In this how-to, learn how to create a marvelous mixed-media painting

The fact that wax cannot absorb water can be used when painting to mask out areas of the paper or the color beneath, and to create interesting textures.

Paint applied over a crayon drawing will settle around the drawing without staying on the waxy crayon image. This technique is used in pottery, painting, and even Easter eggs!

You will need:

  • paper
  • small bowl of water
  • wax crayons
  • paintbrush
  • watercolour paints


  1. Draw with wax crayons, pressing down hard enough to make a clear defined line. Bright or light-coloured crayons work best.
  2. Wet a paintbrush and swirl the wet brush in the paint. Paint over your wax drawing. The wax will resist the paint, causing the design to “pop out” in the painting. Use as many colours as you like to make it your very own masterpiece!
  3. Lay flat or hang to dry.

An example of wax resist technique. Creations like the one above are made in various Arts Umbrella Visual Arts classes.