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Friday, July 22, 2011

Chicken little breaks out!

I was determined to try this....
especially after hearing how much we all have in common!
I've put this off long enough ~
I purchased the Melting Pot at Michael's with a 50% off coupon, YAAAY!
Then I drove down the road and bought the beeswax at Hobby Lobby using their
40% off coupon.....this, my friends, is the way to buy new art supplies!

I printed out a precious little baby image on my printer ~
then printed this gorgeous image that was Lisa's gift in one of her tutorials.
I trimmed tracing paper to an 8 1/2" x 11" size so I could feed it through my printer.
Well, the ink stays pretty wet and I waited awhile for it to dice.
Then I sprayed it with a fixative (for pastels, etc.) and it worked great!

Then it was time to load up the pot ~ the cool thing about this melting pot is that it's temperature controlled!
Plus they tell you not to go over 180 degrees for wax...I have to have directions :)

My artwork is usually so structured....very so-so.
But this is so LOOSE!
I have to tell you though, I LOVED IT!
I've been wanting so bad to loosen my style up just a little....
and this, my friends, FORCED me!

I slathered on beeswax, dipped the image inside using tweezers...then the best part of all,
using my heat gun to melt it all again and thin out all that I'd caked up!

Here's the result:

I can't believe it, I LOVE IT!!!
I've got to try more....
What do you think?

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My precious granddaughter, Clara....just lovin' life!

Tellin' her mama the way it is!

Did I tell you this angel is a nature lover?
She's holding a little frog then let's him go on his merry way ~

Have a WONDERFUL Friday dear friends,
hugs and love,


Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Congrats! Wonderful work. Looking forward to a lot more inspiration now that you've gotten your feet wet. Just another dimension to what you already do. I think wax is a great compliment to your personal style.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

LOVE your new waxed piece Dawn - it´s so beautiful. It´s so much fun using wax. Never thought of using the heather though - have to try that out.
Wishing you a beautiful day sweet friend.
XO Tina

Sheila R said...

I too struggle with getting out of my comfort zone in crafting and sometimes trying something new. I just need to push myself to try it and enjoy the process. Love what you did with the beeswax!

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~
I love how that came out ~ that is a really cool melter thingie ~ I need to get one of those ~
Clara is so cute telling her mama the way it is :)

Karen B. said...

Hi sweet Dawn,

love it!!! I will have to try this sometime! Clara is so sweet!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

marie said...

I love your new creation Dawn! It's beautiful!

Clara is too!

Cyn said...

I have wanted to try beeswax...maybe I should get brave and try it. Your piece looks great!

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Love it! I'm proud of you for breaking out of your mold :) This turned out beautifully, thanks for sharing with us!


Ella said...

It is beautiful; I love how wax adds such rich look to your stunning creation! I so want to go get one now, lol. Next week; I have to cross the state line to go get my craft items, so worth it. We don't have a Hobby Lobby...I'm jealous :D

I love the photos of Clara...she is such a doll!

Joy Lett said...

And did you use an old book cover for your base? Love it. You should "loosen" up more often.

Leanne said...

ooh fixative to fix printer ink refusing to dry, brilliant! I never thought of using tracing paper before either ... if you have a little iron you can remelt the wax that way and move it around... although I never fail to do that without a) cursing and b) getting puddles of wax from the iron on my table....

Rhonda said...

Dawn, you are just too sweet. I love this post and I WANT your creation. It is beautiful.
I've got to tell you, making loose pieces is the best, it's so much more comfortable working with frayed edges and it relaxes me.

Love it Love it Love your piece for sale?

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Great art! Keep your eyes peeled at thrift stores etc for gently used beeswax candles. Same stuff only cheaper. That's what I use. I found a giant beeswax candle at a yard sale, it was broken in half but it will last me for years and years. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

kluless said...

I love your wax piece. I have been telling myself I do NOT need to buy stuff to play with wax but this post may have lured me over!

jennifer768 said...

Clara is adorable !Love the pic of her and the frog. Love your new wax piece ! Have a great weekend!Jen

Sheila A. said...

Hello, Dawn, little Clara is just such a beautiful child. She looks like an angel!
I want to tell you something: Just in the last few days, I saw something on a cable station about keeping your children away from those little frogs. I hesitated to write this to you because I didn't hear enough of the story. It could have been just a crazy tease to a story, but you may want to look into it. I noticed that no one else mentioned it. I enjoy your blog SO much. Thank you for all you do.

marda said...

Beautiful art work...inspires me too. Dawn is a doll..lucky lucky you, you get to see her often.

marda said...

OOOps.. I meant to say... Dawn, Clara is a doll..etc. You're a doll to Dawn.

Romeo said...

Yep. I knew the minute you tried it you'd be hooked. I have the same little melting pot and love it. What I don't have is a heat gun. Well I did but I can't find it. Stashed it away or perhaps gave it away because I never used it. Still even without a heat gun, I was waxing everything that didn't move LOL

But I so know what you mean about being a "chicken". Last night I was out there reading blogs.... however, I had just finished one of the pillows for the show (new design) and was happy with it. And then I froze into a big old chicken. What if the next one I make doesn't turn out. What if. What if. What if. So I retreated back out of the room and took a safe seat in front of the computer. Yep. I can relate to chicken all too well. You'd laugh with me if you knew all the kewl things that I have bought supplies for and am afraid to try. I mean c'mon what if it doesn't turn out and then I've wasted the money I spent on those supplies. Yep. I feel your pain LOL Please DO stop by and see me at Country Living. This chicken will need a fellow chicken hug for sure!

Deborah and Romeo (who wants a big poster of him out front at the show ;)

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Hi Dawn, I'm glad you like it I haven't had time to open mine up and try it, but will soon, on my "to do" list, have fun! Marilou

Denise J. Phillips said...

Yippie! You did it girl! And it came out great! Isn't working in wax wonderful! And the feeling when the piece comes together is priceless! Since you sew, you can use, (dedicate an old one), a clover seam iron, (the one with the different heads, but use the triangle head), heat it up, and you can move through the wax like butter. Also take a soft cloth like a tee shirt and you can gently buff the wax to be shinny.
I'm glad you got over your hesitation and jumped right in!
Enjoy!!! xo

Lee said...

I have two things on my list- solderin iron and melting pot!! Love it!!

Clara is adorable- the finger-wagging is the best!!

laurie said...

there is nothing smell better than bees wax,, lovely photos,,sweet heart of a little girl with her frog,

Rustique Gal said...

Dawn, Isn't it fun??? I've done a few pieces like this and totally love the results. I like the autograph book overlay. Now I know what to do with my old autograph book! I love that printing on tissue makes the paper just seem to disapear and the image to remain.
That little Claire is SO cute and growing up SO fast! Enjoy yourself!

Rustique Gal said...

Little Clara, that is! (Pay attention, Sherry!)

The Rustic Victorian said...

Clara is growing so fast, she must just crack you all up! They say the darndest things!
Love the beeswax! It is so natural ,,,,so you Miz Dawn.

Bumpkin Bears said...

I love your image, it must have been such fun to create :) Little Clara is totally precious, love the photo with the frog! Hugs, Catherine x

Cheryl De Beer said...

Your Granddaughter is precious - aren't grandchildren the most special little people? I want to do wax work! Wonder if I could get some beeswax somewhere here and a melting pot????? Going to have to do some searching.

Deborah said...

Dawn, Clara is a precious doll! Love the new art work. You are on a roll!

Lana said...

Awww, Clara is such a cutie!

Working with wax is wonderful, isn't it? Your piece is just lovely, Dawn! :)

Cottage and Broome said...

Loved the use of wax, I have been wanting to try that in my collages! Thanks for sharing.

Dorthe said...

Hi again sweet Dawn-
my family have gone home, and I am back blogging!
And what do I find ? the most beautiful waxed piece, it is so very lovely, dear friend, I love the little floverstems you added ,and the schripture ontop of the wonderful baby,- it is a most gorgeus art piece, sweetie.
Clara is just too, sweet- and I even miss Mathilde more, when seing those charming photoes of your angel grandchild.
Love and hugs from,

Laurie said...

Oh, your beeswax'd art turned out so awesome! Thank you for showing us how to do it -- I really want to try it!


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