An Artist Cannot Fail ~ Encaustic

Apr 16, 2012

I’ve been intrigued with encaus­tic art for a long time, so this week I pulled out my Heat Tool, Iron and Melt­ing Pot along with some Bees Wax, Crayons, Balz­er Designs Sten­cils and Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Sets. I hope you enjoy this weeks install­ment of my “An Artist Can­not Fail” blog series and give this fun medi­um a try. There is some­thing so fun about melt­ing crayons… maybe it’s the doing some­thing you weren’t sup­posed to do as a child thing… the thought of strik­ing a match or play­ing with a lighter to melt a cray­on scared me to death. The only melt­ed cray­on I ever found was one my lit­tle sis­ter might have dropped in the car. Texas sum­mers are instant death for crayons.

On the ATC above I first applied a lay­er of yel­low melt­ed crayons onto a Mani­la  ATC by touch­ing the tip of a cray­on onto my Clover Iron and  apply­ing the melt­ed cray­on onto the ATC with long even pres­sure strokes. I blend­ed sev­er­al dif­fer­ent col­ors of crayons onto the back­ground then once get­ting the back­ground as I liked it, I light­ly touched the tip of an orange and sea green cray­on (one col­or at a time) to the side of the iron and applied the melt­ed wax in a down­ward sweep­ing fash­ion. To cre­ate the white pol­ka dots I placed a Cir­cle Grid Sten­cil on top of the ATC and applied melt­ed white cray­on over the sten­cil with the Clover Iron. Please note: Care­ful­ly and quick­ly sweep the hot iron over the sten­cil. You do not want to melt the sten­cil.

The Frag­ment­ed Flower Sten­cil is what I used to cre­ate the design on the Mani­la tag. I used yel­low, orange and red crayons to obtain the design. Once I had the sten­ciled area cov­ered with melt­ed crayons I care­ful­ly lift­ed the sten­cil. The thick­er areas of melt­ed cray­on on the sten­cil might flake off slight­ly. If this hap­pens as it did with me just use a Heat Tool to soft­en these edges by slight­ly remelt­ing the areas. Then to make the design pop I accent­ed the out­line of the Frag­ment­ed Flower design with a melt­ed black cray­on.

Lat­er this week, I’ll share how I cre­at­ed the “Soci­ety Lady” ATC. Also, do you notice a sneak peek for one of my Spring Release stamp sets? It’s right there for all to see.

Have you attempt­ed to break out of your cre­ative com­fort zone? I hope I’m not the only one giv­ing this a go. Let me know what new tech­nique you have tried.

Art­ful Coura­geous Hugs!

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