Watercolor Wax Resist Painting Tutorial

May 21, 2022


Welcome to the Watercolor Wax Resist Painting Tutorial brought to you by The Poker Club at West Houston. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating stunning watercolor artworks using wax resist techniques.

Understanding Wax Resist

Wax resist is an excellent technique used in watercolor painting to preserve areas of the paper from being painted, creating a beautiful contrast and texture. By applying wax or a similar resist medium, you can create interesting effects and highlight specific areas of your artwork.

Materials You Will Need

Before we dive into the tutorial, let's gather the necessary materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints (a wide range of colors)
  • Paintbrushes of different sizes
  • White wax crayon or candle
  • Masking tape
  • Water container
  • Palette or mixing tray
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper towels

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace

Start by setting up your workspace. Ensure you have enough lighting and a clean, flat surface to work on. Tape your watercolor paper onto a board or any sturdy surface using masking tape to prevent it from buckling during the painting process.

Step 2: Sketch Your Design

Using a pencil, lightly sketch your design on the watercolor paper. It's recommended to keep the sketch simple and focus on the areas where you want to apply the wax resist. This will help in planning your composition and ensure better precision.

Step 3: Apply Wax Resist

Take the white wax crayon or candle and rub it over the areas where you want to preserve the paper from being painted. Apply the wax in thin or thick strokes, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Don't worry about being too precise at this stage; the wax will repel the watercolor paint.

Step 4: Prepare Your Watercolors

Now it's time to prepare your watercolors. Squeeze out a small amount of each color you plan to use on your palette or mixing tray. Add water to each color and mix well until you achieve the desired consistency.

Step 5: Paint with Watercolors

Dip your paintbrush into one of your chosen watercolors and begin painting around the areas where you applied the wax resist. Since the wax repels the paint, you'll notice the colors flowing around the waxed sections.

Step 6: Experiment with Techniques

Feel free to experiment with different watercolor techniques, such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, or layering colors. The wax resist areas will stay untouched, allowing you to create interesting textures and highlights in your artwork.

Step 7: Remove Wax Resist

Once your painting is dry, gently rub off the wax using a clean cloth or paper towel. Take your time and be careful not to damage the watercolor surface. As you remove the wax, the preserved areas will reveal themselves, enhancing the overall visual appeal of your artwork.

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Congratulations! You've completed the Watercolor Wax Resist Painting Tutorial. By applying wax resist techniques, you can create stunning watercolor artworks with unique textures and highlights. Remember to experiment, have fun, and let your creativity flourish. Join The Poker Club at West Houston to take your painting skills to the next level. Happy painting!

The tutorial has motivated me to experiment with wax resist and watercolor.
Nov 2, 2023
Rob Ott
I appreciate the detailed instructions provided in this tutorial.
Nov 1, 2023
Kamal Deshapriya
I appreciate the thorough breakdown of the wax resist painting process.
Oct 26, 2023
Darshan Ranjit
The tutorial provides a wealth of knowledge on watercolor wax resist painting. Thank you!
Oct 19, 2023
Stephen Byrne
The tutorial's visuals are very helpful in understanding the process.
Oct 15, 2023
Omprakash Meena
The tutorial inspires me to incorporate wax resist into my watercolor art projects.
Oct 5, 2023
Dean Steele
I've never thought to combine wax and watercolor before, but this tutorial has piqued my interest.
Oct 1, 2023
Jim Imbrie
I look forward to incorporating wax resist into my own watercolor artworks.
Sep 21, 2023
Valerie Hayes
I'm eager to implement the wax resist technique in my future watercolor artworks.
Aug 23, 2023
Mo Auster
The tutorial's guidance makes it less intimidating for beginners to try out this painting technique.
Aug 18, 2023
Lauren Pierson
This tutorial has reignited my passion for watercolor art through the innovative use of wax resist.
Aug 15, 2023
Zo Fo
The wax resist technique adds a layer of depth and complexity to watercolor paintings.
Aug 6, 2023
Sachin Monga
Great tutorial! Can't wait to give this technique a try.
Jul 21, 2023
Jahib Abdull
The tutorial brings a fresh perspective to traditional watercolor painting techniques.
Jun 29, 2023
Jessica Harris
I enjoy experimenting with different watercolor techniques, and this tutorial provides a fresh perspective.
Jun 21, 2023
Kevin Raymer
The wax resist technique adds a fascinating aspect to traditional watercolor painting.
May 20, 2023
Houlden Kevin
The use of wax resist adds an interesting dimension to watercolor painting.
May 1, 2023
Gerti Pellumbi
I'm inspired to try wax resist painting after reading this tutorial.
Apr 23, 2023
Shinichiro Hayashi
The wax resist technique offers a new way to create beautiful watercolor effects.
Apr 18, 2023
Ivan Smalle
The process of using wax to repel watercolor is truly fascinating.
Apr 2, 2023
Cliff Lusso
The tutorial's visuals provide clarity on the wax resist painting process.
Mar 27, 2023
Rich Sheiman
The tutorial's step-by-step instructions make it easy to dive into the world of wax resist painting.
Mar 8, 2023
Barry Holland
I never knew watercolor wax resist painting could produce such beautiful results.
Feb 11, 2023
Cyndi Shrm-Cp
This tutorial makes watercolor wax resist painting approachable and fun for artists of all levels.
Jan 6, 2023
Jeff Dedering
The tutorial's practical tips are invaluable for anyone interested in watercolor wax resist painting.
Jan 1, 2023
Chuck Atkinson
The step-by-step approach makes it easy to grasp the wax resist painting process.
Dec 2, 2022
Helen Becz
The combination of wax and watercolor creates a unique and captivating effect.
Nov 22, 2022
Nigel Plows
The use of wax resist in watercolor allows for endless creative possibilities.
Nov 17, 2022
Thomas Zarycki
The tutorial's insights offer a fresh perspective on how wax resist can elevate watercolor artworks.
Nov 14, 2022
Luis Rosario
I appreciate the thorough explanation of the wax resist painting process.
Nov 13, 2022
The combination of wax and watercolor creates a beautiful contrast in the artwork.
Nov 11, 2022
Phyllis Rich
The creativity involved in watercolor wax resist painting is truly inspiring.
Oct 5, 2022
Kevin Goddard
The tutorial's guidance has sparked my curiosity in exploring wax resist painting further.
Sep 30, 2022
Ronnie Whaley
I look forward to experimenting with wax resist to create new and captivating watercolor effects.
Sep 8, 2022
Akosua Asamoah
I've discovered a newfound interest in wax resist techniques thanks to this tutorial.
Aug 31, 2022
Barbara Townsend
I've always been curious about wax resist techniques and this tutorial provides a comprehensive guide.
Aug 23, 2022
Brian Bagwell
I'm excited to explore the possibilities of wax resist painting.
Aug 20, 2022
I'm enthralled by the idea of using wax to create intricate designs in watercolor paintings.
Aug 9, 2022
Susan Garske
The tutorial serves as a valuable resource for artists seeking to explore the world of wax resist painting.
Aug 8, 2022
Kimberly Bell
I never knew the potential of wax resist techniques until I read this tutorial.
Aug 7, 2022
Debra Rathert
The tutorial's insights provide a fresh perspective on watercolor wax resist painting.
Aug 3, 2022
Michael Mankes
I'm eager to witness the magic that comes from combining wax resist and watercolor techniques.
Aug 1, 2022
Walt Sparling
This tutorial is perfect for beginners looking to explore new painting techniques.
Jul 11, 2022
Jesse Amos
The tutorial's guidance encourages me to explore my creativity through wax resist techniques.
Jul 9, 2022
Jessica Schumacher
The ability to repel watercolor with wax opens up endless creative possibilities.
Jun 29, 2022
David Facchini
The use of wax resist adds an element of surprise and intrigue to watercolor artworks.
Jun 10, 2022
Annetta Li
I admire the way wax resist can add depth and complexity to watercolor paintings.
Jun 3, 2022