Paint Resist Rainbow Fish

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This Paint Resist Rainbow Fish was inspired by our DIY Paper Plate Fish craft that used cupcake liners and watercolors to create an adorable scaled fish! I wanted to use that same concept again, but on a larger scale. So we are breaking out our watercolors to make a paint resist fish that can be hung in your window or held up to the light for a beautiful color show!

Paint Resist Rainbow Fish (3)

What You’ll Need:

  • Coffee Filter
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Tape
  • White Glue
  • Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors


To start off, I taped our coffee filter down on a piece of paper to ensure that it wouldn’t move around and the glue wouldn’t make a mess. You can always use a cookie sheet or a place mat for easy clean up as well! Once the filter was taped down I gave my son the white glue and let him squeeze patterns all over the liner. We let that dry overnight.

Paint Resist Rainbow Fish

The next day, we mixed a few watercolor paints together – we really wanted our colors to be vibrant so we used a very healthy amount of watercolor paint with only a small amount of water. I recommend using either all cool colors or all warm colors to prevent your fish from looking muddy.

Paint Resist Rainbow Fish

The next step was to allow little G to take his paint brush and go to town! I held the paints in my hand to prevent a lot of dripping and to make sure that they didn’t spill. I also made sure to help turn the fish and swap out colors whenever I felt it was needed.

Paint Resist Rainbow Fish

We had a BLAST painting this and I was so impressed with my toddler’s skills. We let this hang up to dry so that the extra paint would drip off and the paper wouldn’t stick to the counter when we went back for it.

Once we felt that our filter was ready to be handled we carefully peeled it off of the surface it was taped to. Then we cut out a heart and used it for the fish’s tail (just place the pointy tip in towards the body of your fish and glue), we added some lips using the same heart method, and attached a googly eye!

Paint Resist Rainbow Fish

Don’t you think this is super cute? We love the way the glue resisted (and in some places absorbed) the watercolor paint – it makes for some awesome textures and patterns! There are so many ocean-life crafts hanging on our art wall  right now and it’s been so cool to see how differently they’ve all turn out.

Have you ever done a craft with a coffee filter? How did that turn out for you? Let us know in the comments below and then head over to our Facebook page where you can post pictures of your finished Paint Resist Rainbow Fish!

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