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!!
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!!