We so enjoyed our Fall Leaf Watercolor Resist art project that we of course had to do a winter version. And to make things even easier, I made a free printable template in case any of you want to make one too! :)
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To get the project ready, I lined up the free snowflake template with watercolor paper and taped both lightly to a window (if you are using thinner paper for painting, you might be able to see the template through it without using the backlight of a window). I then used my trusty hot glue gun to trace the snowflakes from the template in hot glue. If you had an older child and used a low heat setting, it would be possible for them to do this step. I felt that S is still young enough that it would be frustrating for her (she's JUST learning how to use the hot glue gun on low), so I did the tracing myself. She chose four shades of blue liquid watercolors (yes, we're that crazy - we have FOUR shades of blue) and painted away.
It was SO pretty to watch the blue fill in around the snowflakes.
S reeeeeally wanted to add salt (it bleaches out parts of the watercolor and makes an interesting pattern if you haven't tried it before). To have the salt work correctly, your painting needs to have a thin layer of moisture over it, so I had S dip her paintbrush in water and quickly dampen her whole painting.
Next she sprinkled salt! The less salt you add (i.e. the more space there is between salt grains), the better the effect is.
And after it dried, she had a GORGEOUS winter masterpiece.
You can download our free snowflake template here. This is for individual use only. Do not distribute this file on your website. Thanks. :)