Waxing Lyrical

Welcome to a new week! Mine has started very well with the arrival of my very first blog give away win from  Martina from Sunshine Quilting. Martina made me a sweet little purse in my favourite colour, why not pop over to her blog to see what she’s getting up to?


Not only have I had a lovely start to this week with my little win but I also had a lovely end to last week as I was given the opportunity to try a new to me craft.

I visited a new friend and she gave me a mini lesson on Encaustic art. Has anyone heard of it?

It involves special coloured wax which you melt onto an iron and then, for want of a better word, smear over shiny paper to create a background. Once that’s done you use the iron in different ways to make different effects.

I’m sure any encaustic art artists are cringing at my rather crude explanation, I know there’s a lot more to it than that but  hey, I’m a beginner!

Here are my masterpieces…

I sort of hope you can tell what it is!
A little octopus peeping out!
The background looks like fronds of seaweed waving about, which is what I’d hoped for 🙂
This is a slice from the original ‘painting’ made into a bookmark.


I sort of hope you can tell what they are?!! Remember this is a basic beginners work – be kind!

Of course, like a lot of crafts this one needs specialist materials so it’s unlikely I shall do any more for a while but it was great fun to try – thanks J 🙂

So, have any of you tried this?


Until next time,

Chris x

(I am linking this post up to Celtic Thistle Stitches New to you in March)


8 thoughts on “Waxing Lyrical

  1. It looks amazing Chris, exactly like seaweed fronds too! I have never come across this before but I shall certainly look out for it from now on, I would love to give it a go 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to New to Me too.

  2. OMG that’s gorgeous – absolutely stunning! I’ve never heard of Encaustic art before – I somehow manage to get wax on my iron without even trying (or actually – you know – using any WAX!) 😀 When (not if) you do this again, you should take before, during and after pictures!

  3. Hello Chris – have seen this around but have never tried it. Somewhere I have been to there is a tiny shop selling cards made from this but I just can not remember where! Must be in France. Pretty purse – nice win. xx

  4. Karen K

    I never heard of this type of art before. Yours turned out pretty. What are you going to do with it….frame & hang it up? Or a card? Congrats on your win! It is a great way to start the week.

  5. that is fabulous! yes, I very much can tell that it’s a sea scape. You’ve done amazing work, honestly, I can’t believe it’s your first time! I have heard of encaustic art and seen it demo’d at trade shows, but I haven’t tried it yet

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