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Crayon resist is similar to tape resist. Use white
crayons for a surprise effect, or use oil pastels for
a more obvious effect. Give children the crayons or
oil pastels and let them color their pictures. When
they’re finished coloring, have them use small or
medium-size paintbrushes to paint liquid paint
over the drawing. The waxy or oily drawing will re-
pel the paint, creating a striking artwork.
Splatter painting is an exciting classroom project.
This style of painting is carefree, fun, and creative. It
does, however, become very messy! It involves dip-
ping long paintbrushes into the paint and whip-
ping the paint freely toward the painting surface.
You can do splatter painting using a few different
techniques. Tape resist is a fun project that you can adapt to
make a new activity every time. Have children ar-
range tape on canvas or poster board to make lines
and designs. (The best kinds of tape to use are col-
ored tape from a school supply store or carpenter
tape from a hardware store.) Then give the children
rollers, brayers, or brushes to paint over the whole
surface with a variety of colors. When the paint is
dry, carefully lift off the tape to reveal the white
lines and designs within the painting. The first time
you do this project, the children will be amazed!
Paper within a box works especially well. Use a
medium-size or large box with sides up to twenty-
four inches tall (no higher than children’s under-
arms). The sides keep the paint inside the box and
help prevent a huge mess. Line the bottom of the
box with paper and tape it down. Invite the chil-
dren to come over one or two at a time to paint.