Wax resist on paper is used to create unusual colour combinations, unique designs and cover printed items such as photographs on paper. A special wax resist for paper is available at local hobby and craft stores. A special resist for paper is required due to the thickness of the liquid wax. Be creative with the items used to apply the resist. It is best to use items that are disposable such as Q-tips, paper towels or cotton balls.
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Things you need
- Card stock or paper
- Wax resist
- Cotton balls
- Paper towels
- Coloured inks
Cover the work area surface with several pieces of newspaper. Place a sheet of card stock or paper on the newspaper.
Dip a cotton ball in the wax resist. Brush the dipped portion of the cotton ball on the surface of the paper. Use a side-to-side stroke so the resist is deposited on the paper in the same direction. Leave voids in the resist so there are areas for the ink to absorb into the paper. Dip the cotton ball into the resist as needed.
Brush a coat of coloured ink over the surface of the paper. Let the ink sit on the paper for 15 seconds. Wipe the surface of the paper with a paper towel.
Dip the cotton ball in the resist. Brush the dipped portion of the cotton ball on the surface of the paper in the opposite direction of the first coat. Continue to use a side-to-side stroke and leave voids in the resist.
Brush a darker ink colour than the first over the surface of the paper. Let the ink sit on the paper for 15 seconds. Wipe the surface of the paper with a paper towel. Repeat the process to add more colours.
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