Crayon Resist Art – Homemade Cards

Kids can create cool greeting cards using a crayon resist art process.  A white crayon and some watercolour paints are all you’ll need!

Crayon resist (or wax resis)t is a really cool art project for kids of all ages and a fun science activity as well.  Toddlers and preschoolers can easily do it, and even adults will have fun with a crayon resist project.  I sure did!

What is Crayon 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.  There are lots of other materials that you can use which will resist each other too!

Crayon Resist  Art - Thank You Cards for kids to make

Believe it or not, this is our first ever Crayon Resist Art project, 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 Crayon Resist Art:

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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