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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Encaustic Wax

I have been absent for almost two months but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy creating. Just the opposite is true. Lately I've been working on my house and yard, weeding flower gardens, planting new flowers, painting our deck and adding a few new shrubs. So nice to be outside after a long, cold, extremely snowy winter. I went away for a quilt retreat with Minnesota Contemporary Quilter's one weekend in May. I will have to show you photos of what I worked on while I was there. I went to visit my mom a time or two. One of the visits we celebrated her 93rd birthday! We managed to get 19 of us together at her nursing home for the party.

In between all of those things I finished my quilts for the Minnesota Quilt Show and a challenge quilt for my small group. I have my first solo show at the the City Hall in my town. It's exciting to see my work hanging up in this beautiful space and is inspiring me to do more and make it better.

One of the fun experiments I have done lately is play with encaustic wax. It is very fun and you really can't make anything that looks bad because you can re-melt the wax and change it until you like it. I like the landscape images I can create with the wax. I just like landscapes, and to find a new way to create them is exciting. About a year ago I bought a video and tools to learn how to work with this medium. But, it sat, and sat and sat on my shelf. I kept saying that I was going to get to that project but kept pushing it back.

At our March SAQA meeting we talked about goal setting. My example goal that I wanted to accomplish was to pull out that video and play. I guess writing it down as a goal is what it took. The next week I pulled it out and played for an entire afternoon.

Here are some photos from that day. I have since taken one of the landscapes scanned it into my computer, printed it on fabric and quilted it for the SAQA exhibit at the MQ show.

Here are my rolling hills
These are a little higher peaks
These are higher and more distant
This one is a sunset on a canvas, I like the metallic wax!
This is one of my son's favorites. It looks a little like dracula's castle, way up on the hill.
The video I have was created by Michael Blossom, I had so much fun I just bought another book by him to take my landscape to another level. Can't wait to play again, this time I will pencil it in my calendar in the near future.
Have a creative day

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