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

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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.

Tips:

  • 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!!

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

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Encaustic Wax blocks

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

 

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

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

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A close up of the melted and blended wax

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See the depth of color….

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

 

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

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Wipe the wax with a paper towel.

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

 

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

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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!!

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then I have painted the inside with acrylic paint again.

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Love – An Art journal page with step by step tutorial on mixed media

 

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Time for Love – an art journal page

Hey y’all! It’s me, Chantal on the blog today. Our October was filled with the essence of fall – candy and costumes. Now, with November here we are a mixed bag of turkeys and trees, pumpkins and peppermints. Here at Gauche Alchemy, it’s a perfect time for our theme of Mixed Media (mm). You may have a few questions about “Mixed Media” like…what is it? What do I mix? Is it easy? What supplies do I need? What is Gesso and do I need it? Let’s address these questions one at a time-

What is it? In the art world, the word medium or media is generally the primary technique of your work such as painting with acrylics or sketching with charcoal. So with mixed media, you are combining 2 or more mediums…like acrylic paint and inks, watercolor and acrylics, drawn and photographed.

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Create a focal point so as to draw the reader in.

What do I mix? You are free to mix whatever you would like…your favorite techniques, your favorite paints, inks, chalks, papers, fibers…One tip is to remember to use a sturdy base for your layers and allow enough drying time between the layers.

 

 

 

Is it easy? Yes and No….Yes, because you have freedom to choose and mix till your heart’s content…No, because you have freedom to choose and mix till your heart’s content. For those of you who like a perfect outcome, mix media can be a little challenging but you do not have to worry, just use a little paint to cover up what you don’t like and voila, another layer!!!

 

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A few layers and a close up of antique linen with a flourish stamp

What supplies do I need? What is Gesso and do I need it? You probably have everything on hand already!!! In this project, you will see I used basic supplies to create an “mm” journal page. Gesso (in it’s intended purpose) is a binder that prepares canvases and other substrates to be painted. In the beginning, use white acrylic paint. As you get more into mixing, you might want to add more inks or paints, paper or stamps, metal embellishments… But start with what you have and love…you will find that in no time at all mixed media will become a perfect blending of your inspiration and ideas. Let’s get started…

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A few supplies to get started

 

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Inks and stamps…the perfect pair

Let’s Gather

 

Two page journal entry or base for the project

2 sheets of vintage German Paper (The Mixed Media Variety pack from the SHOP is perfect for this!) or desired background paper

Floral images – vintage reproduction from Gauche Alchemy kit

Acrylic paint in white and cream/eggshell

Collage glue

Tim Holtz Distress ink in antique linen, bundled sage and chipped sapphire

StaZon ink in saddle brown

Love and Time Stencil by Rebekah Meir

Flourish rubber stamp

Paper towels

Disposable sponge brushes

Soft blending sponge

Scissors

Small sanding block

 

 

Let’s Create

 

*This is a general project to encourage you to create and so with that, use the colors, inks, stamps that you have. After the base is complete, you can go back and add words, pictures and/or metal embellishments and ribbons. Mix it up to create your very own work of art.

 

  1. Cut or tear the vintage paper or background paper to the size needed. Torn edges give it a unique definition to your paper. Adhere to the journal page with Collage glue.
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Vintage paper cut to size and edges torn.

  1. Put a little white paint on a palette. Using a sponge brush, sponge/smear paint around the edges of the paper. Use a paper towel, to spread the paint to achieve the desired look. Set aside to dry.

 

  1. Repeat step 2 with the cream/eggshell spreading it over the center of the pages. Set aside to dry.
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The vintage paper still shows through.

**You can go back and add more white if needed.

 

  1. Cut the image from the vintage floral sheet. Using a small sanding block (like the ones from the nail salon), sand the image to create a worn look. Adhere to page. Add a little paint over the edges to create a seamless impression.
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Sanding down the shine/gloss, so that it will look worn.

  1. Using the 3 inks, begin with antique linen, stamp the image around the page, stamping off the edge as to give it more depth. Then repeat with bundled sage and add a few more stamped images with chipped sapphire.
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See how the chipped sapphire stamped images could be connected into a invisible triangle.

*When I stamp multiple times of the same image, I imagine an invisible triangle shape on my paper as I stamp…3 stamped images that would form an invisible triangle – one at the top, bottom and middle, varying the size/shape of the invisible triangle. This helps with placement and keeps the images from crowding one another.

 

6. Place the stencil in the middle of the page, slightly off center to create interest.Using the blending sponge and the StaZon ink, stencil the image. With the blending sponge, I “dragged’ it across the stencil instead of pouncing.

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The blending sponge gives a softer look than that of pouncing.

  1. Move the stencil around the page and stencil smaller portions of the stencil to create interest and harmony.
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A portion of the stencil in the upper left corner

 

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Before Step 8 – look at the difference inking the center will make.

  1. Using the now inked blending sponge, drag the sponge down the center of the two pages and add a little cream paint if needed. Use a paper towel to spread and thin the color.

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    The ink and paint down the center of the page bring life to the page.

  1. Now walk away …..this is the most important step in collage or mixed media art. We tend to want to keep adding and then we add too much. This is now your base page or perhaps your finished page. Walk away for a little while and then when you return you will know if you need to continue or if your creation is complete.
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It’s now up to you…is it finished? Is it ready for journaling or more mixing?

Happy Mixing…..

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 Design Team and the 2016 Gauche Alchemy Design Team. She is also a regular contributor to Bella Crafts Online Publication.  For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Technique- Art Journaling 101

Although this post was originally shared last year, I think it’s the perfect post for our “Exploring Mixed Media” chapter here at Gauche Alchemy.

We hope that you are inspired to get out some collage and paint and get messy. Enjoy!

Hi friends! Alchemist Rebecca here to share with you a little tutorial on how to start art journaling! Art Journaling is something I discovered by accident about five or six years ago! I started out scrapbooking, then found altered books and then my altered books turned into art journals! Art Journaling is a blast and I hope this post inspires you to try it!!!

 

Alright let’s get messy!!! I always start my pages out with some black and white type papers as well as my current favorite gold tissue paper; both of which came from our UNDRESSED Mixed Media kit! I tear my papers up and randomly glue them to my page!

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I then add Gesso (white paint if you don’t have any) all over the page with a palette knife (or old card)! I am a big fan of texture and this just does the job, its like frosting a cake!!

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I use an old room key or credit card to swipe paint all over the page, the flat surface of the card gets into all the crevasses of the textured back ground and adds some more as well! I love doing this particular technique because its quick, easy and dries fast! Plus it looks pretty awesome too!

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Ok now comes the fun part; decorating your page! There are so so many options here but this is kind of my process! I like to add some pattern and contrast (the plus signs, hearts and splatter!!) Then I like to find a focal point..

 

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In this case it was these two hearts I cut from my (overwhelmingly large) stack of painted papers! I also added some gold triangles around the page to add some cohesion!

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Found some cute gold stickers, added some washi tape and little circles and viola! My art journal page is complete! So how do you know your page is complete? My trick is to move around the page and just kind of trial and error it so to speak, if I try a few things and it just feels like nothing else fits then I go with it and call it a day!

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I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and decide to jump in and try art journaling, there are so many possibilities

and really no wrong way to do it! So go for it girl take the leap!

Also, visit our online SHOP for some great mixed media kits and supplies to start you on your way.