Friday, October 24, 2008

Stamping Into Beeswax

I got my car back yesterday and it feels so much better to have a set of wheels again. It been cold and rainy most of the day so I spent most if it in my workshop. I am currently hosting a swap for one of the lists I belong to called the monthly techniques swap. This month it is beeswax, so I have been working on those cards. (I like to make everyone a card that participates in my swaps.) At first I wasn't too keen on using beeswax because I wasn't very successful with it, but this time I had better luck. I like working with making impressions in UTEE with a rubber stamp so I decided to try it with beeswax. After much trial and error I came up with the 10 cards that you can see in the slideshow on the left. In case anyone wants to try it here's what I found works best.

Working with beeswax
1. You want to use stamps that have big lines and "crevices" in between the lines that are pretty widely spaced. 

2. Get your card all ready by gluing down all the images where you want them. (Be sure and leave a space for the rubber stamp imprint.) 

3. Brush on a coat of beeswax and then hit it with a heat gun to even out the layer. 

4. Place your card on no stick craft mat as close to your melted wax as you can get it.

5.  Spritz your stamp with a good amount of water. (You don't want to completely fill all the crevices but you want it good and wet.) Now hold the stamp in the hand that you aren't going to apply the wax with. 

6. Use a good sized brush that will hold a lot of wax and brush it on where you want the imprint. I do one quick coat, dip again really quick and drip some on the same spot. 

7. Drop your brush very quickly and stamp IMMEDIATELY with the other hand. When I say immediately I mean  "do-it-so-quick-that-your-hand-is-a-blur". 

8. Let the stamp sit on the wax a few seconds then slowly and gently pull it up. If it doesn't come up on it's own then let it set a few more seconds to cool. If it is cool and still doesn't come up then you didn't use enough water. 

9. If it's stuck then peel it up, scrap off the excess wax from your card, and use the heat gun to even the layer out again. Try the same process all over again until you get it the way you like it.

10.   To bring out the imprint I rubbed on antique gold Rub-N-Buff with a make up wedge. (I rubbed it around the whole edge of the card too.) 

Don't be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get a good imprint. There was only one card that I got it on the first try. All the others I had to do at least 3 or 4 times. One card even had to be done 8 times. If it takes more then 3 or 4 tries then you may want to consider the fact that the stamp you chose is not a good imprint candidate. 

Give beeswax a try and see if you like it. I plan on playing with it plenty more since I have heard about many other things to try. I heard you can color it with oil pastels, wax crayons, wax dye, ink for dyeing UTEE in a melting pot and oil paints. 

Have fun and if you have any questions just email me. (vbrincheck@comcast.net)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Well this is the second day of me writing on my blog. I have mostly been uploading all the artwork I have done over the last few years. Hopefully I will be able to figure out the slideshow and get it working so you will be able to see more of my artwork. I plan on making some tutorials explaining how some of the art was done, but that is another day.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

First day of blogging


Hi Everyone,

Well I finally did it. I now have my own blog. Today I was stuck without a car because I gave it a boo-boo last week. (It was a really stupid one too.) But that is another blog entry. So since I couldn't go anywhere I played in the basement all day. For those of you that don't know, that is where my workshop is and all things crafty are made. Anyways... today I finished an art doll for a list that I belong to.
  (See the photo to the right.) The theme was asian and I decided to do a Samurai Warrior in full battle armor, instead of the usual Geisha. I actually thought I had finished him yesterday but then

realized he had no sword. (What good is a Samurai without a sword?) So now he is done and I don't want to part with him. I'll keep him for a few days and then mail him to my swap buddy. I also worked on a JAM swap. (Still not sure what JAM stands for so don't ask me.) Here's how it works. It is always done with 3 people and the first one does just the background for the cards. (ATC standard size.) They send it to the second person who adds a few things then sends it on to the third person. The third person finishes it and keeps one then mails the others to the first person. The first person then mails the last card to the second person. I know it may sound confusing but we all end up with a card that everyone contributed to. (SHEW!) Anyways... I did a punchart poinsettia (see photo on the right) because the title was Christmas in September. (The background was green and red... go figure.) Don't worry I'll be sure and post the card when I get it back from the third person.