Invite children to paint watercolor surprise Easter egg art to see what magically appears!
There are two watercolor techniques that can be used to create watercolor surprise Easter Egg art. One uses a watercolor resist medium, while the other uses the wet-on-wet watercolor painting method.
Invite kids of all ages to try this easy Easter egg painting idea. It is a fun Easter art project that children from toddlers to teens can paint at home or in the classroom. First invite children to draw an Easter egg, or, use our free printable Easter egg art template. Next, have them give either watercolor technique a try to discover what magically appears.
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Watercolor Surprise Easter Egg Art Supplies
The watercolor Easter egg art supplies listed below can be used to paint Easter eggs with either the watercolor resist method, or, the wet-on-wet watercolor painting method.
- Stockmar watercolors, liquid watercolors, tube watercolors or a watercolor pallet
- Cardstock or watercolor paper
- Flat wash watercolor paintbrush
- Crayons or Oil Pastels
- FREE Easter Egg Template Printable (optional)
- Scissors (optional)
- Construction paper or colored cardstock (optional)
How to Paint Surprise Easter Egg Art Using a Watercolor Resist Medium
Creating watercolor surprise Easter egg art using a watercolor resist medium is a fun and easy Easter art project for kids (and adults!).
First, print the FREE Easter egg Art Template and invite children to use crayons or oil pastels to draw designs on the Easter eggs.
Next, use a flat wash watercolor paintbrush to paint Easter Eggs with watercolors to see the surprise Easter art magically appear!
For even more watercolor surprise fun, invite children to draw designs for each other, either at home or in the classroom, to make double surprise Easter Art. Surprise siblings, friends, and even mom or dad with hidden art!
Or, use a heart shape to make Watercolor Surprise Heart Art. Write messages to someone you love in heart art… Just click on the link for all the DIY details including a video to see this watercolor technique in action!
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Watercolor Resist Suprise Easter Egg Art Step-by-Step Directions
- Invite children to draw an egg, or, download and print the FREE Easter Egg Template onto cardstock or watercolor paper.
- 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.
- Use a flat wash watercolor paintbrush, and watercolor paints, to reveal the hidden Easter egg designs.
- Allow the Easter Egg art project to dry.
- Cut the Easter Egg art out and use a glue stick to attach it to construction paper or colored cardstock. (optional)
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Watercolor Resist Suprise Easter Art Tips
We painted with only the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) to encourage color-mixing and experimenting. You are welcome to use more than the primary colors if desired. Learn more about working with watercolors in wet-on-wet watercolor painting.
Making designs on the Easter egg template 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 daughter’s experiment with colored pastels and watercolor paint in the photo below.
When children use watercolors to paint an area that is colored with white crayons (or oil pastels) 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. Create an experiment with watercolor resist mediums to learn which watercolor resist medium you like best!
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Watercolor Resist Easter Egg Art Step by Step Video
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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 children discover the magical third secondary color that is created when two primary colors are mixed.
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. As an example, my daughter used yellow and blue to paint the egg pictured below.
You could also call this type of Easter art color mixing Easter 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.
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Wet-on-wet Watercolor Easter Egg Art Step-by-Step Directions
- Invite children to draw an egg or print the FREE Easter Egg Template onto cardstock or watercolor paper.
- Hop on over to learn more about wet-on-wet watercolor painting if you would like to try creating surprise Easter Eggs using this watercolor technique. The article explains soaking the paper first. Another option is to use a spray bottle filled with water. Simply spray the cardstock or watercolor paper to get it wet, then wait a few minutes to paint.
NOTE: The Easter egg art template ink runs a tiny bit when you spray it with water. However, it is possible to cut the egg out when it’s dry for a cleaner look like the Easter Egg pictured above. Another option is to cut the egg out before spraying it with water.
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Surprise Easter Art for Kids
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 kids LOVE!
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