Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Just having a little play - waxy canvas

Thank you all for the amazing comments you left me on my final PaperArtsy blog post. I had such a blast designing for them. I love our crafty community xx.

You may have noticed lately that I've not been blogging as much, well there's been so much going on round here, that life just takes over and my crafty mojo has had to take a back seat. Poor mojo, it's jumping around in there, itching to get me in the craft room. I'm hoping that after this weekend at Alexandra Palace's craft show I'll be able to unleash the mojo and get some blog posts up next week.

I made this little canvas below at a playday at Art from the Heart way back in the beginning of March. We were trying out new products that had just arrived in the shop. I made a beeline for these new La Blanche stamps. They're mounted on thick foam, so there's no need for an acrylic block (which is always a bonus).


I stamped the images onto tissue and coloured the back of the images with the new Faber Castell Gelato pigment sticks. They have a creamy smooth oil pastel texture, but they're water soluble and they blend so easily. Very addictive to use, because the pigment is so vibrant.


I coloured the canvas using the Gelato's and then dipped my stamped tissue into hot wax and slid it onto my canvas. I also used a Tim Holtz sentiment on tissue too, to put in the middle of the canvas.


I brushed more layers of wax on the corners and stamped the wax for some extra texture. 
When the wax cooled I buffed the top to clear the cloudy wax and  to give it a nice shiny finish. 
I used some copper mica powder to brush over the wax in the bottom corners to give the texture some shimmer, then I dipped my figure into some black and purple Distress Paint to rub over the textured wax, to highlight the pattern.

I edged the canvas with black Adirondack Dabber.

I hope I get to see my blogging buddies at Ally Pally on Saturday.
I'll look forward to meeting you soon.
Take care
Michelle xxx

20 comments:

Helen said...

What a great piece, so bright and vibrant! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

Deborah said...

A riot of colour - I love it. Looking forward to 100% mojo working next week. Have fun at Ally Pally!

inkypinkycraft said...

Looks fab to me!!! Hugstrace x

catherine said...

Fantastic piece Michelle and the colours are super
x catherine

GrĂ¡inne said...

At least you know where your mojo is ;-) That's much more than I can say of myself. Your canvas looks absolutely stunning. Love the texture of the stamped in wax. The colours are so fresh and vibrant, perfect spring feeling. Thanks for the how-to. Suzanne

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful canvas in great colors.

Jackie said...

What a wonderful, warm canvas, I love the sentiment :o)
Jackie xx

Lin said...

oooh Michelle this is lovely!! great colours..I really want to try those Gelatos...see you Saturday!!!

butterfly said...

So gorgeous! Hope you have a fantastic time at Ally Pally, and then find some time at the craft table to use up some of that crafty inspiration!!
Alison xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your canvas, Michelle! It seems lit from within. I always enjoy stamping on tissue and playing with wax and it's too darn long since I have.... thanks for the reminder! Hope things settle down there and you get time to get back to it. Hugs.

suzieq23 said...

Michelle, I haven't played too much with wax, but the tissue stays together after coloring with gelatos and then dipped in wax? I would think it would just go to pieces? I must try this technique very soon. thanks for the inspiration.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are sooooooo amazing!! I love love love love the colors and loveeeeeeeeeeeeee that balloon!!!

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Gaby Bee said...

Your canvas looks fantastic! LOVE the vibrant colors!

Hugs,
Gaby

Sue said...

Michelle this is gorgeous, I love the bright colours and that wonderful texture in the corner - brilliant!! Enjoy yourself at Ally Pally xx

Vicki said...

Simply gorgeous canvas! I love La Blanche stamps. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Wow! This is really cool! I love the colors! Thanks for the inspiration. =)

Yvonne Garner said...

Wow! I think you found your mojo. Great techniques and products used. Will need to check these out further. I want to take you for becoming a follower of my blog. Truly appreciated! Best, Yvonne

Ruth Wilson said...

lovely and vibrant.

alison said...

Hello new Twit friend! I love the vibrant colours on this canvas Michelle, gorgeous art!!!
Alison xxx

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