Non-Objective Watercolor Resist Painting with Texture Rubbings

Non-objective Texture Design NonObjectiveTextureCrayonResist (10)I LOVE texture rubbings & I LOVE watercolor & crayon resist paintings, so this art project is the perfect combination of both!! I have actually done this with 2nd grade on up to High School Art (the HS students LOVE this!).

Objectives: Students will understand the difference between realistic, abstract & non-objective artwork. Students will learn how texture is perceived through the senses. Compare & contrast different textures in various artworks. Create 2D artwork that explores visual texture through texture rubbings.

Delivery Day 1: 

There are three kinds of art: realistic, abstract & non-objective. (show examples of each)

  • Realistic: art that is meant to resemble real life closely
  • Abstract: art that takes something real & distorts it
  • Non-objective Art: art that does not resemble anything real, it is only lines, shapes, colors and textures

Texture is the element of art that refers to how things feel, or look as if the might feel if touched.

There are 2 main types of texture:

  • Tactile Texture: you can physically experience by touching it
  • Visual Texture: only seen with the eyes, not physically felt. An example is when you look at a photo, drawing or painting and see a texture but can not actually feel it. It is the illusion of a 3D surface.
  • Show examples of tactile & visual texture.

Day 1-2 Activity: 2 to 3-40 minute class periods Non-Objective Watercolor Resist Painting

Project Objective: Students will use crayons and texture plates to create a non-objective crayon & watercolor resist painting. (Optional: add instruction the principle of art called emphasis & have one part of the painting stand out more than the rest by making it 3D)

Supplies: Crayons, Crayola 16 Semi-Moist Oval Pans Watercolor Set with Brush, 12×18″ tagboard (or 60-90lb paper), Rubbing plates (homemade, found & purchased-Fiskars Texture Plate Double Sided Assortment II 6/Pkg 12 Designs 5659)

Here are some of the texture plates we used:


  1. First use a CD to draw a circle with a thick sharpie. Place the circle off-center.
  2. Add a variety of lines & shapes over the entire paper (not too small & not too many).
  3. Outline all lines with a thick sharpie.
  4. In each shape use the crayon & texture plates to create rubbings. Put a different color & texture in each shape. Make sure the crayon is on its SIDE & you hold the paper very still. (Teacher should Demonstrate technique)
  5. Use watercolor paints to paint over the rubbings. Emphasize that they should use a different color than the crayon color they rubbed with.

Optional: If you add the emphasis element, you will trace an additional circle with the CD & apply a texture rubbing and watercolor to this as well. Add a loop of colored construction paper behind the circle & glue it on top of the circle on the paper.

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