Wax Relief Painting with Kids



This Wax Relief Painting with Kids is such a fun indoor project, and they take so much pride in seeing it hanging in the house! This can be done with the earliest of painters (as you can see) to the more advanced.

What You Need:

Wax Relief Supplies

  • Small Canvas
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wax (I used beeswax, but even a candle could be used)
  • An old pot to melt the wax
  • Water-Based Paint (I recommend washable kids paints)

Melting Wax

The first step is to paint the canvas a solid background color and allow it to dry fully.

Then melt about 1-2 tablespoons of wax in a pot (you can see this old pot is used exclusively for art projects.)

Wax on Canvas

You can use a stencil or freehand a design with the wax onto the canvas. I made a flower petal design, which matched the room we were hanging it in.

Make sure the wax is applied in a thick raised coat (use a cheap brush that you can throw away after).


When the wax is dry, you can allow the little artist to go to town with paints on the canvas!

Before Outline

The water and wax resist one another and the image shows through. I scraped off the wax (use your nails or corner of a credit card). The lines of the wax image are not always perfect.


As a final touch, I outlined the wax petals in a dark color paint, to make them really pop out. I also used that same color around the sides of the canvas. This beauty is hanging on our wall now, for all to see 🙂

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  1. Sonja Campbell says

    Look at how big he’s getting! Such a handsome little man 🙂
    I love this idea, Kim. We’ll have to try it and send you pics of our results.
    Can you text me your number again, please? In the mix of everything I lost it. I really want to go with you and our kids to the zoo this year. Let me know if that works for you and hubby.

    Totus tuus, Maria

  2. JES says

    What a great thing to share art and creativity with your children! Wonderful project! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! We are glad to have you 🙂

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