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6 Watercolor Resist Techniques for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
January 1, 2022
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Watercolor resist techniques are so much fun for kids to explore! Here are 6 of our favorites, plus even more watercolor resist art activities.

Updated March 2022

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!

Watercolor resist art activities might just be our favorite way to use watercolors, though. And if you are looking for our top picks for watercolor paints, be sure to visit our list of the best paints for kids!

Here are six different watercolor resist techniques and quite a few different watercolor resist art activities to try!

6 Watercolor Resist Techniques

watercolor resist
Photo by Andrea Martelle

1. Watercolor Resist with Crayons and Oil Pastels

This is the technique that we use the most often, because it’s the easiest, quickest, and most adaptable. Simply draw on paper with crayons or oil pastels, and then paint over with watercolors and watch as the paint resists the wax!

Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Watercolor Resist with Melted Crayons

This technique takes the wax resist a step further by using a warm surface to melt the crayons first. The results are gorgeous!

starry night cards
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3. Sticker & Tape Resist Art

All kids love tape and stickers, so this watercolor resist technique is lots of fun. Use tape or stickers (or both!) to create an image, paint over the entire page, then remove the stickers to reveal a lovely silhouette!

watercolor glue resist snowman
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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.

Watercolor Butterflies with Rubbing Alcohol
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

5. Rubbing Alcohol Resist

We don’t use this technique as much as the others, but rubbing alcohol has such a dramatic effect on the wet watercolor paint, repelling it and leaving a perfect, lighter circle wherever we drop it. It’s mesmerizing!

rubber cement resist
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

6. Watercolor Resist with Rubber Cement or Masking Fluid 

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

How about you? What are your favorite watercolor resist techniques?

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