How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

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How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Today I am sharing a very simple, easy and yet beautiful project to do with your kids, toddlers and up, this Lent. This Easy Holy Week Watercolor Art project is made even easier with the printable crucifix I’ve made. I did a very similar project to this last year (see it here) but because it involved drawing a crucifix free-hand as the first step, I decided to revisit this project, and make it much, much easier.

And so, first off, download the free printable of the crucifix to use for this project.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

You can find the materials for this project, and MANY other Catholic projects in the Catholic Family Digital Resource Library. To get instant access, and join a thriving community of over 10,000 Catholic Parents, just enter your in your email address.

Here is a breakdown of how to do this project. Once you have downloaded the images of the crucifix, print it out on cardstock paper.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

First, if you are doing the at home, the ink from your printer will smear when you watercolor over it, so you need to seal it. The easiest way to do this is to color over it with a crayon. I did this one my sister and her kids. Some of us used a black crayon (above) and others used a clear crayon. If you use the clear crayon it can add a cool look to color roughly outside of the edges of the crucifix.

Then, grab the watercolors and get painting. Use a big brush and lots of paint, painting right over the top of the crucifix.

Cover the entire page with color and then use a little extra water to blend the colors (not too much) after you are done painting.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Yup–it really is that easy. I hope that you and your family have a blessed and holy Lent

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Thanks, as always, for being here!

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Invite children to paint watercolor surprise Easter egg art to see what magically appears!

There are two watercolor techniques that can be used to create watercolor surprise Easter Egg art. One uses a watercolor resist medium, while the other uses the wet-on-wet watercolor painting method.

Invite kids of all ages to try this easy Easter egg painting idea. It is a fun Easter art project that children from toddlers to teens can paint at home or in the classroom. First invite children to draw an Easter egg, or, use our free printable Easter egg art template. Next, have them give either watercolor technique a try to discover what magically appears.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Watercolor Surprise Easter Egg Art Supplies

The watercolor Easter egg art supplies listed below can be used to paint Easter eggs with either the watercolor resist method, or, the wet-on-wet watercolor painting method.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

How to Paint Surprise Easter Egg Art Using a Watercolor Resist Medium

Creating watercolor surprise Easter egg art using a watercolor resist medium is a fun and easy Easter art project for kids (and adults!).

First, print the FREE Easter egg Art Template and invite children to use crayons or oil pastels to draw designs on the Easter eggs.

Next, use a flat wash watercolor paintbrush to paint Easter Eggs with watercolors to see the surprise Easter art magically appear!

For even more watercolor surprise fun, invite children to draw designs for each other, either at home or in the classroom, to make double surprise Easter Art. Surprise siblings, friends, and even mom or dad with hidden art!

Or, use a heart shape to make Watercolor Surprise Heart Art. Write messages to someone you love in heart art… Just click on the link for all the DIY details including a video to see this watercolor technique in action!

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Watercolor Resist Suprise Easter Egg Art Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Invite children to draw an egg, or, download and print the FREE Easter Egg Template onto cardstock or watercolor paper.
  2. Use crayons or oil pastels to draw designs on the Easter Egg Printable. All colors work, but only white will create hidden surprise Easter Egg art.
  3. Use a flat wash watercolor paintbrush, and watercolor paints, to reveal the hidden Easter egg designs.
  4. Allow the Easter Egg art project to dry.
  5. Cut the Easter Egg art out and use a glue stick to attach it to construction paper or colored cardstock. (optional)

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Watercolor Resist Suprise Easter Art Tips

We painted with only the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) to encourage color-mixing and experimenting. You are welcome to use more than the primary colors if desired. Learn more about working with watercolors in wet-on-wet watercolor painting.

Making designs on the Easter egg template with colored crayons and pastels creates colorful designs that the child will be able to see before they paint with watercolors. Drawing only with white makes the designs hard to see before the child paints.

You can see my daughter’s experiment with colored pastels and watercolor paint in the photo below.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

When children use watercolors to paint an area that is colored with white crayons (or oil pastels) they are surprised to see the drawings appear, even when they know the art is there. It’s magic… Invite the kids to experiment and have fun!

We like to use white oil pastels because we like the way they work as a watercolor resist medium. Create an experiment with watercolor resist mediums to learn which watercolor resist medium you like best!

Watercolor Resist Easter Egg Art Step by Step Video

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Suprise Easter Egg Art

The second way to create watercolor surprise Easter egg art is to use the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. For best results, use only two primary colors for each egg and watch the surprise color appear!

The surprise is revealed when children discover the magical third secondary color that is created when two primary colors are mixed.

Painting with watercolors in this way allows children to experience that blue and yellow make green, or red and yellow make orange, or red and blue make purple. As an example, my daughter used yellow and blue to paint the egg pictured below.

You could also call this type of Easter art color mixing Easter art, but I think “surprise” is more fun for the little ones.

Besides, who would want to spoil the surprise by telling children that they will be doing color mixing? Shhh… it’ll be our little secret.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Wet-on-wet Watercolor Easter Egg Art Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Invite children to draw an egg or print the FREE Easter Egg Template onto cardstock or watercolor paper.
  2. Hop on over to learn more about wet-on-wet watercolor painting if you would like to try creating surprise Easter Eggs using this watercolor technique. The article explains soaking the paper first. Another option is to use a spray bottle filled with water. Simply spray the cardstock or watercolor paper to get it wet, then wait a few minutes to paint.

NOTE: The Easter egg art template ink runs a tiny bit when you spray it with water. However, it is possible to cut the egg out when it’s dry for a cleaner look like the Easter Egg pictured above. Another option is to cut the egg out before spraying it with water.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Surprise Easter Art for Kids

Try either of these fun ways to create watercolor surprise Easter egg art with the kids this spring. Don’t forget to hop over to have a look at all of the other amazing Easter Art Project Ideas kids LOVE!

If you have ever wondered how Easter eggs or Easter baskets came to be associated with Easter, find out in Easter Traditions to Start with Your Family. We have uncovered some interesting theories to share with you.

You may also like this collection of Fun Art and Craft Ideas for Kids, and our Spring Bucket List Seasonal Activity Guide filled with fun activities to try with the kids this spring!

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If you’re here, it means you love watercolour galaxies as much as I do. If you’re on Instagram you’ve probably seen how popular watercolour galaxies and night skies are and wanted to try it yourself. While there are lots of quick videos on Instagram where artists share their painting process, I wanted to find more in-depth watercolour galaxy tutorials and classes that explain what paper, paint and techniques to use.

How to create a watercolour galaxy

In this roundup you’ll find 7 free watercolour galaxy, nebula and night sky tutorials, and 3 Skillshare classes. Click the links below to learn more.

You can use your finished artwork as wall art, greeting cards and more!

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How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolorImage by Tillith on YouTube

Watercolour supplies needed for galaxy painting

Do you have your supplies ready yet? If you don’t, here are some of my recommendations:

  • Watercolour tube paint
  • Liquid watercolours (optional, but I love the radiant colours!)
  • Watercolour round paint brushes (you can start with a #4 or #6)
  • Paint palette
  • Watercolour paper
  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White (optional, but great for making stars!)
  • A paper towel
  • A jar of clean water

Alright! Got your supplies and a clean desk to work on? Let’s watch some tutorials!

Aurora watercolour painting tutorial (by Tillith on YouTube)

Starry night sky tutorial (by W.J.H Art on YouTube)

Starry night watercolour tutorial (by Inkstruck Studio)

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Watercolour galaxy cityscape tutorial (by Fox & Hazel)

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

How to paint the galaxy with watercolors (on Blitsy)

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

How to paint a galaxy effect with watercolors (on The Postman’s Knock)

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Modern Watercolor Techniques (by Ana Victoria on Skillshare)

This class comes from Skillshare. As a member of Skillshare I can highly recommend them and this class specifically which I took myself. Not only will you learn how to paint this watercolour galaxy, but you’ll also learn lots of other techniques. It’s a fantastic class. Take the class here.

Painting galaxies and starscapes in watercolor (by Erin Kate Archer on Skillshare)

Erin takes you through four levels of painting galaxies and starscapes. You can get started even with cheap supplies. I highly recommend this class too. Take the class here.

Watercolor and Mixed Media Techniques (by Ana Victoria on Skillshare)

Another fantastic class by Ana Victoria. Like her other class you’ll learn lots of other techniques in this class including how to paint this cloudy night sky. Take the class here.

Don’t have time to practice these tutorials now? Pin the image below to save it for later!

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How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

If you have popped over a bit early and it’s not quite Easter yet, be sure to check out my Lent resources for kids as well!

Now because Easter is a whole season and I like to keep the liturgical year alive in our home, I consider anything that is Easter-like a religious activity after Easter Sunday! So during this season, we may celebrate with Spring crafts, flowers, eggs, bunnies, whatever! If you are keeping the liturgical season going, that is a win!

Resurrection/Empty Tomb Crafts

A great way to focus on the true meaning of Easter is to actually make resurrection and empty tomb themed crafts and activities with your kids! I also love “Resurrection Sets”, which is just like a nativity set, but for Easter! And I have a few versions here you can craft yourself.

Printable peg doll resurrection set– The bodies print and mod podge onto the pegs, then you have step by step directions to paint the heads yourself.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Printable paper resurrection set– This set can be printed on paper or card stock and stapled into tubes that stand up. The black and white version of this is free for subscribers! Details on post.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

DIY Resurrection Garden– this is really fun and relatively easy. Kids love watching this grow as the season goes on, and it makes a great centerpiece!

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

NEW. This set of printable “Happy Crosses” is so easy and perfect for Easter time! They print flat on paper and roll into a tube to stand up on their own.

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Brighten up your front door for spring with this easy-to-craft wreath that’s abloom with dogwood branches and — surprise! — a pair of nestled faux birds.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

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Materials Needed

  • sunburst-style grapevine wreath
  • 2-3 faux dogwood branches
  • wire snips or heavy-duty shears
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 2 mushroom birds
  • ribbon or wreath hanger for hanging

Prep Dogwood

Using heavy-duty shears or wire cutters, cut faux dogwood branches into small sections that are just a bit shorter than the wreath’s grapevine branches (Images 1 and 2).

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Begin Gluing to Wreath

Working in small sections, add hot glue to faux dogwood branch’s ends, then attach to wreath form, tucking the glued ends into the wreath form.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Continue Adding Dogwood

Working in a clockwise fashion around the wreath, continue adding faux dogwood branches, overlapping the previously glued-on sections as you go (Image 1). Also add a drop of hot glue to any mid-stem areas, if necessary (Image 2).

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Add Birds

Glue or clip (if clips are present) birds to the center bottom of the wreath, nestled together as a pair.

How to celebrate easter painting dogwood in watercolor

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Hang Finished Wreath

Loop decorative ribbon around the top of wreath and hang on front door (Image 1). Tip: If your door has enough clearance at the top, you can just secure the ribbon’s ends to the top of the door with a flat tack (Image 2). Display your finished wreath on either a covered porch or indoors for a springy touch you can display year after year (Image 3).