Last week, inspired to play…I got out some watercolor ATC cards and began to re-create some of my doodles from the past year with ink and then to color them with gouache watercolors. I had sketches of apples falling into a bucket or a basket, bird families on an outing and even some on a “picnic”. My mood and aim is playful, whimsical, something I don’t usually engage in in my fiber work. I think I will reserve that for my watercolor sketches.
I played with beeswax again with a friend this week. We used the wax that I bought from honey producers. My, my, what an enchanting smell! There was a new Cloth Paper Scissors issue out with a technique using plexiglas. Lynda wanted to try that so we did. You can see our results here on Lynda’s blog, Bloom, Bake, and Create. Neither one of us were terribly impressed, but perhaps that is just due to our lack of experience with the technique. However, I wanted to have a go at it again, this time using some ATC sized bristol board pieces. I cleaned in My Room yesterday and found I had bunches of ATC size packs that absolutely needed be used.
Yesterday I watched Amy Stoner’s dvd on using collage and wax. Now I’m armed and ready. I made the collages last night using 100 lb. Bristol board, prints on copy paper and words clipped from an old book. First I glued the paper pieces down, then I inked the edges with a black ink pad, just like Amy did. Let that dry and this morning I am getting the wax out.
I used the ice pick to incise some lines and free hand circles in the wax, then I used a gold paintstik to rub paint into the lines before sealing them. There is more that could be done with the ice pick and just maybe I will. I think I could get addicted to this.