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Make this: Wax Resist Watercolor Mother’s Day Card

May 8, 2013




Today we’re taking artistic cues from the kindergarten me and making crayon art – wax resist art if you’re fancy (or over the age of 7). Most of us did this project in some capacity growing up. Crayon goes on paper, paint goes over crayon, and then like magic, the paint reveals whatever was drawn. It’s simple batik on paper. But oh so pretty! A light ombré watercolor wash adds a pretty touch of femininity that takes this project from grade school to fabulous – and worthy of mom (and maybe even her fridge).



Blank cards (Paper Source is my favorite place for all things paper, I used A2 Flat and Folding cards in Luxe Cream)

Watercolor or Gouache

Brushes or sponges

Wax resist crayons (found at most craft stores – NOTE: a white crayon can work too)

Decorative paper punches to create cute borders (sold at craft stores & totally optional)



1. With a wax crayon, draw your design. It may be tough to see on lighter papers but tilting your head to catch the reflection of the wax helps.

2. Paint watercolor on. Start with a paint loaded brush but continue dipping in water (rather than more paint) to lighten the watercolor as you make your way to the opposite side of the card. Try different strokes and brushes for varied effects.

3. Let dry completely and punch borders, if desired. NOTE: Paper may bow out a bit while it’s wet, you can flatten it out again once it’s dry.

4. Write mom a sweet message, place card in an envelope and let the hugs and kisses ensue.

Note: I lightly painted a few extra sheets of watercolor paper and cut out envelope liners using this template from Paper Source, to coordinate with my cards.







10 Comments leave one →
  1. melinda permalink
    May 8, 2013 1:00 am

    reminds me of dying easter eggs…. very pretty!

  2. May 8, 2013 3:53 am

    What a great idea for place cards or any cards. I used to do this with my pre kindergarten class when I was a teacher.

  3. May 8, 2013 5:51 am

    Very pretty!

  4. May 8, 2013 9:42 am

    these are adorable! i had totally forgotton about this trick :)

  5. msperfectpatty permalink
    May 9, 2013 7:25 am

    so simple but unique!

  6. January 18, 2016 2:50 am

    Hi! I’m approaching to the watercolor world and you have been like a inspirator for me!


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