Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Women ~ Waxed Mix Frame Tutorial

Let's Give a Warm Welcome

June MacFarlane 

Guest Artist

Wednesday Women!!

June Macfarlane lives in North East England with her large family. She is a mixed media artist and crafter and also a digital designer.
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
Embossing folder
Machine to emboss
Cut-out image
Text background from old book
Distress ink or other inks
Glossy Accents
Crayola or other wax crayons
Travel iron or encaustic iron
Dark pen or marker
Kitchen roll


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.

3.When the frame is embossed, fold it exactly in half and tear a hole carefully from the center, unfold and reveal a torn edge frame. Put this aside for now.

4. Next, you will need to build the base for your ATC. Colour the book text or other background you choose using some distress inks or chalks.

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.

8. Heat up an old travel iron or encaustic iron (use an iron that can no longer be used as a home iron for clothing)
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.

To Finish:
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.

View June's beautiful Artwork on these blogs:


Netty said...

Terrific tutorial, loving June's work. x

Unknown said...

looks like time to find an old iron at a yard sale! We always have broken crayons around and this looks like a great technique!

Stamped Impressions said...

Thanks for being our Guest Artist!! said...

Very cool technique! Love your images too. Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for having me as your guest artist, i feel very proud to be here and thanks for the warm comments :)

birdnest said...

Thanks June! I need to go out and buy some crayons now! Love this technique, can't wait to try it! Bird

Gina said...

That is an amazingly effective technique!! Thanks for sharing it June :D XXX

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous ATC with an amazing frame June - just love it.
hugs {brenda} xox

jude said...

Absolutely stunning ATC and fab tutorial.Thanks June will certainly give it ago with wax crayons
hugs judexx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

A wonderful tutorial with stunning result.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I loved seeing your wonderful 'encaustic' tutorial, June. So gorgeous and beautifully created. I now have you on file...well done, girlfriend. Luv u, luv it. Hugs, Gayle.

Deborah said...

Cool wax technique. And cheap too!

michele hileman said...

WOW that is so cool. gonna have to dig out my crayons...

Thank you so much June for sharing with us

michele hileman said...

You can be our guest artist anytime you like.

Robyn said...

Fabulous Tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I can't wait to try it!!

KayJay said...

So beautiful! Thank you for the detailed tutorial. I can't wait to try this application. Your blog is a wonderful source of inspiration. I am new to the ATT group and I have really enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs. I feel like I am on a virtual field trip of art studios.

Kathy said...

Great tut June.. love it.. can hardly wait to try it..

Ibarra Creations 4U said...

Hi June, beautiful ATC!!! I have to give your technique a try!