No name for these yet….Paper collaged on cradled wood, then coated with beeswax/damar resin mix, then I “drew” in the wax and colored with paintstiks. Then I used a tracing paper to make marks. Love this whole process.
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.
I went to Evansville yesterday to play with a friend and do some much needed errands, i.e. shopping. I call it The Haul. It was time to stock up on some much needed items as well as a few new things to experiment with. There are times I only buy what I need and there are times I buy products that I have been reading about and seeing on the internet and I am curious about.
Here is part of what I came home with:
There is yarn. I sold a potato chip scarf, so now I feel the need to make 3 more! 2 black Pitt artist pens to replace my failing other ones…love these pens for writing on just about every surface and medium. Oil pastels…I am adding a few new colors to my small collection because I do enjoy smudging these rich colors on some of my work. Matte medium and black acrylic paint…everyone needs those. Lumiere in my favorite color…Halo Pink Gold (yes, Scarlet, Blick had bottles of this…you just missed it). I was alerted that the Daler-Rowney acrylic inks were on sale 50% off at Blick…I found them at 40% off, which was still good, so I purchased 3 bottles to try. Don’t really have a clue yet about them, but I will look up some info online to help me get started. And the last new thing I decided to try was the water soluble oil pastels, which certainly seems like a conundrum to me because everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix! But the article I read showed these in such rich colors on a project that I was immediately smitten. Not shown here are the yards of batting (I do have an exhibit coming up) and yards of cotton flannel (I use this for batting for small pieces) and photo mats. Those are the mundane and uninteresting necessities.
I also purchased some beeswax (probably impulsive) and some tins to melt it in because……Scarlet and I played with wax….
Here is my first attempt at collage with wax….I tried all sorts of things on here…marks with transfer papers and carbon paper…sequin waste stencil. It’s not a perfect specimen, and I may even do more to it, but I like the colors and the black lines and I got a bit acquainted with how wax works…all fun! I also learned some things I would do differently.