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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Art for Kids: Winter Watercolor and Crayon Resist Project with Salt Special Effects (video tutorial)

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This art project is perfect for kids (and parents!) of all ages. Not only is it a ton of fun, but the final results are pretty impressive. This is what you might call a “process” project. Kids will learn about resist and some of the unique properties of watercolor paints and salt. This is great to do with a group, whether with your homeschool co-op, after school group, or even your family.

Winter Watercolor and Crayon Resist with Salt Magic

Watercolor painting with crayon resist and salt magic video tutorial for kids at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


About 1/2 hour or so hands-on

Note: You will need to wait until it is completely dry before you can brush off the salt and reveal the final painting. That may take an hour or two, or it may take a day (depending upon how wet your paintings are and the relative humidity). If you are in a super hurry, you might carefully dry them with a blow dryer on a low setting.

Supply List:

  • Crayons (regular or beeswax both work)
  • Watercolor Paper (140lb. recommended)
  • Watercolor Paints (any brand WILL work, Prang was used for the video, Crayola is another good choice)
  • Watercolor Wash or Flat Brush (3/4” wide or wider)
  • Small Sponge (optional)
  • Salt (coarse sea salt, table salt, Kosher salt, or a combination will all work)
  • 2 Water Bowls or Cups (one clean, one for cleaning your brush)
  • Paper Towel
  • Something to Protect Your Worksurface

Printable Supply list here.

Watercolor painting with crayon resist and salt magic for kids

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Watercolor painting with crayon resist and salt magic video tutorial for kids and parents

Without further ado, here is the full project tutorial:

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