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Monday, April 20, 2015

The question is: Beeswax or NOT ?!

Hey everyone, 

I've got an amazing tutorial from Guest Designer, Ellie Knol to share with you today. She's used my Spiral Shell and fragments of my Water Droplets stamps. Hehe, she cut it up into different shapes. I say go for it! Make the groupings of drops into whatever shape feels natural for you to use in your artwork. 

As always, Ellie's explanation is entertaining and inspiring to read. Lots of eye candy too. Hope you enjoy her project as I have :)

The BIG question....  

which one do you like more : the card  
without ...

or with beeswax ? 

Let me make the decision for you! 
Please watch the process  ...  

warning - a lot of steps, get yourself a cup of coffee.. 
and ENJOY!


Gather all your supplies....(you see : I made a list)
...from paper napkins to... 

 .....the beautiful stamps from Designs By Ryn 
...and ....YES, the melting pot (for adding beeswax)!  

Start by tearing pieces of the tissue paper and  tissue wrap paper.

Using decoupage glue, adhere it to your cardstock...  

.... keep adding more until you're happy. 
Keep in mind that this will just be for filling up the background:
 it will get muted down with gesso. 

Dry top layer with the heat-tool.
 Rub down the tissue paper with a piece of paper on top. 
(this will prevent the tissue paper to tear)...

Add another layer of decoupage glue.  

This will be the collage with the shell..  (happy??)

Add some color to the background with watercolor crayons 
Apply a watered down layer of gesso. This will let the color run and blend. LOVE this!

  Again - this will be the collage with the shell..  (happy??)

Grab some adirondack inks (or any other water-based ink) to coördinate with the colors.  
Sponge the edges with it... 

 ..adhere some cheesecloth ..

 Grab some watercolor pencils to coördinate with the waterbased ink
 (my colorchart already knows which coordinate). 

 Color the heart and edges of the shell with it ....I used a blue, a green and a rust pencil... 
Also add some of this color in the background (the butterfly for instance).

NOW (don´t tell Ryn!) I did something to my tool (drops stamp) to be able to use it partially!  
 I cut it in parts! 
I'm happy! 

  Stamp the drops randomly in the background,\
... also stamp some on a seperate piece of cardstock, cut these out,.and adhere them to the background, 
Adhere the shell. 
Here you can see that I've added some white to the edges of the shell with an acrylic marker. 

I was unsure whether I would still like it after applying beeswax,
so I decided to photograph the finished card, just in case... 

Add a thin layer of melted beeswax to the whole card. 
Let all the extra beeswax drip off the surface back into the melting pot by heating it with a heat tool. 
Add a thicker layer of beeswax in places where you want to be able to stamp into the beeswax...
I used the edges of the Honey Locust Leaf stamp to add texture to the beeswax: 
heat the beeswax with the heat tool inch by inch and press the stamp into it .

.., and add shine with perfect-pearls.  

 The drops are awesome!

The finished project! 



  1. Both versions which Ellie made are beautiful. I adore the spiral shell and waterdrops together. The beeswax gives it that honey coloured glow which is very pretty and I love the added perfect pearls too. Gorgeous! x

  2. Love the two of them, they are amazing ...love your style Ellie! Everything you do it's GORGEOUS! Thanks for the step by step.

  3. Fab tutorial and two beautiful pieces of art! X

  4. A great tutorial Ellie and all your work comes together is a beautiful artistic creation!
    Greetings, Alie

  5. Its a hard decision, both are gorgeous! I wish I could see the beeswax in person!

  6. Brilliant, both are stunning!


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