As my children are on their Easter break from school I thought we ought to do a kids craft activity. Every day they get a little crafty with their felt pens and stickers, but when they get to use Mummy’s paint’s that’s a real treat. I decided to show them what happens when you use crayons (you could also use oil pastels) and watercolours!
When you draw a picture with wax crayons and then paint over the top with watercolours the crayon resists the paint so you can still see the pattern through. This is like magic for kids (and I find it quite fun too).
We started with a box of crayons and Mummy’s watercolour paints to share, plus a palette, water pot, paintbrushes, and white card each. They had two scraps of white card to try the techniques out on first, then a big A3 sheet of card each for a bigger picture:
This card is nothing fancy, just cheap white card. It will buckle after painting but will flatten out quite a bit if you stick it underneath something heavy once it’s dry!
They started on the scraps first, but you can’t tell my daughter to hurry for a practice piece, she wanted a perfect picture even on the small scrap. Cheeky Boy can’t do much except scribble and draw crosses / kisses:
Once they’ve drawn some marks with crayon it’s time to start painting. I showed them both how to use the watercolours and Little Miss managed on her own, but I did have to help my son get the consistency right for the paint – he kept doing it too dry so it wouldn’t spread, or too watery so it had hardly any colour. Once I helped him mix it he went crazy with the painting though:
He was smiling the whole time:
Little Miss had her concentrating face on though! This was when she’d moved onto her second scrap of card, where I’d encouraged her to scribble – she’d basically coloured in the flowers on the first scrap and not really tried out the resist effect of the crayons. So she tried it out here with white crayon as the resist:
Cheeky Boy moved onto his big piece of card and made lots of lovely swirls and marks with the crayon. At this point he was most interested in what colours we could make by mixing different hues together. Thumbs up for making purple:
Little Miss moved onto her big piece of card, but she was mostly colouring again. When she was using the resist she was painting along the crayon marks by following the lines rather than swooshing the paint across:
When she said she’d finished I showed her that she could put a lot of water onto the brush to swipe across the picture – to make the colours blend a bit more and fill up the white gaps for her page which she had fun with.
Here are their finished pictures:
This was a really easy activity that they were both able to try despite the age differences (they are 3 and 7 years old). It kept my daughter interested for longer but my son maybe had more fun as he was in his element making a mess! I had to keep reminding myself not to worry if they weren’t doing things how I expected – it’s more important for them to experiment and have fun, right?!
I’m thinking this was an introductory session and I will have a go again with more of a project in mind – maybe lots of squares with different patterns on to make a collage. There’s some more ideas for how to use this technique by other bloggers HERE, HERE, and HERE.
In the meantime I will experiment on my own too – here’s my quick attempt:
I did use this technique on a layout a few years ago (called Funny Faces – HERE), and now I’ve reminded myself about it I think I’ll be using it more often!
If you want more ways to use watercolours make sure you come back on Thursday (the 9th of April) when I’ll be sharing a process video for a watercolour card.
See you soon,
P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials Linky Party!