her. She also found my stash of White-out.

“Mama what is this?”

“That’s White-out, baby?”


I explained to her what it was & she wanted to play with it. Of course I did not want my office covered in a White-out mess, nor did I think that my boss would enjoy it, so I told her that I would show it to her later at home.

Not only did Mai get to play with White-out when we got home, we made an art project out of it. I showed her how to use the White-out applicator just like a paint brush.  I told her that if she painted the White-out onto the paper, she could paint over it later & the White-out would make her paint look invisible. She was very excited to try this

White-out is messy, so put something down to protect the surface that you are working on. You can make a design for your child or let them make one of their own.

Use the White-out applicator to paint a design onto a piece of paper & let it dry.

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Use water colors to paint over your design. Markers work well too.

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My daughter got so excited when she saw her design peeking out from under her paint.


She painted two pictures & mommy made one too.

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