These Winter Watercolor Resist Paintings are festive and fun to try with kids at home or in your classroom! Young students can complete this with very little help from grown ups. The trick is to use masking tape to create tree trunks and star stickers to make a night sky.
A little salt can have a neat effect on the watercolor paint as well. Students can add as many or as few trees as they would like, and can experiment with blending paint colors to create unique works of art!
Winter Watercolor Resist Paintings
First, gather your materials.
Invite students to use masking tape across the watercolor paper to form the birch trees. The trees can be slanted slightly for a more natural look.
Be sure to press firmly on the edges of the tape. Add star stickers onto the watercolor paper as desired (press them down firmly).
Next, add the watercolor background. Since this is a Winter scene, you may want to suggest that students try using cool colors such as various shades of blue and purple.
While the paint is still wet, try sprinkling a bit of salt on top. This can create an interesting starry night effect when the salt picks up the paint.
Allow the paint to dry completely. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel the masking tape to reveal the birch tree trunks!
Peel away the star stickers as well, and brush off the salt into a garbage can.
Lastly, use crayons or oil pastels to outline the trees, and draw on the bark.
Optional — use the opposite end of a paint brush dipped in white paint to create dots of snow! Have fun creating!