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.
Now, we’ve used crayons to make some pretty cool art in the past, like our “Starry Night” melted crayon art, for example.
Believe it or not though, this was our first time experimenting with crayons for a wax resist project, so I’m pretty excited to share it with you.
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.
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:
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- Watercolour paints (we used Liquid Watercolors)
- white crayon
- watercolour paper, white card stock or blank gift cards (I pick these up at Michael’s when they’re on sale)
- small cups or ice cube tray
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.
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!
You can use this process to send secret messages to people too! Check out these hidden message Valentine’s by Crafts by Amanda!
And even easier, there are these printable Thank You card by Today’s Creative Life.
Looking for more easy, inexpensive art projects for kids? How about:
and be sure to check out our easy recipe for Homemade Watercolour Paints!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.