Wax On…Mixed Media with Encaustic Wax and good old fashion crayons


Today – an art tag with encaustic wax


Happy December!! Hey y’all, it’s Chantal and here with another inspiration for you. This month, as we explore mixed media and a few of the techniques, ideas and inspirations, I am delighted to share with you the beginnings of using encaustic wax to create beautiful textured backgrounds for tags, journals and even with larger canvases. If you love the idea of using encaustic wax in your art, there are many great resources available for you to explores even deeper all the techniques with this great medium. But for this project, all you need is an encaustic iron or an old or thrift store iron with a solid metal base (no steam holes), encaustic wax blocks and/or pure wax crayons such as Crayola crayons and then your base such as card stock, tags or encaustic wax prepared canvases.


  • Use a thick pad as your base to work on. It will protect your counter/table top and give you ample space to use the iron.
  • Use Vintage paper or scrapbooking paper to create depth underneath the wax. See our Gauche Alchemy Ephemera Packets for great layering possibilities.
  • Mixing colors is fun but be careful not to create a muddy color
  • Going back over the same surface even with different colors can re-melt the first layer.
  • Make sure to peel the crayons before applying them to the iron
  • Use low temp on the iron. If using a an old thrift store iron, be sure to use it dry- No water!!
  • You can purchase encaustic gesso, which can prepare canvases and other surfaces for the melted wax.

I thought that this time, I would let the pictures show the steps and then you can get your Wax On and melt away the day!! Happy Melting!!


Crayons -One of my favorites since I was a little girl!


Encaustic Wax blocks


Tags- One made with Scrapbooking paper and the other is covered with vintage paper.



Test your iron and once the wax begins to melt, let it drip and then apply to the paper.


As you press the wax, you want to work quickly. You can swipe, spread, and/or tilt the iron.


A close up of the melted and blended wax


See the depth of color….


The melted wax creates impressions as it melts. Layer more colors on the iron and watch the magic.



To clean the iron, use the clear wax – spread over the iron base.


Wipe the wax with a paper towel.


The iron is now clean and ready to be used again….



close up of the tag – love the impression the wax makes


The pink melted crayon was applied last – love the layering


I have also created a video to go along with this project….Here you will find more tips and techniques on how to use this fabulous medium!!

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!









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!









An Ode to FAUX…

sb_brownpapermini_758866Hello friends! We’re all about techniques this month here at Gauche Alchemy. Susan here to share one of my favorite techniques that I find myself using over and over… making faux leather paper. There are loads of ways to do this, but I love feeding my lil’ green heart and recycling brown paper bags and crumpled papers received in packages.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8028It’s pretty easy to make faux leather paper from brown paper bags or recycled packing papers. I have done this with cardstock as well, it just takes a bit of patience, as it requires more repeating of the layering process to distress the paper. The best part is that there is no right or wrong way — you just keep playing until you like the results.

To start you just need a couple of spray mists and paints in a color scheme you want to use and a mini spray bottle with water. I start by giving a big sheet a gentle misting of  water, then crumple until it’s wrinkled to my liking. For this tutorial I am using recycled packing paper that is thin like newspaper. It will make a nice light colored faux leather.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8029I flatten out and mist with a little more water, then randomly
brush on some Pebble Adirondack Paint Dabber.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8030Next I layer two colors of Lindy’s Shadow Mist Sprays. I repeat this a couple of times — letting it dry a bit between applications. You don’t want the paper completely soaked with liquid since it is recycled and may begin to fall apart.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8031I wanted a little more contrast, so I brushed more of the pebble directly onto a recycled dry cleaning bag {these bags make for great monoprints in a pinch too}, misted with water then blotted the paper into it.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8032To get a more distressed patterning, I misted water onto the quickly drying paint, then gently crumbled up the paper and blotted up color. MUCH BETTER! I opened and recrumpled to apply paint to different areas. Then I repeated with a little Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Ranger Distress Paint misted to add a little more modeling to the color. I let dry for a few minutes to see if I want to keep adding color or call it finished. No wasted paint or sprays either!

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8035I sprayed one more layer of the Lindy’s Shadow Mists then set to dry.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8037Close-up before painted layers are completely dry.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8047Finished sheet of hand-painted faux leather paper when completely dried. I love how the color has intensified and small distress tears are smattered about.

sb_acp_fds_postmar27_img_8067Here’s the finished paper! This gorgeous hand-painted texture is ready to use
for any of my arting pleasures. One big painted sheet goes a long way.

sb_brownpapermini_761574Try varying the base color paper for other stunning effects! This example is with bronze, browns and gold on a brown paper bag base. I’ve even used this technique on cranberry colored cardstock to cover a handmade book containing a collection of memories for my Mother in Law which came out gorgeous!!

What are some of your favorite techniques??

I invite you to join us over at the Gauche Alchemy Studios Group on Facebook for more inspiration. Plan to pop on over on Sunday and I will be sharing more of my favorite techniques. Have a creative day!

Susan M. Brown {sbartist}