Wax Paper Resist Background Technique

I love art and art techniques that allow me to use random household items. There’s something gratifying about it. You don’t have to go out to buy anything special plus the neat fact that something that usually lives in the kitchen drawer can produce such cool art effects.


And today, I’m going to show you how to make a fun resist background using wax paper and spray inks.


This technique does require a little bit extra set up, however. Ironing is involved so you might need a board or whatever you use to iron on.



Wax paper resist for mixed media art




+ an iron




First, grab yourself a piece of wax paper.


How to use wax paper for art

You want wax paper and not parchment paper. Parchment paper is lined with silicone, making it good for baking. But we want the wax on wax paper to melt off of it. Plus, it's waxed on both sides, making it twice as usable.


Then we're going to crumple it into a ball.


Wax paper art technique


And then uncrumple it.


Create art with wax paper


Now we're going to layer it with card stock onto our ironing boards - card stock first, then the wax paper...


Art technique using wax paper



And then another piece of card stock.


Wax paper and paper resist technique


Grab your heated iron and start ironing the top piece of card stock.


Iron wax paper for art technique


Get to as close as you feel comfortable to the edges and corners. just remember that if you iron on the wax paper, you'll get wax on your iron.


That's why I got myself a little craft iron. Isn't it cute? Not that I iron clothes at all anyway, haha.


Using wax paper and an iron for art technique


When you're done, neither piece of card stock isn't going to look much different, so don't worry.


However, once you start spraying your ink...


Resist art using wax paper


...you'll start seeing the wax resist patterns.



Wax paper resist art

Resist technique using wax paper


Neat huh?


And since you have two pieces of waxed card stock, you get to do it twice!


I tried doing this technique using gloss paper, but I didn't think it turned out as well. At least, it was harder to see the resist patterns.


Glossy paper wax resist


Wax paper resist technique examples






Wax paper resist for mixed media paper art
background technique using wax paper resist.


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