The topic over at PaperArtsy for the next couple of weeks is "wax". I'm trying to join in with a few more challenges this year and thought this one might be fun to play with.
I used an ATC cut from mountboard - I like to go with something small when I'm just experimenting with materials and techniques, it feels more manageable than a full card or canvas. I stamped the fish skeleton on the ATC and coloured the edges with wax crayons (just cheap kids' ones from the £1 shop). Then I tipped some melted wax on there and used a heat tool to spread it out, let it set and repeated.
Once the wax layer was thick enough, I used a pokey tool to draw round the shapes in the stencil and get incised lines. I brushed the wax crumbs off, replaced the stencil and added a little colour with a couple of Copic markers (just dabbing so the nibs shouldn't have come to any harm!). That left the surface sticky enough to hold some Perfect Pearls. In real life it looks much more layered and inscribed but wax and mica combined to make a bit of a photography nightmare, I'm afraid!
Having made the ATC, I decided to mount it onto a card blank with just a
little inky stenciling and a stamped sentiment. I think it will make a
useful masculine card to have in my stash.
After making this, I discovered that Bubbly Funk is closing its doors. If you fancy stocking up on some stencils (including the one I used here and others by the likes of Prima, Dylusions, Dina Wakely, TimHoltz...) you can get 50% off your order total - when you check out, just enter the code you'll see on the shop's home page to get the discount.
PaperArtsy Mini 100
Sentiment from Essential Messages by Hero Arts
Bamboo mixed media paper by Hanemuhl
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Tumbled Glass)
Cell Theory stencil by Crafters Workshop
Perfect Pearls (Turquoise and Blue Raspberry)
ATC and Corners die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix
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