Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Saint Patrick Holy Trinity Shamrocks

As I was thinking about what to do and whether to post for Saint Patrick’s Day, I found a post linked up at Lacy’s First Friday Link up for March that reminded me about an art project I did as a child.  Alicia at Through My “I”s posted about her crayon resist art project for Saint Valentine’s Day.  Thank you, Alicia, for inspiring my Holy Trinity Crayon Resist Art Shamrocks!

I thought crayon resist with watercolors would be a great way to highlight Saint Patrick’s metaphor for the Holy Trinity.  I used a fat white crayon to draw a shamrock on card stock, and a thin white crayon to write “God” (in Spanish) in the middle and each part of the Holy Trinity on the leaves.  My older daughter wrote the words herself, but I wrote them for my youngest.  She had so much fun watercolor painting and watching the letters appear!

An easy and quick way to do this is to use a wide brush and long strokes, but for kids who want to “find” the letters, painting little by little works too.  Who says shamrocks only come in green?

Another way to make a trinity shamrock that does not involve painting is to cut one out of green construction paper and write the words with a crayon or marker.  Here is the one we made last year.  I used a pencil to draw three hearts together with their points touching, added the stem and cut it out.

You can read about many more activities to teach The Most Holy Trinity at my Trinity Link up.

My daughters had so much fun with the watercolors that they wanted to watercolor Saint Patrick, too.  I printed the Saint Patrick coloring page drawn by Vee (Paper Dali) on cardstock, and they painted him yesterday.  Vee’s post also includes a Unit Study with other ideas for learning about Saint Patrick and additional Irish saints.

What have we done for Saint Patrick’s Day?  My Catholic Moms group made Lacy’s Saint Patrick puppet.  And, I printed a Saint Patrick’s Day Word Find from Sanctus Simplicitus that the girls are still working on.

We are also currently making an angel puppet to dramatize The Annunciation, so we used the crayon resist with watercolors technique to paint some angel wings, although we forgot to “resist” the angel’s gown.  Check back in a few days to see the results!  My girls are enjoying crayon resist, especially the water coloring part, so I’m thinking we’ll make some decorated Easter egg cards next month.  Did you know you can do crayon resist on actual boiled eggs and cascarones (egg shells) before painting them?  We like to write names on our cascarones; check back in a few weeks to find out why. 

In 2014, I am linking with: Welcome Home, Hearts for Home


  1. I love it. Crayon resist with watercolors is a great idea!

  2. I'm glad you both like the idea. I am often inspired by other bloggers, so I hope I can play it forward and inspire others.

  3. I love the idea to use crayon resist to find the words! Thanks so much for adding this to the St. Patrick's Day Blessings Linky!

  4. these are great - thanks for linking up to Tactile Tuesday!

  5. Painting over crayon is a great idea. I should do that with my kids.

  6. Crayons and watercolours together are such fun. Great project!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  7. Thanks to all of you for visiting.

    Special thanks to Stef at Educating Laytons and Krissy at B-Inspired Mama for featuring this post on their blogs.

  8. Thank you for sharing your blog post on the Hearts for Home blog hop last week. Your blog post has been selected to feature on this week's blog hop post on Monsters Ed. Please remember to grab the "I was Featured" button on the blog :)

    1. Thanks for featuring this post, Jolene. I will find a place on the blog to place feature buttons soon.


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