This was a fun project and the results reminds me a little bit of Japanese-style paintings (something I truly did not expect). This is how it’s done: Shred some crayons, mix the colors and sizes… then boil an egg and roll it in it (be careful, if the egg is too hot it will melt all of the pieces and will not give you the right effect). Then color the egg and you are done. This is a really simple wax-resist project that is fun for the kids. I mean, when do you get to “destroy” your drawing tools?
Pisanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs that are done with bee-wax and a special tool. The wax is melted and then it is applied onto a white egg. Then you color the egg, add more wax, color again… until you achieve the right effect. After that you take the egg close to fire and melt the wax away to reveal the colorful lines underneath. I have always love it and wanted to share it with my kids… so this is a simplified version.
Take a muffin tin and put small candles inside. Put a wire mash or grid onto it – that’s your oven. Then, take couple of the metal containers for the candles and put wax crayons inside. Let them melt (but be careful not to burn them).
For your drawing tool, just take a pencil and stick a sewing pin in it. Now, you are all set. If you want to try it too, there is some inspiration (I used to do these… before kids):
So, this is my favorite watercolor idea combination: wax resist and Claude Monet. It makes sense to me. Everybody had crayons at home, wax resist a very simple technique that even the smallest kids can master very well, and Claude Monet… well, what can I say? I love Impressionists and the “not finished” or “almost abstract” feel to their paintings is easy for kids to master.
So, what can you do?
I also included a .pdf document that has all the instructions (including the home-made watercolors) and you can print it out, share it… whatever you want. It is but a small preview from the magazine-in-making. If you like it, check out the Kickstarter campaign an spread the word. Thank you guys and enjoy the colorful project with your little ones.