At the May Stampscapes retreat my stampin' sister Barb gave a demo on the Encaustic technique of coloring and I got hooked! Today I had a ball learning to use the tools and wax squares! With the kit I got a DVD. I watched the section on landscaping three times before I plugged in the iron. :o) You can see a piece of the video here. I am happy with the results you can get after just a few attempts. As I finish more pieces, I'll share! A few things Barb taught me and I what learned:
- Coat your card with beeswax first. You can find it at Michael's in the candle wax section. Use your weekly coupon (thank you Barb!)
- Move slowly over the card stock.
- Push your color.
- If you don't like your results, keep working it. This technique is very forgiving - I think that's one of the reasons I like it so much! You can easily fix your le boo boos! :o)
- The DVD is very helpful. I watched Barb and took notes. The DVD gives a bunch of additional techniques AND Michael is so encouraging. He made me feel like I could get the hang of it!
- Use glitter crayons to give a little bling in your art work (another Barb tip!)
- You can stamp before or after you use the waxes. If you stamp before, use a dye ink. If you stamp after, use a solvent ink. I found this out when I smudged my images. The good thing is, I could remove the entire image with a little cleaner (I used Stampin' Up!) and a paper towel. I squirted the cleaner on a paper towel and gently rubbed it off.
- Be patient. Allow things to dry. :o)
Stamps: Stampscapes 153B, 302A
Paper: Encaustic Creations glossy card stock Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select White Card Set, Stampin' Up! basic black, taken with teal
Inks: StazOn jet black
Accessories: Encaustic Creations iron, wax squares, Sharpie white extra fine point paint pen, Sakura Micron .005 archival ink pen, Crayola Metallic FX Crayons
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!