15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist

When I was a kid I loved the idea of secret notes, disappearing ink, and sharing them with friends. There was just something so cool about being able to have a message appear out of nowhere! I also loved watercoloring and seeing how the colors blended together.Β My girls have been doing a lot of watercoloring lately.

With a new baby in the house and 2 other kidsΒ to keep happy, I have been employing a lot of tactics to keep them occupied and out of trouble. And, like in the movie About a Boy
my day feels like it’s divided into units of time–although my units are more like 15 minutes instead of 30. So I was thrilled that the rules for Craft Lightning Camp are that the craft can’t take more than 15 minutes (excluding drying time). Perfect!

So why not combine those two cool ideas and use the watercolor resist technique to send and receive top secret watercolor messages!

15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist

You’ll need:

15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist

Let’s get started!

  1. Take the white crayon and write a message or draw a picture. Saige is “writing” a letter to her friend Sophi here. (She was pretty concerned that it wasn’t working at this point.)15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist
  2. Now you can trade papers with your friend or create a masterpiece to give them later.
  3. Take your brush and watercolors, and simply paint over the area where your message or picture is. As you paint, the color will resist anywhere there’s crayon and your message will appear!Β 15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist

Make your painting as elaborate or simple as you want. It was fun to be able to read a message to my 2-year-old after she got to paint it. But the most fun was getting to see their reaction as their “message” started appearing. Saige was open mouthed in amazement.

15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist

And it was so quick and simple that they wanted to keep writing more messages past their usual 15-minute unit of time.

15 minute Secret Watercolor Messages | Mabey She Made It | #kidscrafts #watercolor #watercolorresist

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Chelle Chapman
Chelle Chapman
8 years ago

How FUN! I would’ve LOVED doing this as a child as my BFF & I were slightly obsessed w/ “secrecy” when it came to note passing! LOL Thank you for sharing this craft, I bet my cousin’s Grans would like this!!

Tina Robinson
Tina Robinson
8 years ago

What a fun idea!! You could have your child write a Happy Birthday message as card and attach with a watercolor set on the gift!! So many possibilities!!

Ashley @ My Craftily Ever After

this is such a cute idea! while we were camping the kids spent a couple of hours painting with water colors! I had totally forgotten how much I love them. I am going to have to try this with them next!

Erica Layne
Erica Layne
8 years ago

So fun! I’ve been wanting to do this with my kiddos.

Loved the About a Boy reference, btw!

Angie @ CCC
8 years ago

Awesome idea! Thanks for joining!

Cori George
8 years ago

I remember doing this as a kid! I thought it was MAGIC!

Jennifer Patricia Priest

What a super fun idea! I love this and would be great to keep them busy as summer winds down….

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain

How fun! My kids love “spy stuff” so this is perfect!

8 years ago

Love this idea! Very creative way to bond with your kid. πŸ™‚

Alexis @ Persia Lou
8 years ago

So fun! My kids would love this. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Makers, Lisa πŸ™‚

8 years ago

This is a really fun idea!! It would also be a fun way to make a quick piece of art. Do some handlettering of your favorite quote and do an ombre water color over it! I’m doing it. Pinned. Thanks!

8 years ago

This is so fun! I wanna do it! It is great for creative minds πŸ™‚

Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade

These are so fun! My boys would LOVE this!

8 years ago

Such a fun idea! Kids love crafts with a little bit of “magic” like this!

8 years ago

LOVE!!! I remember writing secret messages as a kid. My girls will go nuts for this updated version!!

8 years ago

Fun! I loved all the “secret agent” stuff too. I just showed the boys how to “read” a message using the side of a pencil. They will love getting the watercolors out.

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple

This is so much fun!!! My kids are going to LOVE this!

Mrs Major Hoff (Sara)
8 years ago

So cool! My boys are going to love this~

Gretchen @ Three Little Monkeys Studio

I love this, Lisa! It would be so great for a spy party! Very, very cool!