Introduction: How to Make Wax Paint

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Can you combine wax with oil paint? Yes, you can and it's actually really cool. All you need for this project is some oil paint (regular workshop oil paint like the kind you paint wood or metal with) and some beeswax. Making wax paint is really simple, and the result is quite interesting.

Step 1: What You'll Need


  • Oil Paint
  • Beeswax


  • Glass mason jars, or metal containers (a container that can handle heat)
  • Stove top
  • Pot (with water)
  • Plastic spoons, or something else disposable to measure and stir with

Step 2: Method

First of all, pour some oil based paint in some glass mason jars, or some metal containers. Secondly, add some beeswax, either melted or cut up in small pieces. I used plastic spoons here to measure, which is great if you're making a small amount because then you can just throw the spoon out when you're done and you don't have to worry about cleaning it.


Now, I started with a ratio of 1 part beeswax to 4 parts paint, which works nicely, however you can always up the wax ratio for a stiffer product, or reduce it for a softer consistency.

Double Boiler

Now start a pot of water with about an inch of water, slowly start a simmer. Add your jar, and make sure the water isn't boiling because you want no water in your product. Stir constantly until the wax completely dissolves and the paint and the wax combines. Repeat with your other jars.

Step 3: Painting


Let the wax paint cool for about 30 minutes to let it set up (the paint needs to cool and the wax needs to solidify).


Now you have a wax paint, which is easiest applied with a cloth or a paper towel, make sure you wear gloves. Put it on and wipe off any excess.

Now what's so cool about this is how you have instantly dry oil paint, and a really cool surface, which feels rather waxy, it's rather matte, it's very interesting. Now I don't know exactly where you would use this, but I just think it's kind of cool that you can make it, and that it turns out this nice.

Step 4: Conclusion - Watch the Video

For a more in-depth look (and for some really cool visuals!) make sure to check out the video!