You know when you reach the end of a week and look back and think 'thank goodness that's finished', well that's the kind of week I've just said goodbye to ! It started with a cold that progressed into something quite horrible, I lost my voice and generally felt quite ill, then to top it all off when I finally dragged myself to the supermarket to do my grocery shopping, I managed to leave some of it at the checkout.......after I'd paid for it ! So, as you can see I am quite relieved to be rid of the last 7 days. One good thing to come out of the last week was a crafty day with 2 good crafty friends, before the lurgy really took hold ! We spent the day getting to grips with encaustic wax and Ruth very kindly shared her findings and experimentation with us.
This was a small piece done on Stampbord, dry brushing, fusing and embedding a piece of fabric in it as well as using a stencil and brushing wax over it.
This piece was done on a piece of plywood, PVA glue was spread over a stencil then using a blowtorch the wood was burnt and the glue bubbles up to create some lovely texture. To add the colour Pan Pastels were used.
You can see on this shot how much texture is created with the bubbled up glue.
This final piece is my favourite and I love how the wax has built up so well over the numbers stencil.
This sentiment is one of my favourites from Yvonne Blair and it's stamped onto tissue paper then burnished onto the wax before a layer of wax is added over the top. Scratches have been made into the wax surface then Portfolio pastels are rubbed into the grooves then wiped off with a baby wipe.
To highlight the numbers more I've done some dry brushing over the top. I'm quite pleased how this last piece turned out.
This is definitely something that needs to be explored more and I've got a sneaky suspicion it could be quite addictive !