Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Waxy Workshop

I went to a workshop on Saturday just gone at Pickleberry Crafts in Faversham.  Bees wax, a melting pot, paper, lace, stamps, coffee, cakes and choccies.  What more could a girl ask for?

Met up with the lovely Sparkles from the DoCrafts forum and the fun teacher Jenni Boxall.

The project was supposed to be an accordian booklet of techniques, but mine kept sticking together when I folded it, so now it is a wall hanging.

Some of the wax techniques we learnt were:

1] Waxing over stamped images

2] Paper flowers and lace

3] Stamping into melted poured wax

4] Paper Napkins

5] Heat embossing into wax

6] Decoupage with wax

7] Applying perfect pearls onto warm wax

8] Stamping into brushed melted wax

I just couldn't get the hang of number 3 .  My stamping into melted poured wax ended up looking like a blob of melted cheese, not nice as I don't like cheese.

So, when I got home I scraped that bit off, remelted the wax and dunked a big blue flower into it, sprinkled the wet waxy flower with fine glitter, a quick brush of blue and gold perfect pearls.  I like it a lot better.

All of the six chipboard squares were covered with Tim Holtz papers before we worked on them.

Stamped images with Distress Inks, then painted melted wax over the top and smoothed out with heat tool

Paper flowers and lace dipped into melted bees wax.

This is the board that had a re-do at home.  Large paper flower, dunked in melted wax and a liberal amount of fine glitter was sprinkled onto wet wax then perfect pearls while the wax had set but was still warm.

This was a paper napkin that had been stuck with wax over the top of some ledger paper.  Bits of the left over napkin was used to add some texture at the bottom.

Wax painted over some backing paper, heated a little with a heat gun then stamped into with a music score stamp.  Then the corner was heated and stamped with a butterfly stamp.  An old gold colour of perfect pearls was dusted over the music stamp and a blue colour was put over the butterfly.

Melted wzx was applied to the base.  The butterflies were cut from a paper napkin and put on top of the hot wax.  Heat gently with a heat gun and the butterflies 'sink' into the wax.
I then stamped into the warm wax with a butterfly stamp and some gold leaf flakes rubbed into a few areas of still warm wax.

I think thats about it.

All in all it was a fun day.  Looking forward to the next workshop.


  1. Beautiful work. Must have a look at trying this, :)X

  2. really fabulous piece of work I love it

  3. A lovely day and great to see you again. Love your hanging too, especially the blue flower and butterfly with gold leaf, and the music and the bird, the lace and the birdcage.
    Well, all of it actually lol
    Sparkles x