Faux Encaustic Wax

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What is Faux Encaustic Wax? It's my version of melting cheap crayons instead of using "real" encaustic wax! I bought a new little iron at WalMart (craft section of the store, 10.00) and decided to try my hand at wax. With a tutorial from a stamping friend and a few YouTube videos, and I was well on my way to creating some backgrounds.

I had so much fun melting crayons and "painting" with my iron and old, broken crayons. This background uses regular white cardstock. The patterns are unpredictable (unless there's some experience which was not the case with me) and can be shaped and melted and re-done at the artist's discretion.

Since this piece looked "ocean-y" to me, I paired it up with a Michael Strong Cloisonne Fish image and backed the fish with some English Ivy Fantasty Fiber from Art Institute Glitter. The fish is colored with a Technique Junkies technique called "Pencil Over Marker" and I added some Stickles Glitter and a gem to his eye to complete the image. The corners are Cuttlebug die cuts and the stick-on gems are from JoAnn Etc.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fin-tastic weekend!!



Trena in Naperville said...

Kathie! Love it! Love it! Love it! The blended colors are fabulous and your focal point fish is just perfect for this card. The corners, the "bubbles" - all delightful! Who ever gets it will love it!

Take care and STAY POSTIIVE!

Evelyn S. said...

Just as lovely here as on TJ! ;-) I never would have guessed crayons, but the colors are fabulous!

Rosie said...

Great card love the way the colors are!!!!Thanks for sharing it.

Michael said...

Wow Kath! My favorite colors and a gorgeous card. Love this.

ModernaDesignsArt said...

Kathie, if fish could talk... he'd say he's happy to swim in your ocean! Beautiful background, I love the color combo and the overall composition with the attention you paid to every small detail. Perfect!
Dorly Weitzen, Israel

Sandra said...

very pretty - love the look!
Sandra ltb

jill_su said...

Wow Kathie... Love this look. And no 2 can be alike. I will be trying this technique today. Thanks for posting.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

No WAY! How brilliant! My mother in law introduced me to encaustic and she loves it madly. I thought there's no way I could afford another variety of craft supply. But now I can make her a faux encaustic card! You're a genius! And your fish is gorgeous. LOVE the colours and the way the wax looks all watery.

riki mills said...

thanks for this info, just started playing around with crayons ect, having hassles finding the right paper, some just "eat" the wax and turn into a muddy mess :) but that could just be me :)