I'm incredibly honored to be part of the design team at Gingersnap Creations, especially given that my teammates happen to be some of my own personal crafting heroes! This is a big week for us, too-- It's our 3rd Annual Copper, Ginger and Rust Color Challenge, a celebration of the very essence of "gingerness!" Won't you join us?
Have you ever checked out the instructional videos at Ranger Ink? What a goldmine of great info! Suze Weinberg (that's right: THE Suze, Goddess of Melt Art Goodness) has a fabulous video there in which she demonstrates a technique using Melt Art Beewax for a quick, dreamy collage. It dawned on me recently that I don't use beeswax nearly often enough, and the Ginger Challenge felt like a perfect opportunity to remedy that.
There's something so wonderful about working with natural beeswax. It's fun and forgiving and smells like honey, and though you might find yourself craving scones while you use it, I can almost guarantee you'll have a blast! It's kind of... Zen, actually. And, I bet we could all use a little Zen right now.
I followed the instructions in Suze's video pretty closely, except that I added metallic leafing, just pressing it into the warm wax. I used the rub-ons once the wax had cooled, and distressed them a bit with a craft scraper.
Whether you go the beeswax route, or something completely different, the only requirement for our Gingersnap Creations Copper, Ginger and Rust Challenge is that you prominently feature at least one of the aforementioned colors in your artwork. Let your creativity run wild, y'all! You have all the way through April 24th to wow us with your mad crafting genius!
- A plain 5 x 7 canvas, primed with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso
- Adirondack Metallic Paint Dabber in Copper
- Ranger Melt Art White Beeswax
- Ranger Melting Pot
- Kaiser Craft Rub-Ons (The letters are from the Type Alpha set. Sadly, I don't see the lace and flourish designs on the site anymore.)
- Gildenglitz Variegated Metallic Leafing
- Text from an old book
- Photo from a magazine ad