Snowman Wax Resist Painting

This sweet snowman is made with few other things besides winter and childhood magic.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I was a little worried that Madeleine would get frustrated with not being able to see her work. As it happened, the natural light and angle were just right, and she did fine. But for others, you might want to try drawing outlines with a non-marking (dried, ran out) ballpoint pen or embossing tool first, so you can see what you're doing!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    The first thing Maddie drew in was a snowy field at the bottom of her picture.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    After that came the snowman!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    His scarf, face, hat, buttons....

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    It's snowing there, so have to draw snowflakes....

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  • Step 6

    I wanted to make sure the paint was "just right," so I put a couple of teaspoons of water in a small bowl, then added blue and a little bit of violet to make just the right shade... mix, mix, mix. I then tested it on scratch paper to make sure the crayon art would come through.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Okay... the paint mixture is ready.... time to paint! Maddie covered the whole page with blue, and loved it when her snowflakes started showing up. I kept a paper towel handy, in case the snowman was in danger and needed to be blotted...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    But he shined through beautifully. Isn't he fine!?! Ready to lead the parade into Winter Wonderland.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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