Handmade Thank You Cards with Wax Resist Paint Technique

Kids can create beautiful handmade Thank You cards using a wax resist art technique. A white crayon and some watercolour paints are all you’ll need!

Crayon resist (or wax resist) is a really cool art project for kids of all ages and it’s one of those fun science activities that kids of all ages love. Toddlers and preschoolers can easily do it, and even adults will have fun with a crayon resist project.

What is Wax Resist Art?

You’ve likely seen this process before.  Resist Art is a process in which you use two materials which resist or repel each other to create a piece of art.  We’re using a white crayon and water colours to create our art today, but you could use a wax candle in place of the crayon.

Crayon Resist  Art - Thank You Cards for kids to make

Believe it or not, this was our first time experimenting with wax resist, so I’m pretty excited to share it with you.

Crayon Resist thank you card painted by child

What mediums can you use to create Resist Art?

Dilly Dali Art made some awesome “initial art” for the girls’ rooms by melting coloured crayons over tape.

Mommy Labs is making some unique pillow covers using markers, tape and fabric .

And Inspiration Laboratories wrote a secret message and made some 3-D art with paint and glue.

crayon resist art with a white crayon and water colour paints

Like I said, we’re using watercolours and a white crayon to make our thank you cards today.  The process is easy, and the supply list is short.

Supplies for creating our handmade thank you cards:

liquid watercolours and a white crayon for creating resist art

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And now for the fun part!

It’s easy to make art with a white crayon and paint: 

We made a total of 4 cards today.  I got 2 cards out of one piece of white 8.5 x 11 card stock.  I simply cut the card stock in half to get two pieces.  Fold those pieces in half, and voila… two cards.

Now take your white crayon, and draw an image or write your words on your white paper.  You won’t really be able to see what you’re writing because of the white-on-white, which might make it a little challenging, but don’t worry about being perfect here.  The end result will be beautiful no matter what.

Homemade greeting cards with crayon resist art process.

Once my message was written, I added a couple of drops of each liquid watercolour into the sections of an ice cube tray.  I filled a couple of sections with water for the hooligans to wet and rinse their brushes in.

They dipped their brushes in the water and then in the watercolour, and then swiped them over the front of the card to reveal the message that I’d written!  How fun!  I can’t believe we waited this long to try resist painting!  It’s such a fascinating art process for kids of all ages, it’s easy to set up, and the results are beautiful!

4 Thank You Cards made with crayon resist art process

Looking for more easy, inexpensive art projects for kids?  How about:

Tape Resist Stained Glass Art

Bottle Top Stained Glass Painting

Homemade Doodle Art

Paper Towel Art

and be sure to check out our easy recipe for Homemade Watercolour Paints!

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  1. says

    Hi Jackie, thank you for the link love :-) and Happy New Year, my friend. it’s been such a long time. I’ve been off the blog for the past few months – pregnancy, travel etc. and eventually the little girl who’s come in my life! She’s two months old now and am totally loving this phase although it gets tiring as well…
    As I saw the pingback in my inbox today, I so felt like connecting with you. Best wishes, love and hugs…

  2. says

    Love this! What a great way to get the kiddos into writing thank you notes and showing gratitude. It’s been slow going over here with the thank you note writing. I’m going to have to work this in :-) Thanks for the idea.

  3. Lisa says

    Did this with my crew today – well the “big” ones :). Loved it! So fun and easy!
    We have done quite a few of your crafts, love them all!

    • happyhooligans says

      Glad you guys liked it, Lisa! I’ve become a little obsessed with the process myself. It’s safe to assume you’ll see more crayon resist posts from me in the next little while. :)

  4. Yvette says

    I Love this ………… so cute………….Awesome……..Much Mahalo for all your wonderful and awesome ideas.

    • happyhooligans says

      I’ve only tried it with the watercolours, Hannah. I’m not sure if oil or acrylics will resist the wax. Did you try googling it to see?

  5. says

    I love this idea. It is creative, inexpensive and the result is stunning.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  6. says

    I really love this idea. I am thinking of trying this method for Valentine’s Day cards.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  7. Elizabeth says

    Hannah , we did this with watered down acrylics. They worked, but I had to “polish” them by wiping off the dried paint from the resist letters and it was not as brilliant of a “resist”. Stick with nice, dilute watercolors if you can, better result for sure. My little fellow loved it tho, thanks for the great idea!

  8. says

    We combined Crayon Resist with Milk Art and the results were fantastic. 1. Create a “card” as above from watercolor paper but don’t fold it. 2. Write a message or draw a design with white crayon on the right-hand side of the paper. 3. Create some milk art – http://flutterflutter.ca/2012/03/17/spring-break-diy-milk-art/ 4. Gently lay your Crayon Resist “card” face down over the Milk Art and carefully lift it from the milk. The Milk Art design will transfer to the paper leaving the crayon message visible. 5. Let it dry and fold paper in half to create a card. 6. We mounted a photo inside with a Mother’s Day Greeting.

    Did this with my 3-year old granddaughter and she was sooooo proud of her creation.

  9. says

    Love this, can’t wait to try it out – I really can’t wait to see the reaction of my 3 year old to the image I will have drawn in white that he won’t know about! Very cool!!

  10. Rebecca Smith says

    I have tried this twice now, and it’s not working for me. What am I doing wrong? My message isn’t showing up or barely dies. I even colored extra layers of crayon this time. Help!

    • happyhooligans says

      I’m not sure, Rebecca. Maybe it’s the brand of crayon? Wax repels water, so as long as you’re using wax crayons and water-based paint, it should work. Sorry – I’m kind of stumped!

  11. Erica says

    Cute idea! I think I’m going to try this with my toddler, but to be more efficient (we have 20-30 cards to make), I might just do one or two designs and color copy it several times. :)

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