I really enjoy playing in mixed media and learning new techniques so I was thrilled when a girlfriend, Deborah Mahnken, offered to teach a small group of creative friends the basics of encaustic. We were hosted by Pam Keravouri at her beautiful, light-filled studio.
Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment) that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated to fuse the wax and layers.
Encaustic is all about layering so I added a small square of complimentary paper from my stash. I wanted to keep things simple so I just added one more pop of color by applying blue encaustic through a piece of punchinella.
Don't you just love the dimension? My intention was to turn this into a mixed media piece so I buffed the surface and set it aside as I turned my attention to photos.
As a member of the Quick Quotes Design Team I was gifted with a printer to use for my projects. The Canon Pixma TS6020 comes with Image Garden Software and I really love it! Last month I created a photo collage using the Travel & Leisure 9 template. I was able to create a collage with 5 photos and custom journaling and print the whole thing out as a 5"x7" photo, which I then used on a layout - you can see it HERE. I am using the same template this month to achieve a completely different look!
In the template, the photos look like mini polaroids. I often use small photos in my projects and this template is a brilliant way to quickly create those pictures with the added bonus of custom journaling!
I created the collage and printed it out as a 5" x 7".
The template does create a slight overlap of the polaroid images, but it is very simple to trim them out and square them up.
I added a piece of ribbon from a Quick Quotes Ribbon Grab Bag behind the photo and then finished things off with washi tape and a charm from my stash. Here's another look at the finished panel:
We had a wonderful time at Pam's beautiful studio and here is a little snapshot of my creative friends with our encaustic panels.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie
Ribbon Grab Bag
Canon Pixma TS6020
Ampersand encausticbord 5"x5"
R&F Encaustic paints
Natural fiber brushes