How to Do Wax Painting


The ancient Greeks and Egyptians developed encaustic, or wax painting, by using colored pigments mixed with beeswax. Modern methods of wax painting include using a domestic iron as your paintbrush. Wax painting is a rewarding hobby for people with an eye for color.

Things You'll Need

  • Colored wax
  • Iron
  • Thick, non-absorbent card
  • Heat source such as a hair dryer or heat gun
  • Bristle brushes and palette knives (optional)
  • Place a few colors of wax on your iron at one time. This should begin to melt the wax.

  • Move your iron around over your card, or other surface material, to make a variety of designs. The iron is like your paint brush. Certain ways you move the iron can create different textures in the wax. Once you find a design you like, stop.

  • Try a different approach and do the entire painting using the same patterns with your iron. Vary your movement of the iron and you vary your pattern. Put the painting together by changing patterns and colors.

  • Add details to your painting by drawing with a controlled heat source. Create mountains or grass with the edge of the iron and draw details with the tip. Try using a soldering iron, hot plate, hair dryer or hot air paint stripper for different designs. Many appliances can work as long as you can control the heat.

  • Use warm bristle brushes or palette knives to add more detail to the design.

  • Polish your painting when you're finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use palette knives for fast cleanup of the wax and of the heat source once it's cooled down.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Do a Brazilian Wax

  • How to Do a Wax Sculpture

    Wax has been used as a medium for sculpture since the ancient Egyptians used it to make death portraits and sacred images....

  • How to Make Wax

    Wax is used for all different types of products. Perhaps the most popular product that people sometimes make for themselves that uses...

  • How to Do Encaustic Painting

    Encaustic painting, or painting in wax, predates oil painting. Encaustic portraits dated from 100 B.C. to 200 A.D. are extant from ancient...

  • How to Make Cheese Wax

    If you're planning on making your own aged cheese, you will need to coat it with cheese wax to prevent mold from...

  • How to French Paint Furniture

    Transform your ordinary wood furniture into French flea market-style "antiques" with a bit of paint and simple finishing techniques. According to Better...

  • How to Make a Wax Resist Watercolor Painting With Children

    Wax-resist watercolor enables the painter to create stunning results with little or no watercolor painting experience. It is an easy activity for...

Related Searches

Check It Out

12 Tiki Essentials to Turn Your Bar Cart Into a Tropical Paradise

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!