Saturday, 11 August 2012

Out of the Journal




It's week two of Out of the Journal over at Dina Wakley's place. I decided to do a beeswax creation this week along with some Pan Pastels. Some time ago my wonderfully creative friend Suze Weinburg told me how amazing Pan Pastels are in conjunction with beeswax and it has probably taken me about two years to try it for myself!! Well, I can tell you she was right, I love it!

I worked on quite a small canvas, just 5" x7" as I wasn't sure how easy it would be to manage. I need not have worried, it was a breeze! I just love the way the Pan Pastels moved and mingled with the wax when I heated it with my heat gun.

I started by painting my canvas with Honey Dew Fresco Finish paint. When this was dry, I added some orange pan Pastel to add some interest to the background.

 I used my melted beeswax to stick down three image that I had stamped with Rangers Archival ink on to tissue paper. It's important to heat set the ink before attempting to colour the images and I used a selection of watered down Fresco paints to colour mine. The images are all Dina's stamps, manufactured by Stampington, the lady is from the original release and the others are from Garden Grunge.

I sponged some Pan Pastels through a stencil and added another layer of wax with a brush. You don't need to worry if it goes all lumpy bumpy, it will smooth itself out when you heat it with the heat gun, Next layer was some black paint through the Crafters Workshop Bingo stencil and heated again. After another layer of wax, more colours of Pan Pastels followed and heat set again. This is when you see some amazing things happen. You can actually use the power of the heat gun to blend and move the Pan Pastels in the wax.....magic!! Once I got over the excitement, I realised that it needed a little something else so I took one of Dina's script stamps and stamped into the wax with my Archival ink. Now heat setting this was a little tricky as the oil based ink wanted to mingle as well, so if you try this be very careful. Finishing touch....Real  Life came from a 7 Gypsies tag!

Hopefully you will be able to see the layers from these close up pictures.



Why don't you hop on over to Dina's blog and join in the fun.

23 comments:

Minxy said...

OMG This is totally awesome, I've never played with beeswax, I have it, I've just not got it out the packet lol Maybe now I have such fab inspiration I'll give it a go xx

Helen said...

Like Minxy, I have some beeswax too that has never been opened. Maybe now.... (after the Olympics ends of course!) This is stunning!

anna christensen crafts said...

This is absolutely stunning!

Laura said...

This is beautiful- your images and colors are lovely. I heart Suze! You're inspiring me to dig out my beeswax and play. Thank you for the step by step!

clare said...

fab canvas, love the beeswax and pp combo great idea! hopped over from dina's blog to see what everyone else has created. x

isisimaginings.com said...

That is gorgeous!!!!

Dina said...

This is amazing...and your colors are not sludgy! They are earthy and deep and beautiful.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous- what a fabulous composition! I just boughtg some beeswax...and a melting pot, and love Pan Pastels! I just have to figure out HOW to use it all together like this!

Angelica said...

Love it!
Love the layering and the vibrant colors.

Rebecca said...

Fabby you do realise you'll have to add this to your workshop list don't you! Love it
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Dallying Debz said...

Beautiful Lin x

finnella03 said...

Lin this is beautiful, and would make a fantastic Lin class please, pretty please.

Chris Arlington said...

Too awesome ! Easy for you. Me, I am not so sure.

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Wow! What an interesting technique using pan pastels and wax. Love the layers and the colours.

Sue C said...

Gorgeous cavnas Lin, I agree with the comments above, this would make a fabulous class...hint...hint ! Sue C x

annemarks said...

Love your canvas. I haven't tried either the wax or the pastels yet and this is very inspiring :)

Brenda Brown said...

Wonderful love he effects.
Hugs Brenda xox

Dina said...

Amazing...you rock!

Maura said...

That is an incredible canvas. I wish I had done that! Dina is right, You Rock!

Sue said...

WOW! This is amazing!

Joanna said...

Lovely artwork - I really like the effect you've achieved with the pan pastels and the wax :)

donnalouiserodgers said...

you have got Fanastic textures from the layers, of course it will be even more stunning in
real life!

dx

Rikelle said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing!