Here’s an Easter art project for children that uses fun and easy water color techniques to make a colorful cross picture for cards or framing.
The cross design reminds us that on Good Friday, Christ died for us so our sins can be forgiven, and we can become part of God’s family.
So let’s get started!
- Watercolor paints, brushes, and small containers to hold mixed paint
- Watercolor paper is best for the special effects
- Heavy white paper still allows a nice design (I’ll show you how)
- Coarse salt
- Wax paper torn into small shapes
- Plastic wrap
- Other techniques to try: paint spattering, drops of lemon juice or rubbing alcohol, grains of rice, leaves
Directions if using watercolor paper
Note: once your paper is wet, you have to have everything ready and work pretty quickly
- Work in a place where you can leave your painting to dry before moving it. Put a plastic table cloth under your work.
- Before wetting the paper, use masking tape to form a cross on your paper (keep it a little rough looking). The masking tape allows you to paint right over it. When the paint dries, and you remove the tape, you’ll have a white cross, with beautiful paint patterns all around it.
- Choose and mix 3 or 4 colors for the background in the small containers (I thought mine were dark enough, but would probably make them darker next time. Watercolors dry lighter than you expect)
- With a large brush wet your watercolor paper all over with clean water (don’t make it sopping wet, just a light layer or sheen)
- Brush the colors around your paper; drop some in with a brush or right from a container
- Let the colors move around and swirl together for a couple moments (too long makes colors muddy and you need wet paint for the next steps)
- Sprinkle salt or rice around your paper
- Place a few pieces of wax paper or leaves around, overlapping them
- Scrunch up pieces of plastic wrap and place on areas of paint
Leave everything to dry (it may take several hours if you had lots of paint puddles). Once dry you can try spattering paint.
Directions if using heavy white paper
- Form a cross on your paper with masking tape as before
- Decide what design you want for a background
- Choose and mix 3 or 4 colors as before
- Do Not wet your paper, but you’ll still need to work pretty quickly
- With your brush paint your design., allowing colors to mix and blend
- The salt, wax paper, etc don’t work well or even much at all on this paper, but spattering works just fine.
Leave everything to dry an hour or more depending on how wet your paint was. Once dry you can try spattering paint. Old toothbrushes work well for spattering.
Once either project is dry remove the tape, and any papers, leaves, etc,. Brush off the rice and/or salt and enjoy your creation!!
AND remember, Jesus didn’t remain on the cross or in the grave, but rose from the dead on Easter morning!
Before You Go
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