Wax paper Resist

Art Activities for Kids ~ Wax Paper Resist

We have been exploring a new art technique, and loving it.  I am all about simple art projects for kids, and love finding new ways to encourage kids to be creative!  My kids had fun exploring and creating amazing patterns with our simple wax paper resist!  The results are amazing!

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

 

I am thrilled to be a part of a new art series all about exploring easy art projects for kids.   Did you see all the amazing watercolors posts that were shared last week?  I can’t believe all the talented and creative women in this group.

This week we are focusing on resist art for kids (I’ve included links to all the participating blogs at the end of this post).

 

Wax Paper Resist Art for Kids

We’ve tried a number of different resist techniques on Housing A Forest and love them all.  Have you tried using oil pastels and watercolors; drizzling or painting with rubber cement or the classic favorite a simple white crayon?  They are all simple techniques that are perfect for little fingers.  However, today we are trying something new, and I have to say it may be my new favorite way to create a resist.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

Wax Paper Resist Supplies:

  • Wax Paper ~ the stuff that is in your kitchen drawer
  • Iron ~ set it to a dry setting (NO steam)
  • Ironing board or heat resistant surface
  • Glossy White Paper ~ regular printer paper will work too, but the results will be less vibrant.
  • Spray Bottles filled with Liquid Watercolors or food coloring
  • Shallow plastic bin to contain the mess (optional)

Have the kids crumple the wax paper into a ball and then flatten it out.  We took 2 different approaches to how we crumpled the wax paper.  You can either make a ball, or make calculated folds (like origami).  You will see that both produce beautiful results.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

(Please take precautions when using a hot iron with kids.  You know your kids the best, so use your best judgement and be safe) 

Next, sandwich the piece of wax paper between 2 pieces of glossy white paper.  Make sure the glossy side is facing in.

My kids enjoy using the Iron under close supervision.  For this project, they ironed the paper layers by slowly moving the iron back and forth.  Make sure they keep the iron moving, or you will over melt the wax paper.  We used a similar technique when making our Watercolor Crayon Shavings.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

Sorry this is not a great image, but you get the idea.

This is what the paper looks like in the sunlight after it has been ironed.  You can see the faint waxy pattern that was transferred.  Instead of simply crumpling the paper this time, my son cut circles and then made calculated folds.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

Colorful Resist patterns

Ready to make your beautiful resist pattern pop?

Once the ironing is complete, place it glossy side up in the bin.  This will help contain the colorful spray.  Randomly spray watercolors over the entire paper.  The pattern left behind from the wax paper will begin to emerge as the paper is covered in bright spray.  Magic!

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

 I love the beautiful organic resist patterns left behind from the wax paper.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

There were lots of giggles as the patterns appeared.  I have to admit, I was giggling right along with them.  The patterns are so beautiful!

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

This resist technique is commonly used for making card backgrounds.  I attended a workshop years ago, which is where I first learned about creating a wax paper resist background.  Until then, I had no idea that wax paper could be so beautiful.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

The image below was created using calculated circle folds (like origami).  Amazing!  We will be exploring this technique further.  It was so easy and the kids loved the process.

Art Activities for kids ~ simple process art using a fun wax paper resist technique

Ready to be inspired?  For more Art Activities for Kids, check out:

Tape Resist Art on Foil from Learn Play Imagine

Splatter Paint and Tape Resist from Buggy and Buddy

Watercolor Resist Easter Egg Garland from Fun At Home With Kids

 Clay Resist  from Babble Dabble Do

Resist Art Project: Andy Warhol from Art History Mom

Fabric Resist Art Pillows from Meri Cherry

Resist Art Stepping Stones from Twodaloo

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15 thoughts on “Wax paper Resist

  1. Silly question, I think? When you iron it between two sheets of wax paper, does the wax go onto both sheets of paper, or is wax paper only waxy on one side? (I should know the answer to that but I don’t!)

  2. 1, Great tute. How long does it take to dry? I don’t see any info-i am curious.

    2. Do you “heat set” with paper layer between/under or etc?
    3. Have you thought of doing what you did, and then, while wet, pressing white cotton fabric on top of the wax paper for a type of “reverse monoprint?” Probably want to head set that one. I am a fabric dyer. That is why I asked. Lovely technique.

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