Recipe for Art - Wax Stained Glass

Last updated: January 2023

Sometimes, those of us with HS are stuck in a loop of depression and inactivity. Art helps us to process our feelings and reprogram our brains better than any marathon of movies or TV shows can. Art is personal, not perfect, and the goal of this piece is not perfection. For this particular project you will need an iron (set on the lowest heat setting), two sheets of wax paper cut to the same size, a fine cheese grater, wax crayons with the paper peeled off, scissors, embroidery floss or wire, a pencil to trace the shape in the paper, and distilled white vinegar and a paper towel for cleanup.

Don't be afraid to get creative

This project moves pretty fast! It takes longer to assemble the necessary items than it does to actually make the finished product - but only if you do the bare minimum. Get creative! Try different color combinations, and notice how the wax melts to a sort of tidal wave under the paper, bubbles and all. This is another project that is meditative and calming. There is something that is very relaxing about making crayon shavings melt under an iron (but not ruining the iron at all!). If you don't like what you've made, don't be afraid to ditch it and try something else!

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