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Watercolor Resist

What you need:

  • watercolor paint

  • paintbrush

  • place mat or table cloth/garbage bag

  • apron or painting clothes (optional)

  • damp cloth for cleaning hands

  • small jar of water

  • painter’s tape (optional)

  • watercolor paper (suggested)

  • white pastel or crayon



  1. Cover a surface with a large place mat or garbage bag

  2. Place paper on table (use painter’s tape to attach to mat, if you wish)

  3. Have a damp cloth and cleaning supplies close by

  4. Place paint, paint brush, water and oil pastel in tray or on table


First Presentation:

  1. “Today we are going to draw some lines.”

  2. “Here is a white pastel and paper.” 

  3. “Let’s draw.”

  4. Let your child draw on the paper

  5. “It’s hard to see the lines!  Let’s paint over and see what happens!”

  6. Put oil pastel to the side and hand your child the paint brush.

  7. “Let’s dip the brush in the water and then the paint tray.”

  8. “I am going to paint.  Oh, I can see some white lines”

  9. Pass the brush to your child.  “Your turn.”

  10. Let your child experiment.