If you are planning on coloring Easter eggs with your kids this year, keep the protective table cloth out a little longer. Here’s another Easter art project for the whole family. This project uses a process called ‘crayon resist.’ Introducing your child to this unique procedure can lead to many surprising and creative results.
What You Need:
-Watercolor paper (or white construction paper)
-White or yellow crayon
What to Do:
1. Cover your kitchen or dining table with newspaper or art project table cloth.
2. Cut out different sized oval shapes. The smallest ones should be no smaller that the size of an actual egg.
3. Use a white crayon to make designs on your ovals. (Hint: If your child has a difficult time seeing the white crayon on white paper, then use a yellow crayon.) Wavy lines, zigzags, stars and circles all work well.
4. Use a wide brush to cover the ovals with watercolor. Use different colors for different eggs. Be sure to clean the brush before switching colors, or use a separate brush for each color.
5. Let the ovals dry. For deeper hues, apply a second coat of water color.
You can see that the areas where the crayon was used have an interesting result: these areas have resisted the watercolor. Give your child a chance to express her understanding of crayon resist by doing this art project more than once. Once your child catches on, you can use the same procedure for abstract art, pattern making, or for that matter—any picture your child would normally make. Have fun!