Wednesday, September 16, 2015

woyww - wax and watercolours

Lots of pics this week showing bits and pieces that I have finished from online and face to face workshops.  RosA reminded me I had not posted pics. .. so here goes.
The leaf is the first attempt at an encaustic workshop.  Although it was a great learning experience I am too clumsy to work with hot wax, paints and pastels at the same time.  My first mistake was adding too much colour to the transferred leaf image.  Then I tried to scratch it off! which didn't work so I attacked it with a heat gun and melted all the wax with colours moving everywhere and burning off the shellac background.  In the end I walked away from the heat gun and started a second image.
Bird image transferred onto wax with a subtle application of pastels plus metal transfer onto the bark.  All a bit twee and not convinced shellac is that great a border.  But a good experience and I have an appreciation of the skills required for encaustic works.  
Completed pears  which I had started two weeks ago. Happy with these, especially the bottom of the pear on the right.  Looking forward to a leisurely hop around to peek at lots of woyww desks.

20 comments:

  1. beautiful artworks today. How lovely to try different mediums to work with even if they dont turn out quite as planned for you....it's all good learning :-)
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 14

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  2. Like your trees and, of course, I like your pears. The leaf is very interesting and I think it looks great as do the trees with the bird. Hope you do some more of this medium.
    Hugs, Neet 7 xx

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  3. Ah Ros, love the pears too, came of beautifully... like you, am not sure about the wax and shellac ... Think it might've given you the shellacking.. sorry bad pun.. :D very game of you to try as know I would chicken out. Haven't heard of encaustic work before.
    Just found this in case it may help?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHt-x0yIVXg
    Happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #33

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  4. Such lovely work - clever you! x Jo

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  5. Ha ha, yes, good timing! Love the pears. They look so realistic. But I am liking the encaustic works very much! They look way better than "first attempts"! It's something I want to try.
    The colouring technique (on that floral die cut) is just twinkling H2o's. And the knitting is really quite easy, honestly :)

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  6. Love your pix this week, the trees are lovely, and I like the way you have anchored those pears with the use of shadows, the look great. I think the encaustic work looks like glass , that was my first thought.

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  7. I love the encaustic look - there's something very dreamy about it. Your leaf looks wonderful! If that's the one you "messed up" it doesn't look like it. I love your pears too - I could look at those colours and watercolour textures for hours! Have a lovely week - zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #38

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  8. Hot wax, paint and pastels sound like quite a combination. Since I don't know what your leaf should look like, I'd say it's quite nice! Always fun to learn new things:)
    Kristiina #21

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  9. I love the leaf and would never know it didn't go as planned - it has a soft and mellow feel to it. The little bird is delightful and would make a fabulous design on a Christmas card - I just love him! I have worked with wax on several occasions and must admit I don't enjoy the process but like the end result - it's really too messy and random I find! Hope you have a great week and thanks your earlier visit,
    Diana #22
    Oh, almost forgot to say the pears are just stunning!

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  10. Sandra, Love the images. I really like the little bird.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    By the way you are No. 24, not 26.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue # 18

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  11. Well, as I'm a bear of very little brain, I can't be trusted with mire than two techniques at a time, so I applaud your dexterity!!! I rather like the leaf and wouldn't have known any different...but the little birdie has my heart!
    And you have magnificent pears, daahhling ;-)
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

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  12. You are very brave, attempting encaustics, Sandra - not something I've ever tried! I like the results, though, however much of a struggle it was to achieve it. Thank you for your lovely comment - I am feeling a lot better these past couple of days and more cheerful again which is a good thing (well, I expec my hubby appreciates it lol!) but today haven't managed to get in the studio because I've had a friend visiting. It's a busy week this week!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #30

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  13. I love that you try stuff and have a good go before you decide. I cannot do the encaustic to save my life, I burn and over compensate and generally am over it! Your leaf looks pretty real to me! I LOVE the pears, my word you really did paint want you saw, gorgeous.

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  14. Such interesting creations - feel mine is all pretty tame really - good to try new stuff. Anne x #34

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  15. So much gorgeous art work such a talented lady. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 29

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  16. Even the word encaustic sounds painful but when you mentioned heat gun I was out. I would have burned the thing right up (he he). I thought your leaf was gorgeous, the colours are beautiful. Those pears are just perfect. The shading is just right, I'm envious as I just can't get the hang of watercolours. I've been studying those trees in your journal, would love to have a go at those, yours are fab. Have a great week, Von #8

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  17. Loving what you are doing here...great colors and fun effects. I'd love to have sometime to try some new things...maybe winter. Thanks for the visit Have a happy weekend. And my favorite is the leaf, I think it turned out perfect.

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  18. I love how the colors move on the leaf one myself, but the idea of melting wax would be something I think I would have to haul everything to the kitchen. ( my "desk" is a plastic folding table haha) ~Stacy #48

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  19. I really like the leaf! Again, it didn't turn out how you planned it but it looks great! I thought about trying
    encaustic. Hope to see more of this!

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