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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Magic Painting! - Secret writing! - Wax resist painting!

Hey everyone, Ranon here! I had the idea for this post a little while ago when Kim from Stoopidgerl (Handmade Resin Jewelry and Photography) described her daughter Chloe's very cute confusion upon using the white crayon for the first time.

Have you ever wondered about that mysterious white crayon? The one that is always left over, even after all of the other colours have turned to stubs?... The one that 'doesn't work' no matter how hard you scribble with it?

I'll let you in on a little secret...

...The white crayon actually has a far more interesting and important reason for existing, there's a good reason why it's still present in every good packet of crayons despite being rejected by children the world over...

...The mysterious white crayon is every Secret Agent and Super Hero's best friend, it slips across a piece of paper un-noticed. Writing private messages, sketching out top secret treasure maps, and drawing up hidden plans. Messages, maps, and plans that no one else can see unless they know the key to unlocking the power of the white crayon.


This piece of paper is blank, apart from a little pink heart in the corner.

But it's not blank!

The pink heart is a red herring!

This piece of blank paper is actually covered with a little drawing, and a message!

In order to unleash the hidden items, you will need some watercolours (these work BEST), or any waterbased paint that has been diluted. (I used acrylic here because I couldn't find my watercolours.)

Take a paint brush and sweep the watery paint across the blank paper, and watch as the wax resists the water, pushing it away so it only sticks to the paper.


As acrylic paint is quite heavy, it takes a few seconds to be pulled away from the wax, so you might have to wait a few seconds for the images to appear. However if you have used watercolours, you will see an instant, and much crisper result.

You can paint over any colour crayons, they'll still show through. But only the white can truely hide on the white paper.

You could write two messages, one visible and one invisible to confuse anyone who may try to intercept your secret messages! They'll only see the one you want them to see, and think there's nothing important on there whatsoever!


There's no end to what you can do with this technique. Use orange, green, and yellow crayon to draw exploding fireworks... then watch them pop in the night sky as you flood the paper with the black paint.

You could make an underwater scene, bright multicoloured fish, crabs, and seahorses. Wash over with a dark blue or green instead of black to create an underwater effect. Don't forget the white crayon to draw in the air bubbles!

I would LOVE to see what anyone creates after reading this, so please post your artwork to the Modern Rosies Facebook page!



Ranon LaZombie is on the path to world domination via the medium of cute zombies, and owner of Rocky the Zombie designs

1 comment:

  1. Love it! We do this on easter eggs when we color them! Draw on them with a white crayon, then color them, and the design shows up.

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