Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wax & Watercolor


I was going through a box recently and found this bookmark that I made from one of B's wax and watercolor drawings a long time ago. Maybe you already know about this technique, but if not it's a fun one:

Wax & Watercolor Resist
  1. Start with watercolor paper or a heavier art paper that is suitable for watercolors
  2. Draw on the paper with crayons
  3. Watercolor over the top of the crayons...the wax will resist the watercolor
These drawings are super colorful and make fun bookmarks, cards, etc. You can also sprinkle the wet watercolors with Kosher salt, let the paper fully dry, and then brush off the salt for another cool effect.

14 comments:

Lorie said...

I love the idea of making it into a bookmark! I now know what my next project with my daughter will be!!

Mimi Sue said...

A couple of years ago I took a watercolor painting class. We did both of those techniques and it was so fun. I never thought of bookmarks or cards. Great idea. Mimi

Tina said...

These would make awesome gifts for your child's friends at school at the holidays. Or stocking stuffers for family. There is probably an obvious answer to this question, but how do you laminate the bookmark? Is that something you can do at home, or do you have to go to an office supply store or what? I've always wondered that.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Hi Tina...the bookmark above is actually in a plastic sleeve (if you Google for bookmark sleeves there are quite a few places that sell them online) but you could take it to an office supply store to laminate, or even laminate it with wide shipping tape.

Tina said...

Wow, I did not even realize bookmark sleeves existed, LOL! What a great idea. I envision a whole new bookmark-y world opening up for me.

Jo said...

I bought a personal laminator (fairly inexpensive and easy to find). I use it on everything! I can't wait to try this technique on some luggage tags that I can then laminate. If you used clear wax, could you then scrape it off to reveal the paper color beneath? I might try it and see what happens.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I can't wait to try this with my niece and nephews. I'll be linking to this as well.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Jo...sounds like a fun experiement!

Rachel...thanks for the link!

Christina said...

We are going to do this today after school!

Christina said...

We made them and they were a lot of fun! I posted about them: http://thisgirlbeads.blogspot.com/

:)

jess @ lost button studio said...

Christina...very cute! Thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess,
Does the heat lamination process melt the wax? I want to laminate some coloured (Australian English spelling!)beeswax crayon drawings, but am concerned that the heat may melt/blur the images.
Thanks,
Suzy in Oz

jess @ lost button studio said...

Hi Suzy in Oz...thanks for your comment! I haven't tried heat laminating the wax and watercolor paper. The bookmark above is actually in a plastic sleeve. If you try it and it doesn't work you could laminate both sides with wide shipping tape.

Miss said...

I did this activity with my Grade 1 art class- they really enjoyed it and they turned out great! Instead of wax crayons we used oil pastels. I laminated mine and ours didn't melt. You can see ours here: http://afaithfulattempt.blogspot.com/2011/01/wax-resist-bookmarks.html

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