Friday, June 13, 2014

Mix-Ability challenge: Heat it up!

Anna's Mix-Ability challenge for this week is to use our heat tools with a heat-reactive medium. I used two!

I'm not sure of the name of the technique I used for the base of my panel... maybe it's Layered Embossed Batik Resist? I'm not finding a tutorial anywhere, so I guess that means I need to make one!

I started with a row of clear embossed flowers from My Favorite Things, then added a wash of color with yellow Gelato. I let the panel dry, and added more clear embossed flowers over the coloring and other flowers... colored orange, stamped, and embossed again... and then added a final layer of purple. After everything was dry I put the panel between some layers of newsprint and ironed the embossing powder off, letting it absorb into the newsprint. It's sort of a batik look, and it's a fun one. Because I was using a textured watercolor paper, the embossed images aren't really solid, and I like how that looks.

In the upper left corner, I applied a melted wax medium through a stencil (also MFT). I'll confess that I own this because I had no idea what it was or how to use it, and just really wanted to see what I could do with it. It's cool. It comes in a tin, and you heat it, and can brush or scrape it to seal projects. If I had other supplies for encaustic painting, it would have some use there too, but I probably don't need another new skill.......

I painted over the wax with my finger, and then added some Inka Gold to create some silvery highlights. I heated again toward the center to let the wax melt and drip a little.

Grab your heat gun and join us!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Very impressive project Dina. Love the form and flow. This could hang on a wall with a frame around it as a piece of art.

  2. Getting to see the whole thing... it is gorgeousness. I thought that I saw inka gold yesterday when I saw the preview. LOVE this card.

  3. WOW!Beautiful card!!!Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Love the look of your project Dina....makes me want to grab my Weller and give this a try. Will have to save your post for when I have a bit more time tho'. TFS your creativity!!!

  5. This is lovely! I like the layers and movement, and it! Thanks for sharing the techniques. Off to find wax and whatever MFT is!