Nov 30, 2009

Watercolor Resist Snowflakes

Here's a simple crayon and watercolor painting idea that was inspired by an illustration on a stock art website.
1. As the students will first need to draw with a white crayon on white paper, I've found it helpful to trace 9 large circles very lightly in pencil to use as a guide. As a starting point, I encouraged the students to make an "X" in the middle of each circle, and then a horizontal line through the middle so their flake will have 6 legs. After that, they may add dots or arrows to each, but they must press very hard and draw slowly to leave a lot of crayon on the paper.
2. Once you are certain that there is a snoflake drawn in the middle of each circle, pass out lots of liquid watercolors. When the students fill in each pencil circle with paint, the snowflake will "magically" appear. A simple project with beautiful results, I think.

10 comments:

LisaPV said...

Great blog. I love kids projects, especially if they keep my 3 & 5 year old busy for more than 5 minutes. I have been putting some on my blog as well. Im also starting substituting in the fall so i will use this a resource. Thanks.

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

I'm going to get the kidz to have a go at this on the weekend.

Sounds really simple, but looks sooo effective. Thanks, I'll definitely be back again, Kathy! :)

The Boisverts said...

A homeschool Mom of 3 and a friend referred this site to me...LOVE LOVE LOVE it! My oldest son, 6.5yrs, today did this snowflake idea (loving it; he's finishing right now), and he also did the cat drawing and colored it in with pastels. My 3 year old even did the cat! I'm sooooo excited about this site; thanks so much for sharing these great ideas!!!

Yvonne said...

So beautiful!!! I think my son is still to little yet to draw snowflakes, but we can try with little stars or I will make the flakes, anyway it will be a great to make them visible by watercolors. Another inspiring idea, thank you for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

I teach after school art classes at an elementary school that has had huge budget cuts. You have so many great ideas. I was planning on doing a crayon/watercolor resist with my kids and this might be perfect! Thanks for your creativity and great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Fun way to connect with Kandinsky's cirlce paintings, too!

Jonelle Bell said...

Thanks for the inspiration!!
Jonelle
A Place Called Kindergarten

Kellie said...

lovely. thank you!!!

Sara Caswell said...

Does it matter what kind of paper you use? Is regular printer paper okay, or should I use cardstock?

Kathy Barbro said...

HI Sara,

Sorry, but I've never gotten great results with watercolor on copy paper or card stock. The best replacement that I know for real watercolor paper is the Strathmore Drawing paper that is pretty cheap. It's thin yet “crisp“ so it doesn't get soggy and soft with the painting.