Marabu Candle Liner is water soluble wax that comes in a fine point squeeze pen. You can use the product straight from the tube or paint it on candles using a brush. Or you can create designs on plastic (the clear plastic page protectors you use in binders work great). Once the design hardens you can gently peel it off, and affix to candles with Marabu’s Candle Liner Glue, made especially for this purpose. Candle Liner easily cleans up with soap and water.
For my project, I worked straight from the tube because I thought that technique would capture the free brush strokes of Van Gogh’s painting style well.
Materials: Marabu Candle Liner – I used Black, White, Light Blue, Medium Blue, Yellow, Green and Medium Brown
Pillar candle – I used a wax LED candle, this way I can use the candle for years to come without it burning down my design.
1. I lightly drew the rough shapes in my candle with a toothpick to plan out my design.
2. Using the Yellow Candle Liner, I started outlining my moon. I left some areas un-painted so the warm light of the candle would show through.
3. I used short strokes and built up the colors one by one, first the white and yellow around the moon and stars, then added light and medium blue, overlapping the colors a bit for a nice transition.
4. With the light blue, I overlapped some of the white areas and then added some medium blue. I used black to define the edge of the landscape.
5. Alternating with medium and dark blue, I worked my way around the “moon” to frame it in the sky.
6. I used yellow to outline more stars, keeping the center unpainted so the candle light would glow through.
7. I built up the “glow” shape around the stars with yellow and white, then transitioned to light blue and medium blue like I did around the moon. I repeated this step with the other star shapes.
8. I started filling in the sky areas with some swoopy shapes of medium and light blue.
9. I filled in the sky area down to the black border of the landscape using light and medium blue.
10. I started creating some abstract patterns on the landscape that looked like plowed fields. It was fun to experiment with the liners!
11. After I filled in most of the front, I let the candle dry so I could do the back without smearing it. I put the candle in the fridge for a few minutes to help the wax harden faster.
12. Working on the back, I added the rest of the stars and filled in around them.
13. I used the black liner to create some little buildings, then filled them in with white, blue, yellow and green. I added brown and green around them for a little landscaping.
14. Then I added some swoopy tree shapes. It was fun to experiment with blending the colors!
15. I filled in the sky making swirls using white and light blue, adding some yellow light to the sky.
16. I filled in the empty shapes around the trees and worked around to the other side of the “moon” on the front of the candle.
17. I finished by filling in any blank spots and setting my candle aside to dry.
The finished candle all aglow!
- Use a brush for a different look. The consistency of the candle liner is similar to acrylic paint.
- The colors can be blended on a palette or on waxed paper.
- You can use Candle Liner on any kind of wax candle. It is nontoxic and will burn down like regular candle wax.
- If you want a more permanent option, use a wax LED candle.
- Work in small areas at a time and let them dry before handling to keep your design from smearing. You can put your candle in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help the wax harden faster.
- Clean up any smudges with a wet paintbrush if the Candle Liner is still wet, or let it dry and scrape it off using a palette knife, craft knife, etc.
- Candle Liner is great for use with encaustics to give you a fine line or to brush on.