We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 4 October 2013

Waxing lyrical .....

Some time ago, at the Ashtead Craft Club, we were introduced to encaustic art, and I loved it.  This technique uses pigmented wax which is melted onto the base of a hot encaustic iron.  The wax is then "painted" onto the card to create fabulous effects.

At the time I bought some wax blocks (I already had the iron which I used as a craft iron), and had a go at home.  I then moved onto other things, but sometimes it is good to revisit things, and I found my wax blocks the other day.  Which just proves that my craft room is not as tidy as it should be, but on the other hand it is fun to suddenly discover something I forgot I had!

So I had another go, using some sihouette stamps as thestarting point.  Because I'm not an expert, I never know how it is going to turn out, and if I don't like how it is progressing, I just swipe the iron over the card again to smooth the wax out.

This is what I ended up with.

And I made some cards.

I'm loving this at the moment, so I'm going to search out other silhouette stamps and do some more; though I would love to learn some more tips and tricks for this technique.

Happy waxing!


  1. Good thing that you gave it another try. This technique looks great in combination with stamping! I've never tried painting with wax before. Looks like a really fun technique. I imagine that you can't really plan what you are going to get. Beautiful colours too.

  2. looks fantastic, and i love the lavinia stamps! Is that fairy a lavinia stamp also, i dont think i have seen it before?

    1. Hi Kez, yes the fairy is a Lavinia stamp - had it some years so maybe it is no longer available? You could always contact them with a link to this post and ask.