Teaching Crayon Resist

Suggested Grades



  • crayons
  • paper (experiment with other surfaces, eg. Easter eggs)
  • blue or black watercolour paint
  • brushes
  • paper/napkins for dabbing/absorbing excess paint


  • Using a crayon (yellow and white work best), draw the outline of an image on a piece of paper, pressing really hard.
  • Paint over entire paper with watercolours (must be quite diluted)- a good method is to paint in strokes from left to right, starting at the top of the page and working to the bottom.
  • Blot excess paint with paper or napkins.
  • Allow to dry.