Wax Resist Technique

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art here to show you a fun technique that you can do with Yasutomo’s Authentic Chinese Watercolors.  This is a great technique to use in your art journal – the possibilities are endless!

You will need:

*Yasutomo Authentic Chinese Watercolors

*Niji Waterbrush

*Watercolor paper or sketchbook/art journal

*Wax Paper


Step One: Place a piece of wax paper on top of your watercolor paper or sketchbook page.  Draw some shapes or a pattern with a regular pencil (a regular wooden pencil works better than a mechanical pencil, since you can press harder).  Press hard so that the wax from the wax paper will transfer onto your paper surface.

Step Two: Choose your watercolor from the set.  I used #55, light green, since it’s one of my favorites.

Step Three: Squeeze some of the watercolor onto a palette.  Using your Niji waterbrush filled with water, add a few drops of water to the color to thin it down, then mix it up a bit.
Step Four: Paint over the area where you had previously transferred wax paper to your watercolor paper surface.  You will find that the wax from the wax paper acts as a resist!
There are so many fun uses for this technique!  I hope you will enjoy using it in your artwork.

2 thoughts on “Wax Resist Technique

  1. Great idea. I have always used white crayons and oil pastels to create a resist but never thought I had the perfect solution in my kitchen drawer!

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