Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

This week I’ve been playing around with watercolor crayon resisting. In one of my elementary school art classes, we did this project: you color on white paper with neon or white crayons, watercolor over it, and the wax from the crayon works as a resistor so the colored parts remain white (or neon). My elementary school creation was super neat and was framed in my mom’s bathroom for years, so I thought I’d give grown-up versions a go and teach the kids to do it as well.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Problem is, it wasn’t working at first. We were using watercolor paper, and it just wasn’t really resisting very well. That’s totoally fine: my policy is that art projects that don’t work can be cut up to be used for scrapbooking or other projects later.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

I even doodled a version of my first project so Eliza could see what it looked like.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

We switched to regular cardstock and that worked out much better.

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

Even if we ran into trouble on our first round, the kids had a lot of fun painting layers of paper. Eliza made a tornado (like a true Midwesterner) and Jonas and I worked on a rainbow to improve his brush control.

I have the technique down now and I’m not sure if I’m going to try to do something awesome with it or if this playing around is enough.

Have you ever tried watercolor crayon resisting?


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 17 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye / 10: Spring Poems / 11: Getting the Garden Going / 12: Le Petite Prince Painting / 13: DIY Cleaning Supplies / 14: Picking Up the Violin Again / 15: Shaving Cream Marbling / 16: Water Marbling.