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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retro Tag Magic

Hello!

For the last month, I have been stuck and unable to create.  I cleaned my little craft surface and went through my supplies.  I reminded myself about my love for mixed media.  I found my favorite stencils, stamps, washi tape, sequins, and glitter.  I printed some images that inspired me.

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I used my gelli plate to put some paint on these tags.

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I cut out some of my favorite images and placed on the tag to see how much blank space I had to play with.

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I stamped the background.

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Stamp, stencil and washi tape.  Already creating a great background.

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This is my favorite butterfly stamp.  After the paint dried, I cut out butterflies.

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Sequins have been my favorite way to add dimension on my tags.

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I was able to collage some pieces of paper on this tag.

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I am really enjoying this style and adding as many layers as possible.  Let me know if you have any questions and I can’t wait to see your mixed media tags!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erena

Color Palette Play

Hi there! This is Jackie, and I’m back with a little bit on the subject of mixed media tips and techniques.

I’ve been into mixed media for less than two years, so I consider myself a newbie. And as a newbie, one of the things I have a problem with is picking color palettes. Well, one day I ran across an Instagram account, and fell in love with all the color inspiration. Design Seeds’s posts are of beautiful color palettes inspired by nature, art, food — pretty much anything you can set your eyes on. I thought to myself, this just might be what I need to break out of my color palette comfort zone, and pinned it for later. Guess what, later just happens to be now. I decided to finally give one of their color palettes a try, and here is the color palette I chose.

SUMMER
{ Color View }
NOVEMBER 20, 2016

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Just because Summer has left us (fickle little thing), doesn’t mean we can’t continue to play with her colors, right?! Here’s what I came up with.

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I love the results, and can guarantee there will be more color palette play in the future. And here’s the process video in case you find yourself needing to waste a few minutes. *^_^*

I hope you enjoyed my little experiment. If you decide to give it a try, don’t forget to post it to the Gauche Alchemy Studios FB page, or tag us on Instagram (@gauchealchemy and @creationsbyjsheri)

Until next time!

♥ Jackie

 

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