Wax Paper Transfer Techniques
Wax paper is the basis for many rainy day projects. Technically speaking, wax paper is a form of parchment, coated with wax to make it moisture resistant. Because of this stick-resistant surface, wax paper works well when applying gentle heat to color in an attempt to transfer it. Wax paper is a favorite among crafters and bakers alike. Whatever project you undertake, wax paper will help you transfer color from one surface to another.
Gloss Medium and Varnish Transfer
A color transfer using a gloss medium and varnish allows you to create images with magazines, newspapers, photographs, photocopies and laser printers as your base source. This process works for either black-and-white or color images. Apply a gloss medium, such as Liquitex, to the surface of the image on a glass palette and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat of the medium and let it sit for two days on the glass.
Use a razor to remove the image from the glass and soak it for 20 minutes in lukewarm water. The color from the picture will stick to the varnish. Rub the paper off the back of your transfer to expose the graphic and soak the remaining image again in water. Blot the wet image with a towel and lay it flat between two pieces of wax paper. Wrap the wax paper with a towel to soak up the moisture. It will take approximately two days to dry between the wax paper.
Once dry, remove the wax paper and reapply the gloss medium to the transfer side of the image. Lay it onto the transfer site, gloss side down and cover it with another sheet of wax paper. Allow the transfer to sit for one day before removing the wax paper.
Applying bits of crayon onto wax paper provides a simple form of color transfer. Shave crayons in a variety of colors and spread them across the surface of the wax paper. Place a second sheet of wax paper on top of the color shavings. Lay newspaper on the top sheet of wax paper then iron across the newspaper. The iron should be set at the lowest-possible setting. Press the iron over the transfer site while applying even pressure. The hot iron will melt the wax in the crayon onto the wax paper. All the colors to cool before removing the top piece of wax paper then flip the paper with the melted color onto the transfer site. Lay newspaper over the back of the wax paper and iron the color onto the transfer surface, which may be heavy paper or even another piece of wax paper.
Wax Paper Symetrical Transfer
You can use the wax paper to transfer color to itself. Take the paper and color a picture using regular crayons. Make something with symmetry, like a tree, a flower or grass. Fold the paper down the center to divide the picture into two sections that press together. Iron one side of the folder paper, colors still pressed together. While the paper is still warm, pull it open. The colors will smear, mix and blur to create a work of art.
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