Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Playing With Wax

I have been offline for a week while this blasted machine was in the shop. But I'm back and this is what I've been doing. I have always thought the wax/encaustic look was very cool. But I didn't want ti have all the mess of a heating source and dedicated brushes and all that.

Then my friend Rose told me about a tutorial on Yolis Sacred Journey blog that used an iron. You know, one of those little craft ones. Then she sent me one along with a block of wax and some crayons and I was hooked. Rose and I send things back and forth to each other and there is nothing more exciting than getting a Rose box in the mail. BTW she is Altered Rose in my links. She's great. Anyway, this is a collage I did and what makes it fun is that I waxed over lace and sead beads.The saying is, 'I may look totally harmless, but inside I'm completely badass'! I love it.

Then I decided to something with an Asian feel. So I made a gel medium transperancy and mounted it to an artist board. Then I waxed the whole thing. Then I used crayon to add color.

I was really surprised at how little crayon it takes to add color.

This is a bottle I waxed. I even coated the beads and the trim at the bottom. I added a tiny bit of crayon to make it look sort of like Vaseline Glass.

So that's what I've been up to, how about you?


Pixie said...

I love your wax pieces...I'm tempted to try this..will have to put it on my list!

akatrix said...

Doggone you, Mary. You make me feel so lazy! You are always attempting something new and wonderful...and it all turned out perfect!

Veronica said...

Wow! I've got to check out that tutorial. I've dipped stuff in beeswax but haven't tried the encaustic look. And I have a huge box of 64 crayons waiting to be melted, heh heh heh.

Val Foster said...

Oh Mary, I love these. The bottle is way cool. I've only done one piece, a collage, with beeswax. That was like four years ago. I do love the effects of beeswax though. I'm so glad you've been busy making art and having fun.

Thanks for your emails, and for your comment on my blog today. It's so nice to have a friend like you.

Val Foster said...

Oops, I guess encaustic wax and beeswax are different. Are they? I've never done any encaustic work, but it has always intrigued me. You did a fine job using it on your art. Is this something you might get more into? How very cool!

Dawn said...

Mary you have been busy... fabulous pieces you have created... love them, and the bottle is fantastic!