Sugar and Wax Resist Painting {Tutorial}

We need some cards to send to a few immediate family members for Mawlid al Nabi next week. We had tried watercolor wax resist before and decided to see what would happen if we substituted sugar and frosting for watercolor.


It was finger licking good!


Just kidding, I would not recommend eating these cards, however, if you were to accidentally get paint on your fingers, you can lick it off. Yum!



Watercolor paper
Gel frosting
Paint palette
Warm water

Draw out your design with crayons on the watercolor paper.  We wrote Salaam, the Arabic word for peace, in green crayons in the middle.

Place a small amount of sugar in a bowl and add a little gel frosting and warm water. The water needs to be warm enough to melt the sugar particles with the gel.

Paint over the wax writing. Anywhere there is not crayon, the water will stick to the paper.

To make a khatam, an Arabic word for eight point star, just tape two square pieces of paper over each other, offset.  We created a second card with outlined  khatams.

This time we tried blue gel sugar painting over the khatams.

You’ll need to let your cards dry for a few days.  They’ll still be a little sticky in 24 hours, so if you need these cards for an event, you’ll need to plan ahead.  Once they dry, they will leave a glossy finish over the paper, almost looking like it’s been laminated almost, but with paint!

And if you look close, you’ll see little grains of sugar in the card. So cool!


If you enjoyed this card tutorial, please visit these other cards we’ve made.

Mr. Galabeya Eid Card Tutorial

Emirates Button Card Tutorial

Or stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more of our fun diy projects.



I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.