Saturday, May 17, 2008

The one about wax

Art Night was last Thursday and we played with wax. We are all newbies when it comes to encaustic, but we played around and had fun adding layers of wax to our boards, dipping strings and ribbons, papers...fabric. I stuck to the beeswax more since I love the way it smells---and I added some melted crayon, too. I started with layers of squares of my most beautiful old paper that I had, and poured the wax on over it, using an iron to smooth it around before adding more layers and chunky-ness with wax.

When doing wax in an altered book, I will definitely go for the non-toxic encaustic wax sticks we had on hand to play with as well---- its pliable and won't crack off! I was channeling Lynne Perrella with my two pieces that night, as I totally ripped off her style on the square one. :P She's my very favorite mixed media artist.


Blogger martha brown said...

These are wonderful! And I don't think that you've ripped off Lynne. Maybe "inspired by" definitely not "ripped off".

5:56 PM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger said...

Such a nice piece, Marilyn, and yes, you have captured LP's style very well, indeed. I love her style too, but there are so many wonderful artists, I can't choose!

6:14 PM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger Little Pink Studio said...

Your work here is beautiful Marilyn! I have only played with wax once at a class I took by Tim Holtz, but I adored using it, loved the smell, the look, the mess, everything! I will have to give it another try one of these days....I also love how you used melted crayons here, did you just use a little craft iron, or a melting pot? Looks fab!
~Cerri xo

6:30 PM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger Catherine said...

These are gorgeous!! My friend and I were going to take an encaustic workshop this summer but decided against it. Now I'm rethinking that decision!! THANKS for sharing Marilyn!

9:10 PM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger Steve & Joyce Rodli said...

Stopped by to see what you've been up to -and I see it's wax! These are really cool Marilyn. Happy happies to you. Joyce

9:46 PM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger Nathalie Kalbach said...

wow- this looks sooo amazing. Love what you did!!!!

4:58 AM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger Sandra said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. just BEAUTIFUL!

12:13 PM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger Andria said...

I love them! I've thought about playing with wax before, but I haven't had the courage to try yet.

6:18 PM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger Sherry Goodloe said...

oooooooohhhh ahhhhhhhhhh love these pieces! You did a great job there missy :-)

6:43 PM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

WOW- simply lovely. I am DYING to try wax. Every time I go to the dry goods store, I go stare at it for awhile. Love these pieces!!

7:34 PM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger Seth said...

Such stunning pages. There is so much detail in each of them. Really beautiful!

11:13 PM, May 19, 2008  
Blogger Kim Kwan said...

my dear, you ALWAYS take my breath away with your work! I also prefer the beeswax, and quite frankly have never tried the it really sturdier? Surely not nearly as fun and good smelling to work with, though! :-)

11:05 AM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Beehive Art Salon said...

These pieces are so awesome, Marilyn! I love how you wrapped that string everywhere...brilliant stuff! *sigh* wish we could do art group every week...

10:42 PM, May 21, 2008  
Blogger mendytexas said...

I love your gorgeous new art pieces! The textures are incredible. I saw them on flickr, and headed straight to your blog!

8:00 AM, May 25, 2008  
Blogger Pearl Maple said...

Simply stunning, agree with the scent of real beeswaxmmm, great post.

3:11 PM, May 25, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

Dear Marilyn,

Your work is so beautiful that it makes me want to weep!


10:37 PM, June 02, 2008  
Blogger Donna Layton said...

I think you beautifully translated Lynne Perrella's work in your own way. These are so lovely. I've had beeswax for ages and have never messed with it. I haven't done anything new in so long. That's really bad. I need to go on some artistic adventures:)

8:01 AM, June 04, 2008  
Blogger artbeth67 said...

These are absolutely stunning! I really, really love them :)

10:41 AM, June 04, 2008  
Blogger Judy said...

These are so gorgeous - love all the textures and layers.

12:42 AM, June 05, 2008  
Blogger Jo Wholohan said...

I love the square peice Marilyn, has a wonderful style about it, i think you have definately added your own flare too the sytle :))

Havent played much with beeswax for a while, youve made my want too now :))

6:26 PM, June 18, 2008  

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