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Val’s Crafty Corner: Watercolor-Resist Paintings

2012-11-25 by Valerie Deneen
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This idea for creative fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.

Enjoy some painting fun with your kids!

Does your child love to paint? Have you tried watercolor resist paintings before? Are you ready to combine beautiful Autumn leaves with colorful works of art?? Then this Autumn leaf watercolor resist painting project is for you!

watercolor collage

To make your own, you will need a sheet of thick paper, some crayons, watercolor paints and a paint brush. Begin by layering some leaves underneath the paper, and invite your child over to create leaf rubbings with the crayons. We found that our Melissa & Doug crayons are ideal for this because they are free from paper wrappers and the flat edges make leaf rubbings easy! Your child may want to experiment with several different colors on the page.

girl crafting

Next, it’s time to paint! Using watercolor paints, encourage your child to paint on top of their leaf rubbing design. My daughter was quite surprised to see what happened when the watercolor paint came into contact with the crayon! I love how she was so happy to try a new painting technique, and thoroughly enjoyed the process!

leaf craft

These watercolor resist paintings could easily be made into cards, bookmarks, or other handmade gifts. They could also be framed and put on display in your home!


Don’t be surprised if your child asks to make several of these paintings. My daughter has made five… and counting!

leaf crafting

Have fun!!


Valerie Deneen

Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.

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