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Monday, 29 February 2016

Creative Carte Blanche - Something New

The wonderful Linda Ledbetter along with the Curiosity Crew ladies - Annette, Candy, Cheryl, Hels, Susan and Yvonne, have started up a new blog called
On the first Friday of each month the ladies will be posting a new creative adventure and for this first month they want us to try something new, something we have never done before....

I did this piece a couple of weeks ago and have been pondering as to whether
to show it or not, I am really not happy with it but, hey, I tried something new!

I have seen a few people using wax recently, in different ways.  I do have a melt pot gathering dust and some beeswax waiting to be opened but I wasn't sure about doing that.  I have had a box of children's crayons for ages in my stash, and I just thought..... I wonder if..... could I  just use the crayons and a heat tool and make something..... here is the result..... for better or worse...

I used a 6" x 6" wooden base and melted three different colours of blue crayon onto it.  Once it was covered I just heated the whole thing again until it was quite liquid and then left it to dry.  It only takes minutes to dry.


I do NOT recommend the next step but I took a large metal bodkin needle, heated it and picked up some green crayon and fashioned it into stalks.... it took a long time and it wasn't easy, but experimenting is fun!

Next, I held the heat gun over a red crayon and I just let the drops land wherever they wanted.  I did the same with the black centres, it was a bit trickier getting the blobs to go where I wanted them to...  To finish off, I flicked some white gesso over it to add some light here and there.

I know, I know, I am sorry, it is hardly a piece of art but I was pleased that I at least had a go at something completely different and it has made me want to get my melt pot out again, dust off the beeswax and have a go, perhaps, at creating a collage.  So thank you ladies at Creative Carte Blanche, I would never have tried using wax, without your prompt!

Thanks for looking, please don't feel you need to comment, it was purely an experiment!

Hugs, Anne xx

44 comments:

  1. Oh wow Anne, what a great idea and the result is quite spectacular, those poppies really pop! Stunning effect!

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  2. Oh, Anne, das sieht ja traumhaft schön aus.
    Die Blumen leuchten unglaublich schön in dem blauen Hintergrund.
    Es sieht wirklich fantastisch aus, wie ein Öl-Gemälde...

    Herzlichst Sophie

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  3. Wow! What a stunning picture this makes and it must have been fun to make too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  4. wow Anne I think it's fabulous...love the poppies...here you go again...well and truly thinking out of the box and rocking it xxx

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  5. wow Anne I think it's fabulous...love the poppies...here you go again...well and truly thinking out of the box and rocking it xxx

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  6. I think this is stunning Anne. The colours all work so well together too. Beautiful creation. Hugs Rita xxx

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  7. I agree with everyone Anne...this is fabulous xx Love that dark blue and the poppies look fantastic against it. Totally awesome !!!

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

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  8. Not sure why you are apologizing for this project - it is a work of art and is fabulous. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the poppies was the wonderful installation at the Tower of London a year or so ago. I would say your piece is on par with that if that is the first thing I thought of. Guess I need to dig out the broken crayons and see what I can come up with but somehow all I can envision is a waxy mess.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  9. Love this! I'm amazed you did it with crayons!!!

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  10. Love this, Anne!! That red is awesome, and I LOVE poppies - especially against that fantastic blue! SO glad you posted this! xxx Lynn

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  11. I love the contrast, so stunning! Looking closely as you explain what you did, a lot of patience required but I love the colors and textures of it all. Hugs Kelly

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  12. Hi Anne I think this is really good. Something different, not expensive and really effective. well done you x

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  13. What a fabulous creation from crayons. It looks amazing Anne. I love how the poppies stand against the background colour.
    Toni xx

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  14. Goodness only knows why you toyed with the idea of sharing this with us Anne - its absolutely beautiful and I would beg to differ with you - it is indeed a piece of art and a stunning one at that . I totally love it and such a clever way to use those wax crayons.
    hugs x

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  15. Wow Anne, not sure what the hesitation was because this is just incredible!! You actually created a scene with a sky and clouds and flowers, the most I managed was a bunch of muddled swirls! Truly amazing! hugs :)

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  16. This turned out so pretty and I commend your efforts! I had so wanted to try my hand at wax, but don't know if I will get around to it for the PA challenge. Hugs, Autumn

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  17. Sorry Anne but I have to disagree with you, I think your wax crayon floral portrait is a beautiful piece of art! Those flowers just pop off the background, it is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it, can't wait to see what you melt next! Deb xo

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  18. Oh my goodness, Anne. I think this piece is awesome! I adore the bright colors and it's all WAX?!?! Fabulous! That blue background is amazing. I can't believe you melted three colors of blue to create that gorgeousness! And those stems....that must have taken FOREVER to "draw" them on with a needle. The red flowers are the perfect color and contrast with the blue background. Great experimenting and results! You go girl! Thanks for sharing your art with all of us at Creative Carte Blanche.

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  19. What a wonderful 'experiment' Anne! I love that deep blue background and the 'pop' of your red poppies! I'd say you were lucky in having them drop in all the right places! so glad you decided to share your lovely piece of art with us!! Julia xx

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  20. Anne! I am so glad you decided to share this piece with us! I think it's fabulous! What a clever idea to use crayons! I think it was an awesome experiment. The colors are fantastic! Never apologize for sharing something you feel isn't worthy - all art is beautiful and yours is outstanding! Thanks for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!

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  21. Hey Anne -- I think your new wax experiment looks pretty darn good. You are right - you tired and I know you learned lots from this endeavor. The combination of red, blue and green looks fantastic. I am really interested in this new blog - should prove interesting to say the least - there are so many wonderful techniques out there and it is really good not to see the same old thing!
    Sandy xx

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  22. This is what Creative Carte Blanche is all about. I absolutely love your "experiment" and that you shared your progress and your discoveries along the way. Your piece is dramatic and bold, and I just love it. Thanks for joining us and spreading the word.

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  23. The most original and beautiful creation I've seen with melted crayons! How you managed to create poppies is amazing. So brilliant!

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  24. Well you've got me worried Anne how many other wonderful 'experiments' of yours don't see the light of blogland!? So glad yiu have shared. It's a gorgeous piece and those red drops couldn't have landed any more artistically than they have! Hope you didn't get any burns with the stalks. As soon as I saw this I too thought of you at the tower of London exhibition. Hope you are continuing to improve and that David is on road to recovery too. Nicola x

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  25. WOW OH WOW!!! The fact you did this with crayons speaks volumes of your creativity and talent! Completely cool and gorgeous!

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  26. As always, you are way too hard on yourself! You're not only uber talented, you have the patience of a saint to make this! I don't know what it looks like IRL, but on my computer screen it really looks smashing! So vibrant with the reds and blue and greens and so very arty!! I want to go melt some of the boys' crayons that are just languishing here! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  27. Ummm, maybe you don't see what I see Anne, but I see Amazeballsness! You created a sky, with clouds moving and contrast-from crayons! Holy hot dog! And you even added in flowers -from drops off of a crayon!?! Yeppers, you sure did! Fantabulous and I can't only image the time this took. Wowzers to the ninth degree dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  28. I love it too Anne!!! Looks like you took on those crayons and most definitely won - lol! Such a dramatic and powerful piece. I love the random poppy heads and skillfully crafted stems. Love it!!! Jenny x

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  29. I am so glad you did decide to share this with us Anne as it is lovely. It is amazing how you have managed to get the background landscape quite by accident with the crayons and the bright red poppies in the foreground are very striking against the blue. I really like this piece as it pulls my eyes into the picture, a great experiment. Mo x

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous Anne, I love this. Those poppies as I see them are very striking indeed. Love it . Tracy x

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  31. I'm so pleased you decided to share this with us all Anne, it's beautiful and I bet looks great up on your wall.
    TFS, Julie x

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  32. Well I love your wax art picture Anne. We are are own worst critic aren't we, but in my humble opinion it is a little piece of beauty.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  33. Love the gorgeous deep and rich colors!!

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  34. I think it's a very successful experiment Anne! =)

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  35. Are you kidding me?! This is absolutely gorgeous Anne! And then to learn how you created it is even more impressive!! Well done-kudos to you!
    hugs,Jackie

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  36. Hardly a piece of art? I would hang this in my house today! Its very compelling!

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  37. It's definitely art and beautiful too. Great use of colour and techniques and it goes to show what can be achieved with some kids' crayons!! Elaine xx

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  38. Love the beautiful colors and texture you created, Anne. This is gorgeous! :)

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  39. That's gorgeous Anne! But now I feel guilty about all the stuff I haven't used for ages. Have a great weekend, Angela x

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  40. It's gorgeous Anne! Such lovely colours and texture and cool that you did something new! You have inspired me to have another play with my Encaustic Art - I haven't played for ages! xxx

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  41. Unbelievably GORGEOUS, Anne! You made this with CRAYONS??? WOW! You never fail to knock my socks off with your art, and this knocked them to the stratosphere. Thank you so much for OWNING this Creative Adventure and being so inspiring! <3

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  42. I love your wax poppies against that vivid blue sky... how great to set off on such an experiment and have a good time and end up with something this cool!
    Alison x

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  43. Love poppies and love this canvas!! What an amazing experiment, so glad it worked for you and now have this amazing piece of art!! You should be selling these! xx

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  44. Oh, Anne, this is just fabulous! Love the rich colors and the flowers. I can't believe you did it with crayons. Rock on!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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