Wax resist surfaces on paper and fabric with Amarjeet Nandhra

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About this course

A mixed media workshop investigating the different ways hot wax can be used on paper and fabric: as a resist to create surface decoration and a medium to alter the structure of a surface working on paper or fabric.

Course Description

During this mixed media workshop, you will investigate the different ways hot wax can be used on paper and fabric: as a resist to create surface decoration and as a medium to alter the structure of a surface.

Initially, you will explore pattern and mark-making using a range of wax resist techniques such as tjanting, brush marks, crackle and object resists. Layering these different processes will create a range of exciting coloured papers and fabrics.

These decorated papers and fabrics will provide the starting point for your investigations into creating two-dimensional and small three-dimensional work. Once the substrate has been decorated with abstract marks, you will experiment with building up layers of wax to stiffen the paper and fabric so that it will hold its shape. Stitch and/or wire will also be used to manipulate and construct these samples.

Personal research (sketchbooks, photographs,) could provide the stimulus for these experiments. However, if you wish to explore a freer approach, you could experiment with different tools and processes and allow these to inform your samples. The development of ideas will be supported by individual tutorials to discuss your pathways and possible future directions you could take.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Some of the materials required will be supplied for workshop use, including wax (bees and paraffin pellets) and drawing inks in a range of colours.

What students need to bring

  • A small selection of threads of any colour , but needs to be strong e.g. linen, bookbinding thread etc
  • A sewing kit – needles, scissors
  • A range of light to medium weight fabrics; silk, cotton, printed (small quantities, bring what you have)
  • A variety of papers including brown wrapping paper, tissue paper, pages from books, old envelopes, bleached paper, burned paper , cartridge etc
  • Wire – any type that you already have
  • Masking tape
  • 2-3 Bulldog clips
  • Tjantings (some available to borrow)
  • Cheap brushes for waxing and painting
  • Kitchen paper towel
  • Paper fasteners (split pins)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A range of fabrics
  • A range of papers including newsprint
  • Cheap paint brushes to use with drawing ink
  • Masking tape

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). There may be possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence.


Amarjeet Nandhra

Amarjeet Nandhra

Amarjeet Nandhra is a practising artist, working with print, mixed media and stitch. Trained in Graphic Communication, later gaining a BA in Creative Arts. She has also worked as an Art Director on various independent short films. As a freelance tutor she has taught a range of courses; printmaking, mixed media and textiles in the UK and Spain.


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