Watercolor and Crayon Painting

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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • How are watercolors different from other paint?
  • Where do watercolors come from?
  • What are crayons made of?
  • Do you think crayons and watercolors will mix? Why?

Examine the watercolor paints and the crayons. What do you notice? Look at the different papers. How are they different from each other?

Imagine and Design:

  • What do you think you can paint with just the watercolors?
  • Did the papers get wet?
  • Why do you need to add water to the paint?
  • How will different amounts of water effect the color?
  • What do you think will happen when you use the paint and crayons together?

Get some paper, watercolor paints, water, and brushes. Experiment with the colors and what you can do with them. Now draw a picture with the crayons and color it in with the watercolors.

Test and Discuss:

  • Which paper worked the best? Why?
  • Was it hard to paint with the watercolors? Why?
  • What happened when you used the crayons?
  • Why did it work that way?
  • How would it work if you used just a white crayon?
  • Do thicker or thinner lines work better? Why do you think that?
  • What does that tell you about water and wax?
  • What other things do you think would work as resists?

Did You Know:

Water will cling to paper, but not to wax or oil. What other ways can you test that?

Extension Activity:

Use a white crayon or birthday candle to write a message or draw a picture on a piece of paper. Can you see it?  Now paint over the white crayon or candle marks with the watercolor paints (the less water you use, the easier it will be to see). Can you see it now? What happened?

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