Monday, May 6, 2013

Wings of Inspiration

We are talking all things inspirational this week over at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Whether it is a song lyric or a quote from your favorite author, an idea from your favorite blogger or you want to create something inspired by your favorite artist - this week we want to see how you are inspired by someone else’s creativity.

I decided to pull my inspiration this week a favorite sculptor's work. I had the opportunity to see one of Petah Coyne's early exhibitions while I was attending art college. Her work is absolutely captivating! Layers and layers of wax combined with imagery of winged creatures suspended in air to create a larger-than-life piece...

Well, let's just say photos of her work don't do it justice!

You probably know I have had fun playing with wax lately, so I just had to try a bit of this on a layout. To get started, I have my photo, some paper scraps, and a bowl of wax. What's the deal with the bowl you ask? More on that in a moment...

To get the ball rolling on this layout, I just cut out a bunch of butterflies and hearts, then layered up some of the remnants...

Now for that wax! 
I don't have a melting pot. It's on the list, I promise. But, somehow pretty paper and stickers always wins. So, in the meantime...
Here is my glass cereal bowl full of wax. I just blast it with the heat gun while holding it over my project. Once it gets hot enough, the wax drips out. 
Hey - whatever works, right?
Don't worry. I will link-up a proper melting pot in the supply list below :)

As the wax dripped out of my bowl, I just stuck down all of my punched out shapes. Layers and layers. So fun! I tried really hard to get a good action shot of that for you all. But, my third arm hubbs was at work :)

With all of my drippy fun done, I set about work on my title. Amy Tan's vellum alphas were the perfect start for the soft look I wanted. Then, I didn't have the white cursive alphas that I had in my brain... Nor do I have a Cameo. Soo.... I just wrote out my word in pencil, cut it out, and then erased the pencil line. Perfect!

Some lovely twine...

And the usual finishing touches..

There we have it!

It was great fun to take inspiration from a favorite artist!

I think I might have to try that again...

But, now it's your turn to play. Go get crafty and link-up with us!
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Oh, and if you would like to try something like the above, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)


  1. Ashli...your layout is so pretty and so fun! I love the inspiration. The butterflies and the wings together on the layout are a great combination! I am amazed at your ingenuity of using a glass bowl and a heat tool to melt your wax. :) <3 Candy

  2. Superb ideas Ashli. Love this way of using wax. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. What a stunning layout, Ashli! Such a great inspiration! You're so good at layering! And using wax on your layout is plain cool! Hugs, Sandra

  4. I love how the wax incorporates other elements on the page. It's really cool!

  5. What a cool technique and inspiration!
    Lovely layout!

  6. What a beautiful happy layout. The photo is beautiful and the wax inspired! I can just envision that glass bowl getting hot while you are holding it! LOL!

  7. WOW! Love how you get the wax in there and make it look something other than a hot mess (that would be my page LOL). Sweet photo and what a pretty lil maid. And when I went back to look again - I just noticed all the word strips behind. I really need to work on my powers of observation- perfect touch.

  8. Gorgeous page!!! I must say I have the melting pot and I rarely use it anymore for my wax so its all good my friend - keep on doing what you're doing haha!! Like you said it works!!! I adore all the soft touches on this page they just really highlight the lovely photo of your beautiful girly so well. I think this is a new fav for me of yours!!! And I adore those Amy Tan vellum alphas - I'm so going to need another pack me thinks. ;)

  9. I saw Wilna using wax in her class and just never thought to use that as a medium in scrapbooking. Love what you have done here. And that background paper with the words? Perfect! :)

  10. This is so cute! Georgeous picture!
    Have a wonderful week :o)

  11. Lovely layout Ashli. Love the texture from the drippage and great lettering and dimension too. Love that you used the die cuts and the aperture pieces too. Wonderful piece that you took inspiration from too. Tracy x

  12. Amazing and fantastic work once again! <3 really sweet layout and love the topic!

  13. Superb ! The idea to use wax is amazing !

  14. Really beautiful Ashli!! Love the butterflies on your page and the wax is such a cool effect!

  15. Such a cool idea to use wax on a page - never would have thought of that! And good job with the fussy-cut title. I really thought it was cut from a Cameo when I first saw it on the SSS blog!

  16. Wonderful page! The beautiful picture, layers of butterflies, dripped wax on a perfect background. Stunning. :)

  17. WOW!! WOW again!!! What an inspiration and what an inspiration you are to use wax on a layout! So so gorgeous!

  18. Wow, what a cool layout, Ashli! I really love the way you embellish your layouts :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  19. Love the wax...such a cool effect! Beautiful!!!!

  20. So glorious! What an amazing inspiration photo, and what a fabulous layout inspired by it - fantastic as ever!
    Alison x


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