Wax has been used in making art and crafts for centuries. It’s made by bees to create their honeycombs and is also made from plants or chemicals. Wax can be carved and molded to create sculptures and models. When it’s heated it becomes liquid and can be used in many ways. It’s used in candles with fragrances and colored pigments are often added. When heated, bees wax can be mixed with colored pigments and used like paint to create what is called “encaustic” paintings.
One of the oldest-known painting techniques, dating back to 100 AD, this Indonesian fabric-printing technique called “batik” uses melted wax to paint designs on textiles. After the wax is cooled, the fabrics are then dyed and painted. Finally, the dried fabrics are ironed between pieces of brown paper that absorb the wax, leaving the design un-dyed and the fabric soft. Crayons are a perfect way to make drawings and designs on fabric. Check out our Prismatic Owl Friend project for details. For our project today we mixed a few techniques and came up with a new use for our KID MADE MODERN rainbow-colored gem crayon!