This is such a fun art project! My daughter loved making her ghosts appear with this simple watercolor resist technique. We used bright colors for a fun, non-scary Halloween craft.
We had a lot of fun drawing our ghosts and “oooo’s” and “boo’s” with white oil pastels. This would make a great classroom Halloween activity, you only need a few simple supplies and most kids are able to make this without much assistance.
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Make Your Own Watercolor Resist Surprise Ghost Painting
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- Watercolor paper (white cardstock would also work)
- Watercolor paint
- Paint palette
- white oil pastels
1. Get your paper ready. We used watercolor paper for this project, but if you are doing this as a classroom project, white cardstock would also work. I cut our watercolor paper in half so each piece was 11 x 7.5 inches.
2. Using white oil pastels, draw out your ghost picture. Be sure to include lots of “oooo’s” and “boo’s”! If your white oil pastel has other colors on it, rub it on some scrap paper to make it white again to avoid those colors rubbing off onto your painting.
3. Mix up your watercolor paints. We used 2 colors per picture. You want to make sure that your colors are bright enough so that there will be enough of a contrast between the paint and the white pastels. Test out your colors on a piece of scrap paper first and make them darker if needed.
4. Paint your watercolors on your paper and watch your ghosts appear! Using a larger brush makes painting the whole paper easier. Use both of your colors and watch them mix and blend together as they dry.
I love how bright and colorful this Halloween painting turned out. Watercolor resist is such a fun technique for kids, they love watching their drawing appear as they paint!
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