Dec 18, 2012

Toddler Art Class: Crayon "Snowflakes"

Snowflakes drawn in white crayon magically appear with watercolor paint!

Art Project:Crayon Snowflakes
white crayons (I also included gray and silver, just for experimenting with)
white watercolor paper (or other heavy-weight paper)
liquid watercolors (purchased or homemade--see instructions below)
paper towels or rags for catching spills

 cover art All the world / Scanlon, Elizabeth Garton   
( a book about snowflakes would have also worked well, but I love this book and wanted to share it with the group.  We talked about how their white drawings could be snowflakes or clouds or stars or anything else they wanted it to be!)


Prep:  If you do not have commercially-made liquid watercolors, they are very easy to make.  Simply find some dried-out washable markers, remove their inner core and soak the cores in water overnight.  More complete instructions available here.

 What Kids Do: --pass out the white crayons and watercolor paper first and let them work with just those for a few minutes before passing out the paint.  Let kids color all over their paper.
 Then, paint, paint, paint!

your hands might turn blue.
and you might need to fill both sides of your paper.  completely.

Hindsight Tip:  I found that if you paint over the crayon once, it shows up really well.  If kids put layer after layer of paint on top of the crayon, it will begin to lose its ability to act as a "resist" and the whole page will just be blue (or whatever color your paint is).  If you're feeling more product-oriented, be sure to have LOTS of paper on hand so that when they're done with the first one, they can do MORE instead of having to keep working over and over on the same page.

 Variations to try: 
--Try this with a whole rainbow of crayon colors.  Or try red crayon on red paper or yellow crayon on yellow paper!

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