Wax On…the beginning of working with Encaustic Wax and even crayons!!


“Today” Art tag created with encaustic wax and crayons!


Hey y’all…It’s Chantal and this month we are exploring mixed media, blending new techniques with some that are tried and true.  In this video, I am sharing how to begin to work with Encaustic Wax and yes, even crayons!!!  The finished project is an Art Tag entitled “Today” but the video shows how to melt and blend the wax.  I’ll be sharing the step out photos and the techniques for the tag in another post…but for now let’s get our Wax On and begin to melt the day away!!

Chantal’s video

Mixed Media Art Journal Page: Dream and Wish

Hi all, it is me again Bea from bee’s atelier. We all have Dreams and Wishes, I know so here is a little Art Journal Page I made for all the dream and wishes I have. I have been pretty busy lately and so I didn’t have a lot of time to do Art, but I managed to squeeze in an Art Journal Page. While I was working on the page, I was dreaming about a life just with Art….. But hey we all know it doesn’t work that way.


So I started in my Art Journal, which I have found in the thrift store. I have no idea what kind of paper it is, but it is rather lightweight so I have applied in advance Gesso to the page. ( In fact I have several pages already prepared with gesso in advance, so if the Muse strikes me I can start right away)

Next I started with some metallic acrylic paint.









I have used puncinella as stamps, and as you can see I have used the Big Shot with a Heart Steal rule dye for a Mask/Stencil tool. This technique is sometimes called reverse stenciling, where you apply color through the stencil and then you wipe it away with a damp Baby Wipe. This gives a different pattern than the normal applying through the stencil.


Next I lay out some sketchy leaves with a fineline applicator. I have filled the applicator with black acrylic paint and some slow drying medium.


Then I have painted the inside with acrylic paint again.


I have stamped this image on napking and on some cardstock. Next I have colored the image on the cardstock with Metalic watercolors and Inktense watercolor pencils. To adhere to the page I have used a mat gelmedium.


I do love splatters, but not everywhere, so I covered up the focal image with some scratch paper. I also added circles with Stazon Ink in black.


And here a closeup from the focal image, isn’t she fun?


If you want to see more of the whole process, you can watch here my video. Enjoy!









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How to Create a Floral Fresco

Hi, everyone! Viktoriya Porechnaya is here. Today I would like to share with you some mixed media tips and secrets about creating  this extraordinary fresco

mix1mix2So we need sheet of canvas or burlap, acrylic putty, spatula and acrylic paints to create fresco background

mix4First, spread putty on canvas  with spatula in a uniformly thin layermix5mix5Let it dry some hours.Then you can bend the canvas sheet carefully to create many cracks.

mix6Start to paint surface with liquid acrylic paint. Be messy- have fun!

mix7Then remove wet paint using wet napkin or fabric sheet– baby wipes work well also. Make it carefully because you can remove the putty layer.Cracks becomes visible and have a color.

mix8mix9Then do the same with other tone of paint

mix10mix11Repeat these steps until you like it. You can add other colors for your background.For example, I added blue paint to my brown tones

Now time for stamping! Use acrylic paints instead ink to create a different effect.

mix12mix13I created floral field for my fresco

mix14mix15After it we need to create “roots” – use strings from canvas sheets

mix16Paint it using brown mist and dry

mix16Create “ground with roots” – use texturing paste for it

mix16mix17Add some textural elements- I used sand and small stones. See what you can find around your home; small beads, or even something from nature!

mix18mix19Let it dry or dry by heating tool and paint it

mix20Floral fresco is ready!

mix21Some details and textures

mix21mix25mix26mix27Thanks for your attention ! And I hope you catch your  inspirational mood to create something new!









Back to Basics

Hello everyone!  I hope that you’ve had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

I’ve been so busy with family, shopping, vacation prep, holiday prep, birthdays, business, pets, and all the other things that make us all crazy this time of year.  I haven’t had a lot of time to do my favorite thing; create.  I bet I’ve been home only 4 or 5 days these past 4 weeks.

I’ve been desperate to get crafty.  I finally made it to my art room today, and I knew that if I pressured myself to make something specific, I’d leave upset.  So instead, I decided to go back to basics.  I wanted to work on something that would make me happy.  For me, that’s digging into my art journal.  There’s no wrong way.  No high expectations.  No time limits.  Just peace, fun, and lots of color!

I started by flipping through looking for a page to begin with.  I chose a page that I had previously used as a napkin, if you will.  I always wipe my left over paints on pages in my journal.  I like the colors on this page.


I’m going to be using both of these pages, so the first thing I want to do is add some color to the left page.  I’m going to use a paper towel to add some Dylusions paint.


My favorite way to add interest to an art journal page is by using some Punchinella and a thin coat of black paint.  I love the way it brings everything together.


Both pages so far:


I don’t want to think too much about what to do next.  Art journaling is fun, until you start thinking too much.  I go to my bin of collage materials I’ve received in swaps.  I select some gelli prints I just received this week.


The colors are PERFECT and the shape is fun and interesting.  I use some matte medium to adhere the gelli prints.

I added some journaling that says “It’s time to catch up on the things that make me happy, like some mindless art journaling.”  I always find it interesting to add words to art.


I added some fun pieces of collage circles to add a pop of color throughout both pages.  I also put some altered page reinforcements on the gelli print pieces.


The last few details were simple brush marks with pink paint on the left page, black paint on the right page, and some marker spots highlighted with white pen.


And that it, Folks!  Finished with this simple art journal spread.  I am very happy with how it turned out.


I love how this turned out.  The colors are perfect.  My head doesn’t hurt from thinking too hard about it.  I’m not stressed.  I’m just happy.  I think I’ll head back to the art room to see if I can continue this mindless creating.  :)


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