ArtDisasterFilter: How do I get wax out of my paper-and-watercolor art project?
November 13, 2010 5:33 PM Subscribe
ArtDisasterFilter: How do I get wax out of my paper-and-watercolor art project? (Details inside)
posted by HenryGale to media & arts (12 answers total)
My wife is working on an ongoing project that involves covering many small pieces of paper pretty thoroughly with watercolor paint, setting the paper aside to dry, and then assembling into the finished product.
She's laid them out on paper toweling before and had problems with the towels sticking, so we had what we thought was a brain-wave. Wax paper! Ta-da!
Except, not so much. The sticking, still there. And this time, it's pulling a fine layer of wax off of the paper, which is now sticking to the watercolor and threatening to send the whole project to the garbage bin.
Help me save $50 and about six hours of my wife's work.. How do we get the wax off?
Tried so far:
Rewetting the paint and smooshing it around finger-pant style: Worked a little, but still too ugly to use.
Rewetting the paint and smooshing it around with the brush: Oddly, a little less effective than fingerpainting.
Painting over the wax: Nope, watercolor's too thin. Pretty much zero difference.
Ironing: This is of course the classic trick to getting rid of wax. We've sandwiched the painted paper pieces between paper towels and ironed, but the wax will not transfer to the paper towel. Ditto with brown paper.
What haven't we tried? Help make me a hero and save this project!