The title sort of gives it away lol, yes I've been playing with the encaustic wax again! I do struggle but it does get easier the more you practice and I can get a few background sheets done if I'm lucky before there is melted wax and smoke all over the place! The smoke is a little worrying, I have the iron set on low so I think I'm taking so long putting wax on, accidently taking it off and then putting it back on that I think it may be overheating, I learn something new every time I try!
I found out that you need to stamp first - using a dye ink (pigment ink melts before your eyes when you put the wax and iron on it - trust me on this one!) and apply the wax after. If you use light colours (I used yellow, red and pink) then the image still shows through and then I discovered that I could use alcohol pens to lightly colour on top of the wax. Really expected it to smear but no it seemed to set OK. I used Clear Lacquer on the flower heads to lift them a bit. Even used a die on a scrap and that seemed to work as well (note to self - do remember to clean the die afterwards! Some of the wax got trapped but soon came off) Finally some pink and gold sequins were added. I'm entering this card in February's Chocolate Baroque Challenge 20 as I've used their stamp - Spring Bird Tulip on it.
This one really doesn't photo well but I followed the same principle as the other and it does look lovely in real life, this time I used Chocolate Baroque stamp set Poppy Meadow and just coloured the leaves not the flowers as I felt the wax coloured them well enough.
Well that's it for now, I'll be back this Thursday with some DT work and I really must get ready for my workshop next Saturday! Keeps me off the streets eh? Hope you have a good week and thanks for looking. x