I love using watercolor to paint with my boys. There’s just so many ways to use it and I just love the way it looks. One of our favorite things to do is experiment with different watercolor resist techniques. Since it’s winter we decided to show some fun ways to use watercolor resist techniques with kids for winter crafting!
Watercolor Resist Techniques for Kids – Winter Edition!
We just use basic kid’s watercolor paint and watercolor paper – nothing fancy! When in a pinch, we’ve even used watered down crayola paint and regular printer paper.
For most of these, we found that watery watercolor works best.
White Crayon Watercolor Resist
This one uses a simple white crayon and is super fun. We like to use it to reveal surprise pictures, secret messages, or practice vocabulary like we did in our Friendship Ice Cream craft.
To use a crayon for a resist, simply draw a design onto white paper with a white crayon. Try looking at the paper at different angles if it’s difficult to see.
Here I drew some quick snowflakes and asked my son to guess what I drew as he painted.
Next I scribbled some skinny trees for him to paint.
Wax Paper Watercolor Resist
*Adult help is required for this one because of the hot iron.
Use wax paper to make interesting resist designs!
My son crumpled wax paper up into a ball until he was satisfied with it, and then we spread it out onto our watercolor paper.
I placed the paper and wax paper on top of a thin dish towel and placed another one on top to protect the ironing table and iron from the wax. Be sure to use towels you don’t mind possibly getting wax on. You can also use paper towels.
I then ironed over the towel, wax paper, and paper “sandwich” to press the wax onto the paper. I knew it worked when I saw something like this on the paper:
Now it’s time to watercolor! I think this looks almost icy:
School Glue Wax Paper Resist
If your child enjoys squeezing school glue from the glue bottle as much as mine, this one will be a hit.
First, squeeze a design onto the paper and let dry completely.
When it’s dry, simply watercolor over it. Sometimes we wipe the watercolor off on top of the glue if it sticks.
I thought the swirls looked like winter wind!
Tape Watercolor Resist
My boys love taping things just for fun. I also enjoy it because I know that peeling and sticking tape is a great motor skill activity.
I found that masking tape works best because it pulls up easily.
This watercolor resist technique is simple. Just stick tape onto the paper to make a design, and then watercolor over it.
After it’s completely dry, pull up the tape to reveal your design. Here we crisscrossed the tape, but I think this method would make a great snowflake.
Have you created anything using these watercolor resist techniques? Or have you experimented with any others? Which new method are you going to try?
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