Working on Wax paper

I had a bit of a play with some waxed paper today, from what I can gather its similar to what is called Deli Paper in some parts of the world.  Here in Australia we have waxed paper, that is used to wrap sandwiches, seperate items in the freezer (and many many other uses!!)  We get it in rolls from the supermarket, and its thin, semi transparent and stands up to wet media.  I used the paper side rather than the waxed side.

First I cut pieces of the paper into sheets directly from the roll.

Then I got out my staz on and stamped some text over the whole sheet and let it dry.


I pulled out a stencil which had a good stand alone image.

I found Live Love Laugh TCW467

I used Gloss Gel Medium through the flower portion on this stencil in the 12 x 12 size, with a palette knife.  (make sure you wash the stencil well afterwards.)


 It goes on white like this, but as it dries it starts to go clear.


I gave it a little help along with the heat tool, because I am impatient, but I did leave it sit a bit as well.


Eventually it started to go clear.


Next I added some colour.  I used Shimmerz Paints, with a paint brush instead of as sprays.  Just remove the spray top and dip your paintbrush directly into the paint.


 I just loosely brushed it over the image and allowed the colours touching to blend into another colour.  I chose colours next to each other that I knew would make a pretty colour when mixed (as opposed to mud!)


The paint clung to the gel medium, and resisted off the background.  I didn’t even really try to just colour in the image, I just smooshed it on!

I added some droplets of the colours around the image and then let the whole thing dry.       I used my trusty heat tool again!

Next I needed to cut the piece down to fit inside my book.  (this one is an insert into my Bible)  You could add this to your journal, diary, what every you like!  I just used my paper trimmer

Run a line of tape adhesive down the side that would be sticking in the centre spine, and carefully press it in.


I adore the transparency of this.


The Shimmerz Gives a lovely luminosity.


Hope you will give deli paper or wax paper a try in your multi media work.  It takes paint and mediums really well.  Just keep in mind it is a resist surface, so if your media is really wet, then it will resist.  The gel medium allowed the watery paint to stick in this project.

Have a good creative week!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member


5 thoughts on “Working on Wax paper

  1. The only place I’ve been able to find the wrap is at Coles – they have a Homebrand product. I’ve been experimenting with it, but it doesn’t seem to be as translucent as yours. What are you using?

    1. Hi Liz, I believe it may be some no name brand, but I have had it a long while floating about in the kitchen not really knowing what to use it for, until it moved to my art cupboard!!! I will keep my eye out next time I am at the shops and let you know.

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