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How to Paint Snow with this Winter Painting Idea

by Jean Van't Hul
November 2, 2022
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How to paint snow using wax resist, watercolors, and salt. This is an easy and fun winter painting idea for kids.

Updated December 2022

There may not be snow on the ground yet, but that’s nothing a few art supplies and a vivid imagination can’t fix.

We use our favorite watercolor resist technique to create snowstorms on paper, build snowmen, and provide the proper atmosphere for our wintry art. Then we sprinkle a little salt on the wet watercolors to create a sparkly effect!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Winter Painting Idea



  1. Draw a snowy scene

    First draw a wintry scene using a white oil pastel or crayon. We drew snowmen and snowflakes. You can use other colors to add details to the scene. Be sure to press hard as you draw.

    drawing a snowman

  2. Add paint

    Once your drawings are finished, paint over them with liquid watercolors for a watercolor resist effect. We just used blue for a wintry sky. If you’d like, sprinkle salt over the wet paint as you go.

    painting over snowman

  3. Let dry

    Allow your paintings to dry overnight, then rub off the salt. The salt absorbs the liquid from the watercolor paint, leaving white spots in the painting that look remarkably like snow.

    sprinkling salt on wet paint

This was a fun and easy painting activity to do on a wintry day!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Do you have snow on the ground yet? Or do you have to use your imagination as well?

Winter Arts & Crafts Ideas

Download our FREE printable idea list of 31+ winter activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for winter!

And if you want even MORE Winter craft ideas, check out our Winter Art Activities Workshop at the Kids Art Spot, our kids’ art club. You’ll get 10 videos of fun Winter art activities PLUS 10 seasonal drawing prompts!

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