Amy recently posted a video about watercolor resist with beeswax. I could point you to the video, but it was part of her artfire/newsletter/thing and therefore secret unless you sign up for it. Which you should.
Anyway, it looked like an awful lot of fun, so I decided to play too. Only I didn’t have a melting pot. Or beeswax. Or the right kind of paper. Or an awake baby who would let me rush out and acquire these things. So I figured I’d try with stuff I do have – plain Shabbat candles (presumably made of paraffin wax) and my usual wax setup on the stove.
That’s a baking sheet upside down over a low burner. (I always flip it upside down so that I don’t get wax on the part that will be used for baking. It probably wouldn’t be a problem, but why take the chance?) I hold the paper on the tray with a couple of magnets and draw slowly with the candle, so it melts. Very easy.
I used a painting I found on Pinterest some time ago as my inspiration:
And I just drew designs with the wax. Then I watercolored it. The wax resisted the color beautifully, which was quite fun. I’d gotten the blue blending to green and was considering whether I sould stick with those colors or add more when I remembered that the theme at Butterfly Effect this week is rainbow, so I went with it.
Then I melted wax over the whole thing and crumpled it, to get the batik effect. But it tore! I smoothed it out and painted it anyway, but it was rather a failure. Perhaps the paper was too thick, or the wax too hard, or the heat let the wax penetrate deeper than it should for batik…I don’t know.
Sadness and woe. I’ll iron the wax out at some point and cut it up for collage or something. Or just pitch it.
Anyway, I went back and redid the parts that I liked, and this is my final piece:
I quite like it, really. I might do a couple more, and play around a bit, especially with the lines. They’re done in fine-tip Sharpie. Might even be worth putting for sale on zibbet if I use paper that isn’t torn at the top. The white edge was accidental (a bit of wax fell and melted) and sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. Probably it would work better going all the way around.