Monday, 17 September 2012

Haunted Design House 'I'm Melting'


 It's that time of the week again but first a thank you to all of you that stop by, Hi to to the regulars ( how weird is that?) and welcome to you if it's your first time.
 Ok back to that time of the week again, I am of course meaning the Haunted Design House challenge, this week it's 'I'm Melting'
basically create something a little dark/gothic or halloween inspired using the theme melted.You can interpret this anyway you choose, There are loads of great DT pieces to get your creative juices going over at Haunted Design House.
 When I knew we were doing this challenge my mind went straight to my melting pot, I have only used it a few times but I really love playing around with the melted wax. I have found it to be a medium that just lets you play, you can just layer up and layer up until you like what you are left with, if you make a mistake or don't like an area you can just go over it with the next layer of paper etc.
Right, so I chose to do a small canvas about 6''x8'' I started by spraying the canvas with Dylusion sprays, pink and orange going through to green blue and purple, at this stage it was BRIGHT but I new when the wax goes on it would mute it down a little, I sealed that with the first layer of wax, added some streaks of alcohol ink which i covered with wax before it had dried so it smeared and streaked in with the wax (make sense?)
 I stamped one of my new Stampotique stamps on to white tissue paper and layered it on, I was hoping for the tissue to become more translucent but you could still see it so I re stamped the image onto another bit of tissue paper and then sprayed with the Dylusion inks and stuck it down over the top of the first image, you can see the first layer poking out from underneath in a couple of places.I used some Tim tape for one of the edges and corners and stained them with distress inks to get rid of the stark white look. I also used one of my Dyan Reaverley saying stamps 'Until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you'll fly'
Its one of my favourite quotes and fits the Stampotique image really well.I finished it off with a Fleur de lis I cut out of grunge paper using my sizzix die, it was stained red with Dylusions and then embossed and highlighted with distress inks to match the other colours.As it's quite a thick medium it took a liberal amount of wax to get it stuck down but it all adds to the overall texture and depth.
 The pics have not really done this justice, because of the wax I was getting glare like no ones business, If anyone knows how to take these pics please let me know ;) x

I would like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp And Show their challenge is 'Tape It Up'  I used the Tim Tap in their. Also a big thank you to them, I was so lucky the other week, I won the draw for the $100 Ten year b'day draw.
I would also like to enter this into the challenge over at Anything But A Card their challenge is 'Texture' oh and of course, not a card.  Yay.  they are a new blog, this is challenge No 2  I love not making cards x ;)
Over at Lexi's creations they are also having an 'Anything But A Card'  challenge.

29 comments:

  1. A work of art mate! I have never used this kind of thing, so am in awe. . . xxx

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  2. Absolutely classy. Love it x

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  3. I already admired your canvas with my jaw dropped on the table on the HDH blog ... never got around to playing with melted wax and unfortunately I don't have any hope to be able to some time soon ... your work is just awesome again :-)
    I plan to do an ATC, got a very nice little stamp on Saturday at the stamp fair that popped into my mind at once when I read about the 'melting' :-D
    hugs, Suzanne xx

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  4. Great job on the canvas Mark. Congrats on the prize too; bet you'll have fun with that!

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  5. Great canvas Mark. Love the colours and the idea of being able to go over bits that don't quite work sounds fab! Never tried this but you are seriously selling it. Hugs, Buttons x

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  6. This is so cool! I'm not sure I could ever pull it off but you certainly inspired me to try!!! :) Thanks for joining us this week at ABAC :) :)

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  7. Canvas look great, love the colours. Re glare have you tried turning off your flash, I find that sometimes works. Love Francesca

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  8. wow, your canvas is awesome!! I haven't used the a lot either - but I'm always on the look out for ideas what to do with it ;)

    lucky you!! Two weeks ago I won $50, so I'm really happy too!! but it was really hard to choose what to order ;)

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  9. Absolutely stunning, Mark. Am lost for words!

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  10. Hi Mark, your canvas is superb, the colours are amazing and that fleur-de-lis really sets it off beautifully. I saw your name over at SSS - many congratulations on your brilliant win, I am sure you will spend it wisely. Never tried wax before but you do make it sound interesting. Anne :)

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  11. Mark, this is so cool! Love your canvas! Your colors are amazing. I don't do a lot with wax...I think I'm afraid of it. haha I need to just get over it though, don't I? Your piece is awesome! Love all of the stamping and tapes you've used, etc. Hey, thanks for the very nice comment you left on my blog as well. I so appreciate your thoughts. I respect your talent so much! Thanks for adding your piece to our challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Good luck and congrats again on the big win last week! <3 Candy

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  12. Fabulous board Mark!! I love those colours! Your wax technique is so cool, I must give it a go sometime, but I have to admit it does intimidate me a little :)Whoo Hoo on that huge win...so lucky!!! Thanks so much for joining us again at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  13. This one amazing canvas Mark and I love the sentiment :)

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  14. love the canvas, have had a play with wax but looks like i need to heat up my melt pot and play!! if only there was more time?! A great piece,well done on the win!! happy shopping, trace x

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  15. I've tryed wax...but i wasn't pleased with my finished piece. Maybe because i haven't a melting pot. But i love how the texture feels...and your canvas looks fantastic, as always.

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  16. Brilliant, Mark! I'm always amazed at the fab techniques you use. xxD

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  17. Wow what a brilliant artist you have become! Love it, I have wax, but have been to scared to use it!

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  18. Love your layers and your colors!!

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  19. What a fantastically textured piece of art! Amazing colours streaking across it - and lovely close-up of the sentiment where you can really see the blended media... just love it! And congrautulations on the $$$ and $ win - hope you enjoy your shopping spree!!
    Alison x

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  20. Oooooh this is amazing. I could look at your stuff all day. I need to try something with melted wax....hhmm. I need to research first. Love the colors in this and the different elements you used. Thanks also for joining us at Anything But a Card!

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  21. Wonderful creation, your absolutely amazing with your work...gives lots of inspiration to anyone looking at it. Love the colours, makes you think of autumn, warm cosy nights. Love it! Thanks for joining us again at Lexi's Creations lovely to see you come back to our challenges.
    Love and hugs
    Susan xxx

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  22. Where to start with this one Mark?? I love the idea of all your layers of inks, stamped tissue and wax and I know it will be one of those projects that you just want to see and touch! I adore your stamped image and the sentiment makes me want to rush out and shop but I didn't win an obscene prize so therefore only lucky chaps like you get to shop!!! Gorgeous canvas and you know I was pleased with your win. Glad you shared this at ABAC.
    Juliaxx

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  23. Stunning canvas Mark...wax, colours, image...everything fit just perfect together!
    Hugs from Slovenia

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  24. Gorgeous work, Mark! May I ask a stupid question? How do you apply the wax? I have a melting pot and some beeswax that I'm dying to play with. Your work inspires me so much! I wish I was half as talented as you :)

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  25. Really neat project! Love the way the colors are blending. Thanks for joining us at ABAC!

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  26. Beautiful! Love the texture and the rich colors! Whoo Hoo on winning the gift certificate during the blog hop! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  27. Fantastic creation, Mark! Love the warm tones and the quote fits perfectly. So inspirational, love it!Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

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  28. This is beautiful - love your colors!

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  29. What a gorgeous creation Mark, and so much work to create it. Love the colours and the images used.

    Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations, hope to see you back soon.

    Lin xx

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