Friday, 22 January 2010

The Beeswax Experiment...

...Aha! Not a single drop of Beeswax on my clothes this time...I was ultra careful LOL I have been fiddling about with tissue paper and some Studio 490 stamps today...and wondered if Grungepaper would look any good if it had Beeswax painted onto it...so I had a go...I mean, all I had to lose was a bit of Grungepaper and I do like a good experiment :O))




This little canvas is 4" square...my fave size to work on, not too big, not too small and it hasn't got deep edges...which for some reason I have developed an aversion to! I started off by painting the canvas with Traditional Tan paint...and then I used some tissue paper, stamped with Wendy Vecchi's amazing background stamps, and then popped them onto the canvas with Beeswax...I reckon I am getting a dab hand at this stuff...considering I was frightened stupid of the stuff until a few months ago!!




I made a little sentiment piece using a cut of mountboard, painted with Traditional Tan (what else?) and then stamped the sentiment onto tissue and beeswaxed it over the top. I popped this into a Memory Frame and added some Idea-ology bits to the loop at the bottom...and then set about the "experiment" *dah, dah, daaaaaah* After stamping a flower and Distress Inking some Grungepaper I dabbed the tips of the flower with Beeswax...so far so good...and...get this...it actually helps to keep the curls curled, if you know what I mean...it strengthens them, so to speak... to the point that I later added Rock Candy Stickles and the curls stayed put...usually they tend to flatten out again.





Getting ever bolder, I then made a Grungepaper rose...and before I assembled the layers I dipped them into the Melt Pot of Beeswax...and I am rather chuffed with the look...kind of shabby and distressy but not too glossy. I added some Rock Candy Stickles over the top of the Beeswax to match with the flower and leaves....and then..to finish the canvas off I added a strip of Sticky Back canvas to separate the two patterns and popped some Film Strip over the top...that was a right beggar to stick as well...I ended up using Super Glue..and...I am proud to annouce that none of my fingers are stuck together...nor are they stuck to anything else!! I must be getting less clumsy in my old age ROFL Look at those heavenly Trinket Pins behind the rose...they are by Maya Road...and I think they are FAB!




Thanks for looking...I would love to hear what you think of the Beeswax on Grungepaper...do you like the look? Is it a bit too grungey? Is it a bit yukky...or do you love it?

Hels x

20 comments:

Joyce said...

Love your site! This flower is abolutely amazing! I must ask though where do you get the tissue and napkins with birds? I must have some of that and would appreciate it if you can tell me where I can get my hands on it. Thanks!

craftytrog said...

Stunning canvas Hels, that flower is fabulous! Glad you didn't burn yourself or ruin any clothes this time! ;o) xx

Lori said...

I like it, but I'm partial to beeswax anyways, and now that I know how it looks...GREAT....I'll be trying that, too. Great job Hels, love it!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

I like it - a lot! Always fab artwork Hels :)
Anne xx

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh I LOVE It. Fab art and no wax or glue on anything it dosent belong on! I am so proud of you Hels. Amazing art as always!

crafty creations said...

Its amazing Hels love the whole canvas - stunning. I love to work with beeswax but haven't tried it on grungepaper but now I will - love the grungy look it gives xx Hilda

Daniele said...

congrats for not spilling any wax this week the flower looks great as does the rest of the canvas take care
hugs from Daniele

LME said...

Great Canvas love the pins :)

Sarah Anderson said...

Love it!!! Gorgeous canvas x

Fliss said...

Wow! This is gorgeous Hels. I love the effect you get with beeswax.
Talking of idea-ology, I've just been drooling at all the new stuff coming out that Sir T!m has posted on his blog. It's to die for!!!
xx

Minxy said...

What a cool and dudey ickle canvas, just delightful... I yet to play with my beeswax, i must of had it sitting here for well over 6months if not a year lol

Hels said...

Answering the Q from Joyce...I got some of the napkins in a little shop in Faversham...but I know that places like John Lewis sell fancy napkins...and eBay too...wanted to mail you hun but not got a link for your blog on your profile...

Thanks peeps for your comments...am chuffed that you like the waxy grungey rose :O))

Cheryl said...

Wow Hels just love it, just got my copy of craft stamper today and your project with the flowers is absalutely gorgeous I love it x

Caroline said...

Oh wow, this is so pretty! I'll have to try some stuff with beeswax soon.

Nicks said...

Not too shabby at all, I love it. It's the only way to learn by playing about and as you say what have you got to lose?

Sandy said...

Oh wow this is brilliant.
Absolutely stunning hun. Love them.

Have a wonderful weekend my dear.

Lesley said...

Just love this! Very tactile and well done on not damaging anything lol!
Lesley x

Andrea said...

this is adorable Hels, love it lots xx

Diane.W. said...

Luv your work,ep your flowers.
I bought the stamps & have made a paper version aswell as a grungepaper rose.They are on my blog :o)x

Juls said...

wow!! as always, this is so incredibly stunning!! Hugs Juls

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