Smiling like Sunshine: Experimenting with candle wax and water colours

Friday, 9 September 2011

Experimenting with candle wax and water colours

Today's craft is inspired by one of my favorite blogs: Playing by the Book. I recently borrowed some of the books Zoe has reviewed. One of these books is Box of Tricks by Katie Cleminson.
Zoe and her daughters made beautiful pictures inspired by this book which I thought Defne would love as well.
Defne loves candles so when I told her that we would use a candle to make a picture she was delighted.
So, I let Defne drip wax on the paper. At first sight she was afraid of the flame but then I showed her how to hold the candle safely (a tall candle helps) and then she was ready to go.

She then painted her picture using water colours. These days she loves painting with watercolours so she was very happy with it.

I really like the gorgeous pictures Zoe's daughters made using watercolour paper and pipettes. Have added them on my shopping list already. I will definitely buy them for Defne and see what she has to create!


  1. Cool idea, thank you! Will try (cautiously) with my girls - they love anything to do with chaos, candles and fire.

  2. Oh, how brilliant! It looks great. Have you tried "plicking" off any of the dried wax? That also looks quite good as then there are these blank circles surrounded by paint. Thanks so much for letting me know you did this.

  3. That's a good idea! You could go one step further and let her "design" with candle wax on a piece of cloth, then dye it, once it's been dyed, iron the cloth under some paper or an old towel to remove the wax, a little piece of home made batic! Emma :)

  4. This is a great activity. I imagine the children would be completely transfixed by the fire aspect! Thanks.

  5. @Rachel, I'm sure Ana will love this!
    @Zoe,you are welcome.You are such an inspiration!
    @Emma, great idea! Thanks!

  6. What fun! I love this idea! We will have to try this art project soon! Now to pick up some long candles!

  7. What a fun idea! I lack creativity in the art department, so I'm thankful for inspiration from crafty mamas like yourself and I know my daughter will benefit from it!

  8. What a cool idea! I'll have to file this one away for when Baby is older.

  9. What a great idea. These pictures look great. x


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