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How to Make Spider Web Art – Crayon Resist Watercolor Technique

Are you already excited about Halloween? Then your kids will love this simple Spider Web Art Project.

In fact, this watercolor-resistant painting technique is super easy and a lot of fun! All you need is some watercolor and crayons.

Let’s dive right in.

spider web art project with kids

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How to Make Crayon Resist Watercolor Painting

Fall is right around the corner and so is the next official holiday in my house, Halloween. The kids are beyond excited about their spooky events and trick-or-treat.

Already weeks prior we decorate the house and they play with their costumes. Halloween music is running all day long and we tell each other spooky stories.

It’s precious.

It comes naturally to pick seasonal and holiday-related activities. Therefore we picked this adorable Halloween Spider Web Painting Idea.

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Here is what you will need for this fun spider web painting:

Spider Web Art Materials

materiel's crayon resistant art

These step-by-step instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this adorable watercolor spider web project for preschoolers.

Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

Watercolor Spider Web Art Instruction

Step 1: White crayon art

  • Take a watercolor paper and draw a big spider web with a white crayon over the whole piece of paper.
    White oil pastels also work.
    If you are not sure how to draw a spiderweb, go check out this easy step-by-step instruction here.
paint with white crayon

Step 2: Watercolor resist crayons

  • Take your watercolor kit and start painting over and around your crayon spider web drawing.
    You will realize that the white crayon resists the watercolor and your spider web drawing will appear.
paint spider web art

Optional – Step 3: Create a mottled effect

  • To make it a little bit more interesting for the kids, let them sprinkle salt on the wet watercolor paint.
    This will create a creative mottled effect as the salt absorbs the liquid watercolor around it.

Try one of these fun fall activities next. You might enjoy these 15 Easy Pumpkin Art Projects, Fall Sensory Bins, or Fall Salt Painting.

Step 4: Let it try

  • Let your watercolor resist art try and rub off the salt to display it.
beautiful watercolor spider web art

Crayon Resist Art Tip

  • All crayons are water-resistant if you don’t have a white crayon laying around any other light color works in general too.

Why are Crayons Water Resistant

After drawing your spider web and adding your watercolors in step two you clearly can see that your white crayon drawing is watercolor resistant.

Why is that? Crayons are made out of wax and therefore are water-resistant.

Watercolors are made out of color or pigments that dissolve in water. This is why they don’t stay on the wax.

The same effect can be seen in nature. For example, the wax is coating leaves in stems. That’s why raindrops don’t stay on the leaves, instead, they slide off.

These facts and more white crayon art projects can be found here.

Fun Facts About Spiders

Use this fun spider web crayon resist art to teach your children about spiders. Here are some fun facts about spiders:

  • All spiders can produce silk, but not all spiders spin webs.
  • Spiders can spin 7 different types of silk. To catch insects, they produce silk with a special clue.
  • Spiders make a nest for their eggs and attach it to their spider web.
  • Did you know, that a few large spiders eat birds and lizards?
  • The largest spider on earth is called the Goliath bird eater. She lives in South America, Brazil, and Venezuela. She belongs to the Tarantula family.

These and more fun facts about spiders for children can be found here.

Summary Spider Web Art Project

White crayons won’t collect dust in our house anymore.

There is so much more to do with them than just coloring Halloween spider web art. You can use this crayon resist watercolor technique to write secret messages, lunch box notes or even learn the ABC.

In case you are in need of Lunch Box Note Ideas or free printables, go check them out in the link. You will love them!

White crayons can bring fun to every age group in the most creative ways.

We also read the book “The very busy spider” by Eric Carle prior to our fall art project. Especially my toddler enjoyed looking at it and feeling the different textures of the spider web.

Now I would like to hear from you!
How did you enjoy this easy crayon resist art project?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
I would love to hear from you!

Are you a visual learner? Here’s a video of paint resist spiderweb art.

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Spider Web Art

spider web art project with kids

Learn how to make spider web artpiece with white crayons.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • white crayon
  • watercolors
  • paint brush
  • paper


  1. Draw a spider web with the white crayon on your paper.
  2. Take your paint brush and draw over the spiderweb with water colors.
  3. Let it try.

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