Looking for an easy Easter craft to do with a preschool class, daycare, or with a very young child? With paper, crayons, and paint, make a sweet and simple Easter egg card this spring!
What is Crayon Resist Painting?
Crayon resist painting is a fancy term for a painting technique that is similar to batik.
Crayon marks create a coating of wax over a part of the paper. When a light coat of tempera paint is applied on top, the paint “resists” the wax coating. The wax peeks through the paint, and the wax pattern comes through. Crayon resist is a fun way to introduce the idea of waterproofing to small children. It’s also a good way to begin a unit on detectives, because a coat of white crayon acts like invisible ink until the child paints on top of it.
Materials to Collect to Make the Spring Egg Card
Purchase some thin white card paper. It is easier for children to use crayons on card, though it is possible to use printer paper. Cut the card in half. On each side, trace an oval Easter egg shape with a pencil.
Find some Easter-themed scrapbooking paper or some bright or pastel construction paper. Fold the paper in half like a birthday card. Make sure that the Easter egg shape will fit on the front part of the card.
Get some masking tape to use to stick the paper to the table. Masking tape will come off the back of the paper easily. Try not to use clear tape because this will stick to the paper and tear it.
Purchase some tempera paints in primary colors or pastels. Ideally, dilute the tempera paint before using it to do the painting. Thick paint will mask the crayon patterns and stop the crayon resist from working. Experiment with the amount of paint needed to make the crayon show through the paint.
Find some packages of crayons and remove the white crayons from the packages. Although it is possible to do crayon resist with any color of crayon, it has the most visual impact if it is done with a light color such as white or pale yellow.
Feeling inspired? Make up some stencils with different Easter egg patterns – swirls, checks, and lines of various sorts. Or simply let the children’s imaginations run wild!
How to Make an Easter Card Using Crayon Resist Painting
Choose a table that can get paint on it, or cover it with a cloth. Using the masking tape, secure the white card with the Easter egg shape to a tabletop.Show the children examples of different Ukrainian Easter eggs and simple patterns such as zig zags and swirls. Give each child a white crayon and get her to create patterns on the egg.
Then give each child a cup of water, paint brush, and several colors of diluted tempera paint. Consider getting the children to practise on a black piece of paper first so that they understand the idea of a light layer of paint. Each child can then paint the egg and watch the crayon parts come through! Concerned that the children will put a heavy coat of paint on the egg? If so, get them to color with slightly darker crayon colors. That way, the crayon will show through the paint.
When the painting is finished, dry the Easter egg and cut it to size. Paste it on the front of the card, and enjoy this special Easter decoration, card, or gift!