There are two watercolor techniques that can be used to create watercolor surprise Easter Egg art for kids using our FREE Easter Egg printable template. One uses a watercolor resist medium while the other uses the wet-on-wet watercolor painting method.
Invite your children to paint watercolor surprise Easter Egg art to see what magically appears today!
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Watercolor Surprise Easter Egg Art Supplies
These supplies can be used for both the watercolor resist method and the wet-on-wet watercolor painting method. You will only need to use a resist medium if you are choosing that method of watercolor painting.
- Stockmar watercolors, liquid watercolors, tube watercolors or watercolor pallet
- Heavy Cardstock or watercolor paper
- Crayons or Oil Pastels (Choose one or the other for the resist medium method)
- FREE Eater Egg Template Printable
- Scissors (optional)
- Construction paper (optional)
How to Paint Surprise Easter Egg Art Using a Watercolor Resist Medium
Creating watercolor surprise Easter Egg art with a watercolor resist medium is fun and easy for kids.
First, print the FREE Easter Egg Art Template and invite the kids to use crayons or oil pastels to create designs on the Easter Eggs. Next, paint Easter Eggs with watercolors to see the surprise Easter Egg art magically appear!
For even more watercolor surprise fun, invite the kids to draw designs for each other to make double surprise Easter Egg Art!
My daughter and I love drawing pictures and designs on our egg templates and then giving them to each other to paint. It’s fun to surprise siblings, friends, and even mom or dad with hidden art that when painted magically appears.
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Watercolor Resist Suprise Easter Egg Art Step-by-Step Directions
3. Use crayons or oil pastels to draw designs on the Easter Egg Printable. All colors work, but only white will create hidden surprise Easter Egg art.
Working with colored crayons and pastels creates colorful designs that the child will be able to see before they paint with watercolors. Drawing only with white makes the designs hard to see before the child paints.
You can see my daughters experiment with colored pastels in the photo below, and another beautiful example of Easter Egg art made with colored pastels and watercolors by That Artist Woman.
When children use watercolors to paint an area that was colored with white crayon or oil pastel they are surprised to see the drawings appear, even when they know the art is there. It’s magic… Invite the kids to experiment and have fun!
We like to use white oil pastels because we like the way they work as a watercolor resist medium. To learn more about watercolor resist techniques check out our experiment with watercolor resist art.
Feel free to experiment with watercolor resist mediums to learn what you like best!
4. Paint Eggs with watercolor paint to reveal the hidden surprise designs!
We painted with only the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) to encourage color-mixing and experimenting. You are welcome to use more colors if desired. Learn more about working with watercolors in wet-on-wet watercolor painting.
5. Allow Easter Egg art to dry completely.
6. Cut Easter Egg art out and glue onto construction paper. (optional)
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How to Paint Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Suprise Easter Egg Art
The second way to create watercolor surprise Easter Egg Art is to use the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. For best results, use only two primary colors for each egg and watch the surprise color appear!
The surprise is revealed when the child discovers the magical third color that appears. Painting with watercolors in this way allows children to experience that blue and yellow make green, or red and yellow make orange or red and blue make purple. For example, my daughter used yellow and blue to paint the egg pictured below.
You could also call this version color mixing Easter Egg art, but I think “surprise” is more fun for the little ones. Besides, who would want to spoil the surprise by telling children that they will be doing color mixing? Shhh… it’ll be our little secret.
Wet-on-wet Watercolor Surprise Easter Egg Art Step-by-Step Directions
3. Hop on over to learn more about wet-on-wet watercolor if you would like to try painting surprise Easter Eggs using this technique.
The article explains soaking the paper first. Another option is to use a spray bottle filled with water to get the paper wet and then wait a few minutes to paint.
NOTE: The template ink runs a tiny bit when you spray it, but it is possible to cut the egg out when it’s dry for a cleaner look like the Easter Egg below. You can also cut the egg out before spraying it with water if you would prefer to keep it clean.
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Try either of these fun ways to create watercolor surprise Easter Egg art with the kids this spring. Don’t forget to hop over to have a look at all of the other amazing Easter Art Project Ideas we’ve rounded up.
If you have ever wondered how Easter Eggs became associated with Easter, check out Easter Traditions to Start with Your Family. We have uncovered some interesting theories to share with you.
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