CREATIVE SATURDAYS – Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

This week I decided to go back to my own childhood and try a crayon resist. It is easy and fun.

You will need:

    • A piece of cardboard 
    • Tempera Paint (I used black but any colour would do)
    • Crayons (brightly coloured)
    • Something to etch the picture – a pen that doesn’t work is great, a bread and butter knife. I used the end of one of my watercolour brushes.


1. Using crayons colour all over the cardboard. You can do straight lines of colour, circles, random (this is what I did), a pattern – it doesn’t matter.

Crayon Resist - adding colour

2. Go over your picture again with the crayons to be sure you have it as filled as possible – press hard.

Crayon Resist - Colour Heavy

3. Using a large paint brush apply the paint to the whole picture.

Crayon Resist - applying black tempera

Crayon Resist - Painted in Black

4. Make sure the paint is perfectly dry. Use a hair dryer if you can’t wait. Etch your picture and watch the colours appear. Put down newspaper because when you etch it will make a mess. You can etch as much as you want. The more you clear the black the more colour will show through.

Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle Starting to Etch Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

I had lots of fun making a Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle. Try it with different pictures – Butterflies, children, family, any picture will work.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24 page curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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  2. What a great craft! So creative!! I am a new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

  3. Thanks for visiting and following Living and Learning With Our New Normal. I remember making these scratch off drawings when I was little!

  4. So cool! Somehow I missed this in school, and it looks like a lot of fun. I may have to go buy some paint. You’re going to have quiet the turtle art collection very soon!

  5. Oh Janis, I used to love to do this with my first graders. They were always so amazed when the colorful creation would begin to take form through their black paint. Bringing back sweet teaching memories for me this day. ~ linda

    1. Linda,
      I loved seeing the colours coming through as I scratched the black. It did feel amazing.
      Thanks for commenting,

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