Kensie Kate

Happy, colorful design & hand lettering

DIY Resist Art


I've been playing with resist art for a few weeks now. I wanted to incorporate it into my graphic design application somehow so I've been testing white crayons, white colored pencils, embossing powder, and stencils. After much trial and error, I came up with a quick and easy way to create resist art.

I used plain white cardstock cut into 4 pieces. The paper tends to curl up when sprayed, so it's a good idea to use some binder clips to attach the paper to something rigid like chipboard to keep the paper flat. I used a Martha Stewart glue pen that I got at Michael's.

Write your design with the glue pen and allow it to dry for about 30 seconds. My pen has blue glue, so I waited for the glue to turn clear before continuing. I used Mister Huey's spray ink and sprayed each design a couple of times. After the paper absorbs the ink, some ink will remain beaded up on the glued areas. I used a paper towel to wipe the ink off of the glue and voila!

For my portfolio, I included some intricate designs that I didn't feel comfortable freehanding. I used this same method on freezer paper. It is thin enough that I was able to sketch out my design and then trace it with then trace it with the glue pen. Just make sure to use the side that isn't shiny. When it was dry, I wrapped the freezer paper around a piece of chipboard. This is how I made the bigger blue piece in the middle of the first picture.