At 10 this morning "the girls" got together at my office for a day of encaustic wax.
We call our group of friends THE TIARA CHRONICLES. I don't even remember how we gave ourselves that name...but it's too cute !
Every month one of us picks a project & that's what we make that day....whether it's in our comfort zone or not !
This month...MY TURN, MY TURN...do the happy dance.... !!!
Get out the wax !
I gave everyone a piece of pine wood to start .
We went a little above and beyond using regular craft products.
We melted "medium" which is a combination of beeswax and Damar resin. This mixture (which I buy from Clairvoyant Encaustics ) is handmade & top of the line. Tell Fanne I sent you if you buy some.
I also used the Melting Pots as small stoves to heat up seamless ink cans of pure pigment wax. This is a different way of using the Melting Pot vs. using a project pan.
MEET THE GROUP
Bonnie, Michelle, Debbie, Joan, Lisa, me, Teresa and Linda (missing Patti, Jackie & Lennis)
We used HAKE (pronounced Hah-kay) brushes (the best for wax because synthetic brushes can melt) to apply several layers of medium to the wood, heating in between each layer using a torch. All of this was new for the girls.
Teresa caught on so fast and made a really beautiful encaustic piece. Here she is using the torch to fuse the waxes.
Happened to be my favorite piece of the day !!! I loved how this came out !
Bonnie and Michelle at work
and added a wax bird. She made a mold of the bird using Mold n Pour.
This piece was brilliant. Michelle has a great eye.
and, she did a 2nd piece & added wax wings.
Bonnie started with the medium, dusted on some PAN PASTELS and fused the layers.
added some netting, waxed over it then removed it for texture. Added a wax bird which she colored with the pastels. She will finish it more when she gets home. She wants to add something "seashore"-ish !
More samples from the day..this from Bonnie
scraping back the color
You can always count on Lisa Kettell to stay true to her muse.
Everything is wax...including her Kewpie face. She poured wax into a mold she brought with her. She has a whole collection of Kewpie molds & dolls.Debbie is incredibly free with her work and super experimental....never afraid to try anything.....always amazing
She began by using a dark blue wax & stamping into it.
Then Deb decided to make a lip mold from a face I had at the office....we were all rolling on the floor.
and added it to the final result ! I think it "says a lot "!!!!
Stage 1 of Debs second projectStage 2..she added wax from molds of the dolls hair
Linda loved the pastels over the wax
Joan was into the birds too and had pressed a stamp into the wax as well
I can honestly tell you that everyone LOVED todays event and I learned so much from watching all the different ways the girls used product application.
Can't wait to see what we'll come up with for our next get together !