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  • Theme: Heart birds
  • Objective: Use elongated heart shapes for the beak, head, body and tail to draw birds.  Position birds on the branches using design and depth composition.  Apply wax resist technique. 
  • Instructions: Have example of finished project for child to see.  Discuss design and draw branches on paper using light strokes.  Demonstrate how to draw birds using elongated heart shapes.  Draw larger birds in foreground and smaller birds in background.  Trace with wax crayon and use light brush strokes to apply watercolor paint to give color to give to birds, branches, leaf shapes, and background. 
  • Materials:  80lb. paper or watercolor paper, pencils, wax crayons, watercolor paints, brushes, water.

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Cornucopia watercolor/wax resist technique. Example 1.

Cornucopia wax resist/ watercolor technique. Example 1

Cornucopia wax resist/watercolor technique. Example 2.

Cornucopia wax resist/watercolor technique. Example 2.

  • Theme: Thanksgiving cornucopia (Grades K-3)
  • Objective: Demonstrate wax resist technique using watercolors and wax crayons.
  • Instructions: Print the printable for children to use. It is best to change the printer setting to print as a watermark to lighten the lines.  Trace the outline of the picture with a wax crayon.  Filling in with watercolors. 
  • Materials:  80lb. paper or watercolor paper, wax crayons, watercolor paints, brushes, water.
Cornucopia outlined with crayon.

Cornucopia outlined with crayon.

First grade class. Deer Creek Christian School. Chicago, IL

First grade class. Deer Creek Christian School. University Park, IL

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  • Theme: Stained glass rose windows. Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. (Grades K-3)
  • Objective: Create a stained glass rose window with melted wax crayons. 
  • Instructions: Sharpen several brightly colored crayons to produce about 1/4 cup of shavings.  Spread shavings between two pieces of 9″x12″ wax paper.  With an old towel underneath wax paper and another old towel over top, iron on low heat until wax melts.  Use a 9″x12″ light colored piece of construction paper and cut out a paper snowflake design.  Lay paper cut-out over melted wax crayon design and trim into a circular shape. Attach with clear tape and display in a sunny window.
  • Materials: crayon shavings, wax paper, two old towels, iron, construction paper, scissors, clear tape.
melted crayon wax

melted crayon shavings between wax paper (back)

cut paper on front
 paper cut-out over melted crayon (front)

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