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Magical Wax-Resist Ocean Art

June 09, 2021

Yesterday was World Oceans Day, and we have been celebrating here at Oskar's Wooden Ark with some ocean-themed play and crafting. This wonderful wax-resist painting activity by Jess @learnandbloom is easy to set up and will encourage children to be creative while experimenting with different art materials, colours and techniques. Why not use the opportunity to chat to your little artists about our oceans and why it is important that we look after them. 

Don't forget to share your creations with us on Instagram and Facebook, tagging @oskarswoodenark and using the hashtag: #oskarslittleartists. We can't wait to see your magical underwater artworks!

What you will need

You will need:

- Watercolour paints
- Wax crayons
- Paint brushes
- Small tub of water
- Card or watercolour paper

Step 1:

Brainstorm the theme 'Oceans', asking children: What creatures live in the ocean? What colours might we see?
Draw and colour in a selection of sea creatures, seaweed and corals using wax crayons. We used our Stockmar Wax Stick Crayons.

Draw and colour in a selection of sea creatures
Begin painting thin layers of watercolour paint

Step 2:

Dip the paintbrush into the water and swirl around the paint colours that represent the ocean. Use the paintbrush to lightly brush water colours over the artwork.

Step 3:

Watch your children marvel as the watercolour paint resists the wax crayon, allowing their drawings to shine through.

Watch the paint resist the wax
Beautiful underwater paintings

Step 4:

Wait for the artworks to dry and then display them!

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