6 watercolor resist techniques to try
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6 Amazing Watercolor Resist Techniques To Try With Kids


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.

6 watercolor resist techniques to try

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.

(pictured clockwise from top left)

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!

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

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6 watercolor resist techniques to try

6 Amazing Watercolor Resist Techniques To Try With Kids


  • Reply
    September 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Love all of these water colour resist ideas! I have just done the crayon and water colour pictures.. I am definitely going to be trying the other ideas you have given with my daughter! Can i link your blog on my page?

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    February 25, 2016 at 2:03 am

    These are awesome ideas! I’ve been trying to find an alternative to masking fluid for watercolor resist art. Thank you!

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      February 25, 2016 at 2:05 am

      Argh. Posted too soon!! Does the glue work similarly to masking fluid in that it can be peeled off? I don’t use canvas all that often, and the only time I’ve done a project like this it’s used masking tape. Thanks in advance!!

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        Jean Van't Hul
        February 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

        Regular glue can’t be peeled off, Leah, but rubber cement can.

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    March 25, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    So I gave this a shot! Elmer’s glue didn’t work, but the crayon worked very well :) I’m excited to try it again! I’m thinking it would make a great Mother’s Day gift for the little one’s grandmothers :)

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    January 20, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Which project is the one pictured at the beginning and end of the post? Thanks!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 29, 2019 at 6:11 am

      Hi Alisha,

      It’s paper twirlers we made using the watercolor resist technique for decoration. Aren’t they pretty?

      Here’s the link: https://artfulparent.com/paper-twirlers/ (I’m sorry it wasn’t there before. I just added it.)


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