So when the challenge topic #3 Wax was announced on the PaperArtsy website, I knew it would lovely to play along.
I used an old A4 canvas that was originally dark green with texture on it and painted over with a few coats of white acrylic. I used an credit card to scrape the paint over and that left interesting marks. I then went over this with Candy Floss Fresco in the same way.
Now for some stamping. I made a collage plate of the phrases and words from Emma Godfrey's EEG07 plate and stamped over the canvas in Coffee Archival.
Over this I added a washes of Blush and Chalk to tone down the "pinkness"
I added some Finnabair Texture Paste Clear Crackle in the corners and left this to dry. I'm still getting to grips with this product, trying to get even layer and understand its drying properties. I wasn't sure at first but now I'm liking it more and more each time I use especially if I don't spread too thickly and leave to dry naturally which can take a long time so that I get fine porcelain type crackles.
Once dry I rubbed with my fingers some watered down French Roast into the cracks and also spritzed with water to get drips. To be honest I could have left it there as it looked so good!
First layer of wax to seal all these layers in and create a base for the next layers.I use wax pellets and heat with my heat gun and spread the melted wax with an old credit card.
Then it was a case of just adding more layers of paint and stencilling. In the picture below you'll see I stencilled in Chocolate Pudding and added some smears of Chartreuse. Using Chalk when I needed to knock back the colour and blend it together.
Now I knew it needed a focus, so I had a look through my photo and transfer image folder and found this altered images of Lupins taken last summer. the colours were a spot on match for the background. It needed a frame to sit on so I got out my Portfolio pastels and some more pastels Id got and selected greys, whites and browns. I just scribbled them on and then heated.
Oh er, it was alchemy! The Portfolios melt and set, but the oil pastels moved around and spread. I got so excited by it I forgot to take a picture of that stage. But of you enlarge the picture below you'll see where the colour spread.
A layer of clear wax pellets to seal this layer. It needed some extra elements to frame the image so I added some of Emma's lovely scribbly blooms in Coffee Archived and lightly painted in Chalk to get a scuffed translucent look as I didn't want them to distract from the main image. I added a quote from EEG14 as well (oh so very true).
Some close-ups (click on them to enlarge and get even closer!)
As I said on Instagram, (see links on the left), I really, really love this, some definite actions and some happy mistakes to make gorgeous, if I say so myself, art.