Let's Give a Warm Welcome
I have been creating art for around 15 years now but more so since early retirement due to illness. I am never happier than when I am covered in ink, paint or glue but mostly I enjoy discovering new techniques through trial and error. You will often find me creating odd pieces with odd techniques; for example I have worked using broken eggshells, paint and crackle medium to create an unusual frame. I once also made a frame from Pasta which I hang in my hallway of my home.
I love smaller pieces of art and rarely work on large canvasses.
Blogging is another love of mine and you can tell that as I have three main blogs. Dezinaworld ( my main digital design blog) Dezinaworld collage sheets ( the sister blog where my collage sheets can be found and they are FREE )
and my personal art blog for some of my art work is called Arty Retreat.
"Waxed Mix Frame"
2 pieces of ATC size plain card stock
Machine to emboss
Text background from old book
Distress ink or other inks
Crayola or other wax crayons
Travel iron or encaustic iron
Dark pen or marker
1. Take two identical plain piece of card stock (I chose ATC size but other sizes will work.) One is for the base and one is for your frame.
2. Emboss one of the pieces of card stock for a nice texture. I used one of the texture fades from Sizzix.
5. Then take a pre-cut image (mine is from my own Desinaworld images) and check the arrangement of your background image, placing the torn frame over the top to see how it will work and for positioning.
6. Glue the background to the base and then the image to that. Do not glue the frame.
7. Now, for the messy wax part.
9. Take the colour or combination of colours you want for your frame from a a box of crayons.
10. Cut small pieces and put to one side ready to use.
11. Lay the frame down on a protected surface ( I used newspaper but would not recommend it as it can pick up ink from the print) Kitchen paper or scrap paper would work much better.
12. Now, lay pieces of the wax down onto your frame lightly over the top, wait a few seconds and the wax will melt and your iron will lay flat to the surface.
13. Lift the iron and wipe clean if using a different colour next. Keep on repeating the process until all gaps are filled and wax merges.
You need to adhere the frame to the base ATC. Wax is greasy and makes this difficult so you need a strong very sticky glue. I use glossy accents for this, it works really well and bonds the two perfectly. Once you have done this, trim anything at the edges. Then if you wish to define the torn edge in the center just take a marker pen and carefully draw around the torn edging to finish.