Create a Wax and Watercolor Space Scene!

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Color with Crayons on white paper and wash over the whole thing with dark blue watercolor 

This is easy as pie and and a fun coloring & painting project for kids. Basically, we used crayons to color on white paper and then painted it with blue watercolor.  On Education.com they list this project with the suggestion of using this opportunity to discuss landscapes, nightscapes and famous works like “Starry Night” by Van Gough.  We have talked about “Starry Night” before and were more into talking about wax, so I told her a few things about wax and water:

The Science of it: Water does not stick to wax because wax belongs to a large class of organic chemicals that are hydrophobic.  “Hydrophobic” literally means “afraid of water”.  Organic chemicals contain carbon, and tend to not be mixable with water (with certain notable exceptions like alcohols). When it’s 2 liquids that encounter each other, it just means that if you don’t stir them constantly, they will separate out into 2 layers. When it is water and a solid, such as the wax, it results in hydrophobicity. Hydrophobicity refers to the degree in which water forms into beads or spreads and flows across the wax.  This all has to do with surface tension, but this is as far as we wanted to go with scientific explanations.  Captain noted the grooviness of wax and “hydrophobicity” and then we talked about space, black holes and planets while we colored and painted.  It was really fun!  I did one too 🙂

I want to make an important note here.  Captain is 5 years old and is not going to benefit from too much explanation about the deeper science of wax and water.  Some might wonder why I would even talk about these things, as she certainly is not going to remember all this stuff, but I truly believe, in fact I KNOW from raising this scientifically-minded child, that it is not about pounding in the facts!  It is really about brushing up against things and letting little bits and pieces soak in wherever they may.  It’s like looking at stars:  it affects us even if we don’t know all of the names of the constellations…  All in all, it works and its’s an awesome way to learn!
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One other thing that did come out of this project is that we are dying to get a big chunk of beeswax (oooooh, I adore beeswax in ways I can’t explain!!) and 2 large canvasses to melt and drip and then paint.  Captain wants to go with acrylics already and I just don’t know for myself yet, but I am soooo excited to try.

If you mess around with wax and paints in any form and care to share, we would LOVE to see some pics here at kartwheels!

Cheers and Beeswax!  Karen

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