Sunday, 25 October 2009

Waxed Papers

You may have noticed I've had a rest from my PC for a couple of weeks! I'm going to be teaching a few classes at The Beetroot Tree Gallery so I've been practising and producing some examples.
I've been playing with waxed papers....great fun!!

This is my journal cover decorated with waxed papers and metal. I've just discovered the joys of cutting out shapes from the copper sheet using a paper punch.

To make the paper............first spray inks onto a piece kitchen towel and when dry, screw it up. Next step is to glue it onto a piece of A4 paper with a thin layer of PVA - keeping the creases . Then when the glue is dry you need a candle (or beeswax) plus an old oron (I used a quilting iron). Put the iron onto the wax and let it drip onto the paper, all the time smoothing it out with the iron. Don't let the wax get thick and cloudy (if it does, just keep ironing it away).
The paper ends up like thin leather.....it feels gorgeous........and of course you can stitch into it and use it for all sorts of things.

Here's the finished piece....click on it for a closer view.

And another example.

23 comments:

Anni's Art said...

Wow hat a fantastic piece, love the colors, thanks for sharing this technique it seems to be fun.

Heather said...

This is an amazing technique - so simple yet giving wonderful results. Your students will have a super time with this and thankyou for being so generous is sharing it with us. I shall definitely have a go myself.

Catharina Maria said...

That looks great , I will try this

love Rini

Have a nice time with your students .

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

WOW Linda! I can only imagine your students delight when you showed them what they were going to learn! The combo of copper and your waxed paper technique (thanks so much for sharing that)are marvelous. Wonderful colors and textures! Now you deserve a nice rest or wait ... more classes on the horizon? ;)
oxo

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

had to go back for another lookie look ... brilliant how you used what was left after you punched AND that you stitched thru the copper ... my machine went on the fritz, must get it fixed ... thank you for always inspiring me dear Linda!
oxo

miekvugts@planet.nl said...

This looks great .Amazing colours.
Thank you for charing this technique.

Snap said...

Wonderful, wonderful colors. Thanks for the lesson! Have a great time at the class ... lucky students!

Sandy said...

Wow what a fantastic piece.
The technique is great.
Brilliant work.

Mar said...

have at class
the participants will enjoy these projects!

they turned out terrific

Jackie said...

Its a lovely effect. Its funny but when alysn from the beetroot tree came to our group to make books I did my cover with waxed paper. Strange connection.

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

Excellent tutorial! I have always wondered how you did the papers on the front of your journals.

I've starred this post. It's definitely a revisit! Thank you for sharing.

*jean* said...

ooo this looks fabulous!!! i can't wait to try it!! best wishes on your class and well done!!

Jacky said...

Hello my lovely.... been thinking of you lately and wondering what you have been up to since your holiday. Talk about busy!!!! your Maze books and this new waxy paper is fantastic, you're such a talent and so generous with your techniques.
I love the look of the wax paper (looove wax). The copper cutouts look fantastic too...your classes are going to be wonderful. Cant wait to see pictures!

Have fun!

Jacky xox

Holly Loves Art said...

OH YES! Great fun! I always feel so inspired when I come here! Such beautiful work, sweet blue eyed girl!

Have a wonderful week!

Holly

Lynn said...

Wow, so this is the waxed papers. I thought you meant you were using wax paper you know the kind you buy in a roll? LMBO...
This is very impressive, I have never seen it before and look at the beautiful results, I might have to finally use my wax.
The copper is amazing too and I can't believe you could sew right over it, you are so clever Linda. I absolutely love your finished results and the people in your class are SOooooo lucky :) Wish I could come, and thank you so much for taking the time to show us the process :)

Rosie said...

INSPIRATIONAL is the only word I can think of! What an incredible technique and the result is fabulous. Wish I was coming to your class ...

LazyKay said...

Oh THANK YOU for the 'how to' - what a great effect. Another thing to add to my ever growing list of things to try.

xxxxxxxxxx

Heather said...

I've just read the comment you left on my previous post Linda. My Mum is 101 and didn't really want to reach 100. She still recognises me which is a relief, but doesn't know where she lives or what time of day, or year, it is. I'm sure there are many like us, who are finding it ever harder to communicate with someone close. Thinking of you.

Kimmie said...

Oh! I WILL be trying this technique! Beautiful result with very little fuss - I love it!!!

Barb said...

Thanx for the tute ...love this technique.

ManonPopjes said...

What a lovely idea and I may just pop round to come and see what you teach in person. I think I am only an hour away from you. I hope you are well hon! Xx

Lorraine said...

this is great..thanks for sharing the technique.. when I visit your blog you have so many ideas to inspire and add to my every growing list to do

Ann Christine Dennison said...

I love this paper, thanks for the tip :-)