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6 Amazing Watercolor Resist Techniques To Try With Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
May 18, 2015

Watercolor resist techniques are fun for kids to explore! Here are 6 to try, including crayon resist, glue resist, sticker resist, wax resist, and more.

Watercolor paints are one of our favorite art materials partly because of how adaptable they are. There are so many techniques and so many different kinds of art activities to do with them!

Although watercolor resist is my favorite, the kids might argue for shaving cream marbling. But they love resists, too!

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques to Try

Today, I wanted to share six different watercolor resist techniques and 21 different watercolor resist art activities!

Please feel free to add more watercolor resist techniques in the comments if you think of others! You know I’ll give them a try!

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques to Do with Kids

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques - Crayons and Oil Pastels

1. Watercolor resist with crayons & oil pastels

This is the technique that we use the most often, because it’s the easiest, quickest, and most adaptable.

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6 Watercolor Resist Techniques - Melted Crayon

2. Watercolor resist with melted crayons

Making the melted crayon art takes an extra step, but the results are gorgeous!

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques - Sticker and Tape Resist

3. Sticker & tape resist art

All kids love tape and stickers, so this watercolor resist technique is lots of fun.

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques - Glue Resist Art

4. Glue resist art

Glue is so much fun to squeeze out as you draw pictures with it! And it resists the watercolor paint remarkably well.

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques - Rubber Cement and Masking Fluid

5. Watercolor resist with rubber cement or masking fluid 

Rubber cement and masking fluid are the ultimate resist materials, but a bit less kid friendly.

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques - Wax Paper Resist

6. Wax Paper Resist

Wax paper resist takes the same idea as crayon resist, but uses the clear wax from wax paper instead. I love the idea of crumpling it to create different textures!

  • Try wax paper resist (on Housing a Forest)

How about you? What are your favorite watercolor resist techniques? Do you know any others?

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