Watercolor resist techniques are so much fun for kids to explore! Here are 5 easy watercolor ideas using resist art.
Updated July 2023
Watercolor resist art activities might just be our favorite way to use watercolors, though.
Here are five different watercolor resist techniques and quite a few different watercolor resist art activities to try! And if you are looking for our top picks for watercolor paints, be sure to visit our list of the best paints for kids!
5 Watercolor Resist Techniques
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!
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! We love this technique to make starry skies!
Glue is so much fun to squeeze out as you draw pictures with it! And it resists the watercolor paint remarkably well. You can do this with white glue or dye your glue black to make a stained-glass effect!
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!
How about you? What are your favorite watercolor resist techniques?
More Watercolor Art Activities for Kids
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- 12 Watercolor Art Ideas for Kids (with a Printable Guide!)
- How to Make Geometric Watercolor Art
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