DIY Vampire Art: Create Your Own Fangtastic Watercolor Resist

Today I’m going to show my artsy vampire fans how to do a vamptastic watercolor resist. A stunning piece of art created by you for you! Here’s a super quick example I made below (minus drying time, it took 5 minutes).


You can do this too! But you can write out your favorite vampire quote from a book, movie, show… etc. (here is an excellent example of writing out a quote). It could be a line from Dracula or a novel by Anne Rice. A piece of vampire poetry! Any vampire quote! And it’s so fun and easy!

Watercolor resist how-to:

Watercolor paper: You will need paper (of course). The better the paper, the better the quality. You don’t have to spend a small fortune on the best watercolor paper out there, but I strongly suggest not buying the cheapest. I have had bad results with the super cheapy brands. You get what you pay for.

Watercolors and paint brushes: You can find watercolor paints and brushes at every craft store out there. Choose the ones you love the most.

There are three ways I have discovered to do a watercolor resist, by using either a white crayon, a white glaze pen (or colored if you choose), or by using rubber cement.

White crayon: The pros are that it’s very easy to use and you finally have a use for that totally useless white crayon. The con is that the resist doesn’t come out as smoothly and clearly as the pen or rubber cement. Also, piling lots of paint on the crayon ends up ruining the resist. If you use a crayon, all you have to do is write on the paper and lightly paint over. Easy!

Glaze pen: I am SO in love with these glaze pens. I would have done this vampire project with the pen, but I used it so often I ran out of ink. For an older example I did with the pen click here. The awesome thing about using these for resist is that it’s SO easy. It’s a pen, so writing is very easy, and it doesn’t require being careful. All you do is write, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and then paint over it.

Rubber cement (what I used above): Rubber cement smells VERY strongly, so open up a window before doing this one. I love using rubber cement! It comes off so cleanly and looks crisp and amazing. The bad thing about rubber cement (other than the smell) is that it’s not as easy to use as the other methods. If you are going to write with rubber cement for this project, you will need to put it in something to write with. It comes in a jar and you can’t write with a jar. I found a little squeeze bottle at the craft shop perfect for writing, I just filled it with the glue and set off.

Once you have your supplies, you carefully write out your quote with the rubber cement on the watercolor paper. When the cement is dry, start painting! Be creative, let yourself go wild. After the paint has completely dried, take your finger to the rubber cement and rub and rub. It will come off super easily. And that’s that.

And there you have it! Now it’s time to create! Feel free to ask me questions below and show me your creations once you’re done!

Happy creating!

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).

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