Sep 13, 2010

Snowflake Resist Watercolor Grid

I was looking for a quick and colorful project for an upcoming holiday art fundraiser. I think this might work well for all skill levels involved as the drawing is made on one sheet of watercolor paper, then cut into panels, painted, and taped back together.
1. I started with a sheet of 8" x 10.5" sheet of watercolor paper. I used a ruler to measure and find the center point on all four sides, and then connected the points with a pencil to make four panels. A small number 1, 2, 3 and 4 was written in the top right corner to help match the panels later on.
2. Using a white crayon, I drew lots of snowflakes, taking care to have some large and some small, and some overlapping the panels. I like to make a large “X” and then add a horizontal line to form a six-sided frame, and then added circles and arrows to decorate. Pressure is needed to make sure that thick, white lines are drawn with the crayon.
3. I used scissors to carefully cut the four panels apart. My Crayola Watercolor Mixing Set® was my paint choice again. I used a different color on each panel and let dry.
4. I lined up the four panels to match their original layout, and taped from behind. Mounting on a white 8.5" x 11" paper would look nice too.


Angel said...

Love this idea, but as I was looking at it I thought, "How do you keep them from painting out of the panel?" Then I read that you cut them apart and put them back together. Of course! I am going to try this with the kids at church, and the fall leaf one too.
Thank you!

Nicole said...

I tried taping off the four sections, which cut down on paint spills. I took a piece of scotch tape, ran it the length and then cross of the paper, let them paint one square, then after that dried, moved the tape, they did the next section ..... it made for a fun activity that was an ongoing project on the counter.

Deb Chitwood said...

What a beautiful art project! I love that it can be adapted for many ages as well. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

Heather said...

We did this last night and it was fun. Our white snowflakes didn't show up as well as yours. We used Reeves Watercolor set. But the panels are still very pretty. We taped them to a window and they look great!

Bonita said...

Just letting you know I linked to this post in my Snowflake Unit Study.