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.
Although watercolor resist is my favorite, the kids might argue for shaving cream marbling. But they love resists, too!
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
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.
(pictured clockwise from top left)
- Leaf rubbings + watercolor resist
- Oil pastel resist spiderwebs (on Let’s Lasso the Moon)
- Watercolor resist with crayons and a rainbow stained glass window
- Oil pastel resist butterflies
- Making and decorating paper twirlers (pictured at the top and bottom of the post)
2. Watercolor resist with melted crayons
Making the melted crayon art takes an extra step, but the results are gorgeous!
- Melting crayons on canvas with watercolors
- Melted crayon and watercolors on wood (DIY wood blocks)
- Watercolor resist with melted crayon shavings
- A stained glass bunting for the window
- Stained glass melts
3. Sticker & tape resist art
All kids love tape and stickers, so this watercolor resist technique is lots of fun.
- Tape resist skeleton paintings (You could do something like this with watercolor paints. But, admittedly we used a different kind of paint this time)
- Sticker resist :: art project for kids
- Watercolor resist with contact paper (on Kiwi Co. Corner)
- Sticker resist starry night cards
- A tape resist word banner
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 resist with colored glue (on Pink and Green Mama)
- Glue resist snowmen and snowflakes
- Art for Kids :: Glue resist (spiderwebs and jack-o-lanterns)
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. 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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