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How to Do Watercolor Crayon Resist on Canvas

by Jean Van't Hul
May 10, 2023
watercolor resist on canvas

Try watercolor crayon resist on canvas panels for kids. Watch crayons melt on a heated canvas for a vibrant piece of artwork.

Updated April 2023

This art project is a combination of some of our favorites. It is a union of melted crayon art and watercolor resist art.

If you haven’t tried melted crayon artwork out yet, this is a great way to try it, as the canvases don’t get too hot.

And watching the wax resist the watercolors is always such a cool effect to see!

watercolor resist art pin
Photo by Andrea Martelle

Watercolor Crayon Resist on Canvas

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  1. Heat your canvas panels in the oven

    We set ours on a baking sheet and put them in a 350 degree F oven for about 5 minutes at a time.

  2. Transfer your canvas panel to your work surface and draw on it with crayons

    Press down and draw slowly, to give the crayons a chance to melt as you draw on the hot canvas.

    drawing a butterfly on canvas

    When the canvas cools down and the crayon stops melting, pop the canvas back in the oven for a few minutes. Then continue drawing.

    drawing on canvas

    A few notes for success:
    — We protected our work surface from stray crayon marks with paper. You don’t really need to put down a towel or anything to protect it from the heat (as we do with melted crayon rocks or other melting crayon art) because the canvas panels don’t get too hot.

    — If you’re doing this on paper though, you’ll want to keep the paper on the hot cookie sheet, so you’ll need to protect the table with a towel. Or use a warming tray!

    drawing doodles on canvas

  3. Add watercolors!

    Paint over the melted crayon art with watercolor paints for a watercolor resist.

    adding paint to drawing

    Watch as the wax resists the watercolors and creates a gorgeous effect!

    watercolor crayon resist

Let dry and hang your new artwork up!

canvases with wax resist art
Photo by Andrea Martelle

We had a blast painting these canvases and ended up with some really beautiful and vibrant artwork. We definitely think you need to try this project out!

wax resist artwork
Photo by Andrea Martelle

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