Tuesday, April 6, 2010

wax experiments

i spent a little bit of time with my new waxmelter yesterday.....ooooh, it's fun, and really easy to use! i decided to do a little experimenting using different types of paper. this heart doodle was "drawn" onto white cardstock using the waxmelter.....i used beeswax and it hardens on the paper fairly quickly. just as with batik, i painted in the open areas with watercolor, let it dry, and then placed paper towels over the paper and put a hot iron on top to melt the wax. the paper towels absorb the melted wax, while some of it bleeds out into the paper......


then i used a white uniball signo pen to do a little doodling.


this was drawn using the waxmelter and beeswax onto fabriano medioevalis paper and painted with watercolor and diluted acrylic paints......


and then i used a 4B pencil and a paper stump to shade the white areas.


this was drawn using the waxmelter and beeswax onto a piece of light orange paste paper that i had in my paper stash, and then painted using watercolors. the wax really bled out into the arches textwove paper when i melted it, making the paper darker in some areas.....

then i used my uniball signo pen and an orange pencil to do some highlighting and doodling.

of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg......i'd love to see the results using different types of wax (you can melt crayons in the waxmelter, too!) and different types of dyes.
ooooh, and then try all of this using fabric instead of paper......i've got a few ideas for some small art quilts.....
does anyone have any extra time i can borrow.....?!!

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29 comments:

Mary said...

oh I am loving what you are doing with this. I wonder what could be done on the covers of the journals you make??

Doda said...

Cool! I saw batik on paper about 7 or 8 years ago on Carol Duvall when we lived in Belize, and I have been wanting to try it since. I bought some mulberry paper to try it on. It's as soft as fabric. It's still in my stash waiting for when I have time. I'm impressed, you just seem to go for it! I like your results!

Gina Lee Kim said...

I love the little swirly-whirlies you so magically do. And you know I'm addicted to resists....this is awesome, Lori!

Diva Kreszl said...

sorry sweetie, I don't have a smidgen of time you can borrow...and it's all your fault:)
after reading your post I just hopped right over to Dick Blick's and ordered myself a wax melter and of course while I was there I found a few other things I just had to have like those pan pastels you were pushing a few weeks back! seriously, do you work on commission because I just spent a bundle over there!

Lancerika said...

Amazing what you can do experimenting with wax,(I had no idea)and love the way you play with watercolours..
wishing you happy,colourful days ahead!

Martina Voigt-Schmid said...

Oh, i want a waxmelter - this looks like so much fun! And your style is really pretty. Great for cards and gifts this idea.

Tara said...

Oh man! How cool. Lovin that! Looks like fun too.
Hugs,
Tara

PrairiePeasant said...

I am loving this too! So vibrant and fun, and yes try it with fabric! For inspiration, check out Malka's blog at http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

No! No more must-try neat-o ideas!! I love all of it - the expected and the unexpected and what you added. I've never seen a wax-melter before yesterday's post (for a second I thought you might be reverting to your college days... :)). Maybe some day this, too, will rise to the top of my must-try list. What a great 'problem' to have!

Dawn said...

ooooooh how fun!!!! do NOT get me interested in another form of art-ing right now :)

Silke said...

Oh, wow, I've just been catching up on your latest experiments! Just gorgeous!! I love that wax melter. What you've been doing is just gorgeous - I wish I could doodle like you...

Also really like that book you made from the paste paper. Now I have to go find out what paste paper is...

Love, Silke

PaperPumpkin said...

This is really great! New for me...I love how you have fun creating, lori!

Marie aka Grams said...

Gorgeous and fun. You don't need to take Carol Palleson's batik card class. You've exceeded it. I did find the Arches Text Wove held the was more than I liked. You covered it very well. I love what you do.

Marie aka Grams said...

OOOps typo. Held the WAX. Sorry.

Martha Lever said...

Oh my, this is just too cool!

sUz said...

just beautiful loRi! and your writing should be a font on 2 peas in a bucket! sUz :):)

Patty S said...

beautiful! i love them all! i am so jealous of you playing with a new toy... i might have to take a trip to dick blick to see what i can find. ;-)

Pat said...

I have a feeling the wax melter is going to see a spike in sales thanks to you. You make everything look like so much fun and your results are fabulous. I can't wait to see how this progresses.

Julie Bagamary said...

Looks fun.

Createology said...

It looks like you and your waxmaker tool are quite compatible and having great success. Excellent results. Happy creating...

K said...

I love them! You're so patient, shading all those swirls. That's what I admire most in your work, you make it seem so effortless and I tried shading a twig "your way" and I spent hours on it! Time, yes, that's what we all need a bit more of!

rachel awes said...

melt my very heart! now these "experiments" would have gotten me more interested in science! you are so much fun & so brave to try all these new tools! love your words & colors & swirly doodlings!

~Valentina~ said...

Looks super great and fun! Should I get a wax melter now??? ;)

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh Lori, I love this. How fun, and you used my favorite colors. It is so great the way everything "pops"

Creative Potential said...

I could some of that extra time if it is being passed around!

My favorite is the Play card...but they are all beautiful.

Sara said...

What a fun new tool! Lori, could you please just come over to my house someday and doodle with me? :)

chrissy said...

i never knew wax could be so much fun since those big wax lips i used to buy at the corner market when i was a silly little girl!
happy day for me!

beedeebabee♥ said...

I love them all! Such pretty colors and designs! They reflect all the fun your having creating them! I love your artwork, Lori!
xoxo Paulette ;)

Elena said...

Oh what fun you have at creative play! Love it! Will need to look into these...

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