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Rubber Cement Art Ideas for Kids


A rubber cement painting
Photo © Apryl Duncan
Create works of art that make the youngest child an artiste without having to worry about staying within the lines. No two projects turn out the same, which makes this art idea one you can enjoy with the kids over and over again.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 45 minutes, including drying time

Here's How:

  1. In a well-ventilated room, hold a rubber cement brush above a sheet of paper and move it all around to form squiggles, circles and other shapes with the rubber cement. Be careful not to touch the paper with the brush. Just let the rubber cement flow onto the paper.
  2. Wait for the rubber cement to dry completely.
  3. Use markers, crayons or watercolors to fill in all of the white space on the page. You don't have to worry about staying within the lines. The rubber cement takes care of that for you.
  4. Let your artwork dry completely.
  5. Peel the rubber cement off of the paper. Masterpiece!


  1. Children as young as two can enjoy this project with an adult's help.
  2. For a twist on this project, cover the white space with glue instead of paint, marker or crayon. Sprinkle glitter on top of the glue and allow to dry before removing the rubber cement.

What You Need

  • Paper
  • Rubber Cement
  • Markers, Crayons or Watercolors
  • Paintbrush (if using paint)
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