Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Faux Beeswax Pages...

In continuing with my Discovery Journal I am making at the expert guidance of Roni...Ink Stains fame this is my faux beeswax attempt.  I used a manila folder and tore it down the middle giving me two pages to work on.  In the future...yes I will be doing this technique again...I will select a sturdier base to work on.  I think I would like this effect on a paper mache store purchased container like a hatbox.  My pages warped and turned out a bit stiff and therefore do not turn easily in my 3-ring binder. This first photo is sort of my layout.  I am using tissue, paper lacy doily and lots of chipboard pieces.   
 On this page I am using the same materials and adding a torn magazine photo.  This photo shows the glue process.  I used a white Elmers glue and it takes quite a while to dry as I really gave everything a good coating to be certain they were adhered.  As my pages warped I would press down the items and apply more glue. 
 Now I have added and glued a layer of dressmaking pattern paper to the page.  This also helps hold down the chipboard objects.  I did also use a foil top off a wine bottle you can barely see in the bottom right corner.  Everything appears cloudy now because the white glue has not dried but will eventually be clear. 
Here is a page all dry and stuck down.  I think the dressmaker pattern tissue gives the pages just the right tone that resembles warm beeswax.  The page is slightly warped but that is not a problem for this piece.  Please remember I am practicing a new technique Roni is teaching us.  I do not expect perfection from myself in this journal as that is what normally keeps me from attempting to make things. 
On this dried page I have added the crowning touch of Perfect Pearls and hand rubbed it in.  I did not have the same color as Roni so I used what I had.  That is part of the fun of this Discovery Journal techniques class.  We are using what we have so we don't have to rush out and pay big bucks on new supplies we might never use again.  I truly appreciate that about Roni and her style.  My art budget is very tight these years and I am thrilled to be able to make art with what I have in my cupboards. 
Thank you once again Roni.  I really like this faux beeswax and can see it used again in my gift giving. 
Now I can begin on the next Discovery technique.  Please stay tuned...
Are you following Roni and making your own Discovery Journal?  I am super glad I am doing this.  It is expanding my skills.
Terrific rest of the week...
September surrenders to Autumn. 

13 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous outcome. When you compare what you started with and where you ended up the transformation is really beautiful. I need to finish up with Halloween and give this a try!

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  2. What an interesting project. Love the end results.
    Thanks for sharing
    Love
    Maggie

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  3. What an interesting project. Love the end results.
    Thanks for sharing
    Love
    Maggie

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  4. Very interesting! Now I sort of wish I'd kept all of those old pattern pieces!

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  5. Great job, Sherry. I am following Roni and have had a busy couple of weeks but today is a rain day so I'm hoping to get some of my homework done and I don't mean housework! lol

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  6. It looks like a lot of fun to do!

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  7. This is beautiful Sherry! I love what you're doing with this journal and you obviously are enjoying yourself. Yes; patterned tissue paper is wonderful. It's one of my favorite art supplies.

    Your post about your Grandmother is so heartfelt and lovely. I do remember those album covers. I'm so happy that you had this kind of relationship with your Grandmother. I hope to build this kind of bond with Sophia and me. I,myself, never knew either of my grandmothers or grandfathers for that matter.

    I so enjoy your posts.

    Best always - Marilyn xxoo

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  8. It looks super Sherry!! I'm so glad you're having fun with this project, I know it's really boosted my spirits :)

    Can't wait to see more!

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  9. this is so cool.... i have been wanting to try encaustic wax, but i don't like to get my hands dirty. Let me know if you ever want to teach this... i know a store looking for good teachers... hehehe

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  10. Wow, very creative, love the birds!Sending big hugs and sincere wishes for a weekend filled with joy, Katherine

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  11. OH!!!! I have wanted to try beeswax on something, that sheer paper did give the effect!!! What fun!

    ~ Violet

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  12. Wow! What an amazing process for your layout! I think the end results are wonderful. It looks like tremendous fun!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  13. I was actually perusing these pages of yours the other day, but my computer was giving me fits in leaving comments...I am not a "scrapbooking" person myself, but absolutely LOVE what other create with paper, and I absolutely LOVE this with the pattern over the top of it all - FABULOUS!!!! It DOES look like beeswax - off to enjoy more of the blog with my morning coffee!

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