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Today’s craft was inspired by a fun new Instagram account I just started following, @thehappyhomeschoolers. Like I said yesterday I’m running low on craft supplies but loath the idea of going to the store this time of year. Then I came across a picture of wax relief snowflakes on The Happy Homeschooler’s page and childhood memories of amazement and delight flooded back.
If you’re unfamiliar with wax relief, just imagine a secret picture that you can only see after painting over it with watercolors. It’s pure magic for kids! I knew it would be a hit with Squeaks and the supply list is totally doable.
white card stock (I recommend this instead of thinner paper so the water colors don’t soak through)
a white candle
At first I used a white crayon like The Happy Homeschooler did in her post but my crayons must be a different brand or something because it just wasn’t working to create the relief image. So I dug out one of my white tapered candles and used that instead of a white crayon. It worked great!
As an added bonus it was kind of like a mini science lesson. Squeaks asked why the paint wouldn’t “stick” so I got to explain how to wax from the candle is water repellent (vocab word!) so the watercolor paint can’t cover it.
I drew a snowman on two sheets of card stock and handed them to the kids without telling them what was on them. Squeaks was super excited to see it start to appear. Again, Little Dude lost interest in no time and wanted to go play. Someday I’ll find something that holds his attention. Maybe. Squeaks loved it so much that she asked to do it again, so I traced out a Christmas tree and the magic started over. Fun!
What art projects from your childhood do you enjoy doing with your kids?