Alpine tree watercolor resist art
My daughter and I had fun painting winter landscapes.
We completely messed them up and they still look beautiful. Yes, even you can do this!
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Alpine Tree Watercolor Resist Art
Alpine Tree Watercolor Resist Art: Materials
- White glue (Update: you may want to use another resist medium if you don’t want to paint around the glue to leave it white. See Art & Science: Experiment with Watercolor Resist for more information.)
- 140-Pound Watercolor Paper Pad
- Liquid Watercolors
- 1-Inch Flat Watercolor Brush
- Baby Food Jars (we made our own baby food so we use these–they make them round now)
- Glass or canning jar
- Salt (optional)
Alpine Tree Watercolor Resist Art: Directions
- Draw a winter landscape with alpine trees on watercolor paper using a resist medium of choice. Have a look at Art & Science: Experiment with Watercolor Resist for more information.
- Allow glue to completely dry.
- Place paints in baby food jars. We used blue, turquois-blue, and mixed blue and violet for the 3rd color. (I also used brown for the tree trunks in my painting above.) Feel free to use whatever colors you like.
- Place water in a glass or canning jar and flat watercolor brush on a rag.
- Paint around glue if you want it to stay white. Paint over glue for a neat textured effect.
- Sprinkle salt onto painting before it dries to create a droplet effect.
- Allow painting to dry.
Alpine Tree Watercolor Resist Art: Process
This alpine tree watercolor resist art project did not turn out as I had expected. I used Elmer’s glue to quickly draw two alpine tree drawings on watercolor paper. One for my daughter to paint, and one for me to paint. (Art is not just for the little one’s!)
Once they were completely dry, I had my 3-year-old daughter paint her’s first. To my surprise, the glue did not resist! The glue soaked up the color so the alpine trees did not stay snowy white like I thought they would. See photos below.
I decided to paint around the glue on mine to see what would happen. Most of it stayed white while some of the glue got colored when the watercolor pooled near it. (See photo at top of page)
Update: After we completed the project we decided to do an experiment to find out what watercolor resist medium would work better for projects like this. See Art & Science: Experiment with Watercolor Resist to find out what we discovered!
This project is an easy STEAM rainy or snowy day activity for kids. Artists of all ages will enjoy learning how to paint with watercolors using a resist medium. Painting a winter alpine tree landscape is a fun way for kids to learn about and connect with nature during the colder winter months.
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