Showing posts with label Encaustic Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Encaustic Art. Show all posts

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Vintage Journey - February Challenge - Melt It!

Today I'm the host for the February A Vintage Journey challenge - and my challenge is To Melt It!

Here is the challenge description:
This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

I was so excited to be hosting this because I knew I wanted to get out my Encaustic Wax kit and supplies and really sit down to learn how to make a landscape - and I'm SO excited to show  you what I learned and was able to create!!

First, here are two samples that I actually framed - details on how I made them as well as how I decorated the frame follow.  
I also have links below to a YouTube Video and web shops where you can order your own beginners kit if you are so inspired!

Here is a lovely landscape scene I created.
(the panels are 4 1/8" x 5 7/8")
and here is a patch of a green leafy plant!
I bought  my kit probably 10 years ago and I've played with it maybe 4 times - never learning any techniques just melting the wax and 'ironing' over the paper - which came out pretty cool, but nothing I could control and nothing that particularly looked like a scene!?!    
(I was working full time and just never had enough hours in the day!)

You use special paper with the melted wax that is like glossy card.  You'll see a package of the paper in the top left corner below which shows my beginners kit as well as some extra wax that I purchased later.
Here's a link to the Encaustic Art company based in the Netherlands
Here's a link to a company in Wisconsin that sells starter sets
Here's a link to a company in Colorado that sells starter sets
The process for the sky is to melt white, blues, red - whatever colors you want, onto the iron.  It's a special iron - with the proper setting for melting wax -and is small - about the size of your outstretched hand.  You just rub the wax over the iron and it melts into a puddle.
You move the iron left to right in a half circle, gliding lightly over the paper to spread the melted wax.  
It doesn't look like much - yet!
Here are the colors I used for the landscape -
moving the iron along the bottom in a lazy figure 8 back and forth with the brown color at the top.
Then I added more wax for some fun detail created by laying the iron on the card and lifting it off quickly.
How cool is the look of this??!!
I made several of these, one after another in just a few minutes - using slightly different colors - you really can't tell exactly how it will come out - and you can always go over it again to melt the wax and completely redo!
Then I learned how to use the point of the iron to create plants in the foreground like this on the right
and this on the left.
Here are a few more that I made all within an hours time.  It's really addictive because each one is different and you wonder what you will end up with each time!
 The skies can look a lot like the Northern Lights depending on what colors you use.
 This one ended up with a bridge-like shape in the middle!
 Here are a couple of panels I made using just blue and white wax and not doing the landscape figure 8 part - just laying and removing the iron  -  they look rather like a stormy sea don't you think?!
There are many more techniques you can learn to create beautiful fields of flowers, birds flying in the air and even castles - but that will be for another day!

Here's how I decorated the frames.  
I used Idea-ology Mini Framed Panels and covered them with black Gesso.
Then I rubbed Bronze Age Metallique Wax Art Alchemy from Prima over them with my finger just to highlight them a bit.  
I wanted my panels to be the focus so I didn't want to make the frames too ornate. 
(this wax smells wonderful by the way!)
And I glued Idea-ology Word Bands to the bottom of each one.
This one says " reality has limits, imagination is boundless"
This Word Band says "the journey awakens the soul".  
I really just can't stop looking at these and can't believe I was able to make them!  
Now I want to go try it some more!!
Here's a short video I found on YouTube where I learned all three of the techniques I used on my panels  - the sky, the landscape and the foliage in the foreground - they are all easy to learn and I was able to do it after two or three tries!
You can see how I've used the encaustic wax on some cards in the past on my blog posts here and here.

So how will you "Melt It"?  We hope you will join us over at A Vintage Journey -  you have until Thursday March 1 at 6 pm Great Britain Time (they are 7 hours ahead of Eastern Time)  And there's a prize from Country View Crafts for one lucky random entry!

Supplies:  Encaustic Wax, Encaustic Painting Iron, Encaustic Painting Cards -,  Media Black Gesso - Dina Wakley, Bronze Age Metallique Wax Art Alchemy - Prima, Idea-ology Mini Framed Panels, Word Bands.

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Shell in Your Pocket

The Inspiration challenge over at Split Coast this week was a wonderful Shell board on Pinterest.  Here is the card I created.
I was inspired by two photos - my background was inspired by
and the colors for my shells and star fish were inspired by 
I made my background using encaustic wax and a small iron - you melt the wax onto the base of the low heat iron and then run the iron over special white encaustic paper - there are all kinds of youtube videos out there on how to control the design you come out with - but I haven't played with it enough to control it - so I get what I get! Here is a link to where I purchased my encaustic supplies. I just LOVE the depth of the design the wax creates and I thought this piece looked just like the bottom of the ocean might look!
I picked up the small shells on the beautiful shores of Sanibel Island, FL. We vacationed there several years in a row - several years ago - and if you have been there, you know the shelling is super - and you just cannot walk along the beach without picking them up!! The tiniest ones like those here, don't add TOO much thickness - although they might not survive mailing unless padding was added.
I colored my shells with Shell Pink and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks - just adding drops over the shells - then drying lightly with my heat tool. The starfish is from a Tim Holtz die -Sea and Sand - and I embossed it with 3 colors of Wendy Vecchi embossing powder, Pink Peony, Orange Blossom and Tree Branch (one at a time) to achieve a mixed color.
I used the Story Book 1 die from Pretty Pink Posh to die cut the sentiment rectangle out of white.  I stamped the sentiment from Gina K Gifts from the Sea with Archival Jet Black Ink and sponged it all over with Distress Salty Ocean Ink. Then I spritzed it with water to create water drop marks.
I'm also linking this creation to:
Cut It Up challenge - Back toNature - use a die cut of things you find in Nature  - (my star fish)

So, just as I'm happy to welcome fall weather - I'm thinking of summer days at the beach again!! OR maybe a nice winter vacation on Sanibel Island again??!!

Stamps: Gifts from the Sea - Gina K
Paper: Encaustic card stock, white and true black - PTI, Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix
Paper Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi Archival Tree Branch, Ranger Distress Salty Ocean.
Accessories: Dies- Story Book 1 - Pretty Pink Posh, Sand and Sea - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi Emb Powders Pink Peony, Orange Blossom, Tree Branch, Adirondack Alcohol Inks Shell Pink and Butterscotch, ScoreTape, Foam Dots, Rhinestone - Kaiser, Encaustic Wax, small iron.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Encaustic Art Challenges

Where has the week gone?!  My church fair is this weekend - and I have been busy making things for the table two friends and I have at the fair selling hand stamped cards and crafts. 

But I had a few challenges I really wanted to get to before the deadlines. I used Encaustic Wax on both of them -  I bought all the supplies for this (wax, small iron, glossy cardstock) a few years ago at Encausticart after seeing Birgit on Splitcoast using it on her cards -  and I've only worked with it twice.  On my cards today - I just melted the waxes on the iron and then ran the iron over the glossy card stock, holding it and lifting it different ways to get different patterns.   There's a ton more you can do with this art but I haven't had time to play with it and figure out how to make actual scenes.  There are lots of You tube videos out there on this art - here's a good introductory one.

So for my first card I used green and brown wax and cut out a circle from the card - my design thought was to make it look like a world globe to go along with my sentiment.
Here's a close up so you can see some of the beautiful detail created with the iron and melted wax. Some of the patterns look like ocean barrier reefs or coral to me.
For this card design I used Cas(e) this Sketch  and for my theme I used the Merry Monday Challenge - Carol Inspired theme.

I made my 2nd encaustic art creation for Mona and Sue's Mixed Media Color Challenge using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  

I'm also entering this in the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Enthralled with fall  As I think the colors match the leaf colors and the burlap is like the edge of the bowl.
I made a simple card for the Mixed Media challenge this week - being short on time but wanting to play along -  I used burlap, encaustic wax, and Ranger Distress Ink for my mediums.  Here's a close up where you can see all the texture you get using the wax.  For this piece I melted white and red wax together to get the peach and then added some brown and just touched it here and there on the card stock.  You really never know what design your going to end up with - at least I don't!  I think if I play with it more I'll be able to control the patterns better!
Have you joined in on the Mixed Media Color Challenges yet?   Why not try it out this week!

                                                                                 Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

Joy to the World
Stamps:  Verve 
Ink:  Archival Black
Paper:  white, true black - PTI, glossy card stock - Encaustic Art
Accessories:  encaustic wax, iron -, circle Nestabilities, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - Provo Craft, foam dots

Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Party Animal
Paper:  white - PTI,  glossy cardstock - Encaustic Art
Ink:  Versafine Sepia, Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap
Accessories:  Encaustic wax, iron -, corner rounder - Zutter, scor tape, burlap - Joann's, foam dots, enamel dots - My Minds Eye

Friday, August 3, 2012

Can you Stand 5 more??

Happy weekend everyone!   I have yet more cards from the Split Coast Dare to Get Dirty challenges to share today....
 I created this background for this 40th b'day card using melted wax - Encaustic Art - isn't this just too cool??!!
for supplies in the US - check out Encaustic Art US  in Europe check out Artsencaustic
They also have instructional videos on the European site

Vintage Bird
Stamps: none
Paper: Vintage Cream, DP Farm House October Afternoon, Grungeboard hearts - Tim Holtz
Ink: Picket Fence Ranger Distress Stain, Ranger Distress inks Weathered wood, antique linen
Accessories: caged bird - Tim Holtz Sizzix, lacey circle Nestabilities, distresser, rhinestones - Bazzill, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy shop, foam tape 

His and Hers
Stamps: towels by Stampendous, frame and Congrats from Frame It set by Waltzingmouse
Paper: white - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics Y12, YG11, B21 

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - bee and buzz me from L'il Buddies, Bees Knees from Compact Sentiments 2s
Paper: white - PTI, Baja Breeze - SU, DP Basic Grey Pattern Paper Urban Prairie Wild Flowers, tag - Avery
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Dandelion
Accessories: Rhinestones - Bazzill, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop

Celebrate 40 - Encaustic Art
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit Sentiments
Paper: special white paper from Encaustic art, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: foam tape, circle punches, Nested Lacey Penants - Spellbinders, Arts & Crafts Painting Iron - Encaustic Art, Wax Mini Set - Encaustic Art 

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Bud Tree Set #505, Be Your Own kind of Beautiful #582-04
Paper: white, Royal Velvet - PTI, DP DCWV The Stack III
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Sewing Machine, Circle Nestability, Rhinestones - Kaiser