The beauty of this crayon resist watercolor art project is in the simplicity. The supplies are basic staples, the process is fun, and the end result is quite pretty!
Most little kids adore the game peek-a-boo. It’s their first taste of magic. This crayon resist watercolor activity feels a bit like peek-a-boo using art supplies! Try it with your kids (little and big) today!
STEAM Activities: Science And Crayon Resist Watercolor Art
We all know STEM and how important it is to help our kids learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! The crazy thing is, educators started realizing that creativity plays a bigger than expected role in being successful in those lofty subjects.
And thus, the new kid on the block, STEAM arrived! Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Mathematics go hand in hand. It’s amazing to see it in action, and this crayon resist watercolor art activity is one fun way to incorporate these subjects for your child!
Grab some white paper, a white crayon, watercolor paints, water, and your favorite brushes. Choo-choo, the STEAM engine is about to leave the station (yeah, pun intended 😉)! Let’s do this!
How To Create Crayon Resist Watercolor Art
Start with a white piece of paper. You can use cardstock or plain printer paper, but use white for best results!
Draw on the white piece of paper with the white crayon. You won’t really be able to see what is being drawn, so pay attention and encourage your child to do the same! BONUS IDEA: Try using different colored crayons + different colored paper and see what results you get!
Crayon resist watercolor art is definitely process-oriented so really, it’s okay if they just want to scribble some lines the first time. I have a feeling they’ll want to do this project more than once!
Once your child is done drawing on the paper, ask them what they think might happen if you add watercolors to the paper! Hypothesize! Then have them use watercolors to cover the page with paint.
Let the creativity flow for STEAM activities
Make it themed, or don’t! It could be completely abstract. For our project, we used watercolors in a way that was consistent with the theme of what was drawn- fish underwater and painting a moon that goes with the phrase I wrote.
Just get creative and let your child’s ideas run free! 😎 Well, maybe not all of their ideas.. the ones about wearing underwear on their head at the store instead of a face covering might need to be reined in. ANYWAYS…
One of the fun things about crayon resist watercolor art is that young children can enjoy doing it alongside their older siblings! If kids are big enough to wield a crayon and paint brush, they can do this activity. It’s a good art project for varying ages!
Be sure to chat about if their hypothesis ended up being correct or not:
- What happened when the wax and watercolors went on the same piece of paper?
- Do you get the same result with different colors or crayons and paper?
- What about if you use watercolors first and crayons after?
How Does Crayon Resister Watercolor Art Work?
The crayon wax from the first step is waterproof. Watercolor paint does not transfer to the wax, but it will soak into the paper. That means when the paint is spread over the whole page, it slides off of the crayon markings and that part shows through white.
The fun part about using a white crayon on white paper is that it makes for fun hidden messages! Write a little note to your child and ask them to paint over it and reveal the message. It really makes kids happy!
Have fun with this one. Grab a huge stack of paper and get started- kids are going to want to do this over and over again!
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