Sunday, 14 February 2016

Wax -- Now that's something new.

Hi, and a very happy Sunday afternoon to you. Today I've been inspired by the PaperArtsy blog, this their 3rd challenge of the year --Wax, which I have to say is a completely new medium for me. Leandra has put together some wonderful examples and the DT have produced some stunning pieces, so do pop over to their blog and have a peep

I started by colouring my base heart with alcohol inks and then stamping in black archival ink using the text stamp from Studio 490 - Live and make art.

While this was drying I screwed up some tissue paper, added some distress stain to my craft mat and mopped up the remains of the alcohol inks with the distress stain.

I then gave the heart a coat of wax that had been melting in the melt pot. Once this was cool and set I then stencilled some slate Fresco paint to the righthand edge and sprinkled some aged silver EP. this was then gently heated with the heat gun to set the paint and to hold the EP granules in place.

Using LPC030 stamp set The face was stamped onto the coloured tissue and cut out. "Live Your Dream" was also stamped onto the tissue and the edges was torn.

Next using a Stencil Girl stencil by Michelle Ward I added stone paint through the stencil and then drew around the edge with a fine black pen. Grunge paste was added through the stencil in 2 areas and then once dry over stamped in black archival ink.

The ladies face was applied with melted wax as was live your dream. The little wooden frame had touches of slate paint added and then lightly rubbed with treasure gold in renaissance.

The heart was then given another thin coat of wax before adding treasure pewter to the edges. Once completely cooled the whole heart was buffed to make the beeswax shine.

This has been a difficult project to photograph due to the shine from the wax and the treasure gold but I hope you can get a fair idea of how this turned out.

The final coat and heating of wax slightly distorted the stencilled outline for the frame but I really like this effect --- a happy mistake, but would make that a feature on another project. 

This was my 'first toe in the water' for this medium but I will have to explore this in greater depth --(play again!).

I would like to enter this for 
PaperArty  - Topic 3 Wax
Creative Carte Blanche -  include something you've never done before.
Craft Barn - Heart

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a brilliant week whatever you may be doing, bye for now  Jane x


  1. Beautiful, unique, romantic... did I mention "beautiful?" Great art, Jane! Thank you so much for joining our first challenge at Creative Carte Blanche, and for convincing me to pull out the ol' Melt Pot and get some wax art going. :)

  2. Just lovely. I love this scale and how much detail you've added to such a small piece! I'm a big Michelle Ward fan, very cool to use her images. Can't wait to see your next entry for your Creative Carte Blanche!

  3. Lovely colours and textures here, sounds like you had fun experimenting!

  4. Hi Jane! Your heart is so pretty! You've done such a lovely job with layering colors, pattern and texture on a relatively small area. Nicely done! You would never know that this is your first experience with wax. Masterful job! Thanks for sharing your process with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  5. Lovely heart, Jane!! I love your background technique and colors! And thank you so much for your visit and comment - very much appreciated!! xx Lynn

  6. Jane, this is so fun! Love the layered colors and textures. I'm starting to wish I hadn't sold my Melting Pot. The wax adds such a great finish. Fantastic creation. Thanks for joining us over at Creative Carte Blanche. Hope to see you again!

  7. very beautiful. have a great play with the wax, never tried it myself, and don't burn yourself.

  8. So incredibly beautiful Jane! I just love the use of beeswax in this piece along with all the other clever little touches. I especially loved the alcohol inks on crumpled up tissue paper! Thanks for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche. I hope to see more of your work in the future.

  9. A great deal of time and patience went into this work of art and it certainly paid off

  10. Beautiful! Love how you put your project together! I too pulled out my melting pot and had some wax fun!!! Thank you for joining in and trying something new!!!

  11. Wow, lovely heart and great step by step! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  12. A great result for your first play with wax.