Waxed paper is the basis for many rainy day projects. Technically speaking, waxed paper is a form of parchment, coated with wax to make it moisture resistant. Because of this stick-resistant surface, waxed paper works well when applying gentle heat to colour in an attempt to transfer it. Waxed paper is a favourite among crafters and bakers alike. Whatever project you undertake, waxed paper will help you transfer colour from one surface to another.
Gloss Medium and Varnish Transfer
A colour transfer using a gloss medium and varnish allows you to create images with magazines, newspapers, photographs, photocopies and laser printers as your base source. This process works for either black-and-white or colour images. Apply a gloss medium, such as Liquitex, to the surface of the image on a glass palette and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat of the medium and let it sit for two days on the glass.
Use a razor to remove the image from the glass and soak it for 20 minutes in lukewarm water. The colour from the picture will stick to the varnish. Rub the paper off the back of your transfer to expose the graphic and soak the remaining image again in water. Blot the wet image with a towel and lay it flat between two pieces of waxed paper. Wrap the waxed paper with a towel to soak up the moisture. It will take approximately two days to dry between the waxed paper.
Once dry, remove the waxed paper and reapply the gloss medium to the transfer side of the image. Lay it onto the transfer site, gloss side down and cover it with another sheet of waxed paper. Allow the transfer to sit for one day before removing the waxed paper.
Applying bits of crayon onto waxed paper provides a simple form of colour transfer. Shave crayons in a variety of colours and spread them across the surface of the waxed paper. Place a second sheet of waxed paper on top of the colour shavings. Lay newspaper on the top sheet of waxed paper then iron across the newspaper. The iron should be set at the lowest-possible setting. Press the iron over the transfer site while applying even pressure. The hot iron will melt the wax in the crayon onto the waxed paper. All the colours to cool before removing the top piece of waxed paper then flip the paper with the melted colour onto the transfer site. Lay newspaper over the back of the waxed paper and iron the colour onto the transfer surface, which may be heavy paper or even another piece of waxed paper.
Waxed Paper Symetrical Transfer
You can use the waxed paper to transfer colour to itself. Take the paper and colour a picture using regular crayons. Make something with symmetry, like a tree, a flower or grass. Fold the paper down the centre to divide the picture into two sections that press together. Iron one side of the folder paper, colours still pressed together. While the paper is still warm, pull it open. The colours will smear, mix and blur to create a work of art.
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