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Watercolor Snowflakes

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Use a watercolor resist method to make these great snowflakes that seem to magically appear when they’re painted!  Make a whole bunch and make a garland, or use them as gift  tags on presents!

 

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You’ll need

  • Heavyweight or watercolor paper
  • White pastel crayon, china marker, or oil pastel
  • Pencil
  • Watercolor paints, water and brushes
  • Scissors

 

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First, trace some circles on a sheet of paper. We used a cup.  You don’t need to cut them out yet – it’s a little easier to do that at the end!

 

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Use the white crayon to make snowflake designs.  You’ll just barely be able to see them, but don’t worry!  They’ll appear later.  Make as many or as few marks as you and your little snowmaker want to make.  Press hard and use lots of the crayon or pastel!  This will “resist” the water color later.

 

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When you’re all done with your designs, paint over them with blue paint (you could of course try out other colors too, but blue seemed the most appropriate for snowflakes.  Maybe you could try a whole rainbow!)

 

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As you paint over the circles, your snowflake designs will appear like magic!  When the paper is dry, cut out your circles and use them for holiday décor.  Fun!

 

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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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