I had a very happy day yesterday at my Hels Sheridan Melt Pot workshop at Art From The Heart in Harrogate. Hels is a brilliant teacher who instils confidence and packs her workshop full of techniques, she’s also very generous with her provision of supplies. I got to meet and know 13 other lovely ladies who were taking part and there was also guest appearance by that other crafting goddess, Dyan Reavely.
This picture was taken at the end of the day and I made sure I was well out of the frame, although you can see my uncharachteristically tidy place second on the right. Now let me show you what I made:
This was all about the Melt Pot, I piece of crafting kit I have had in my possession for some time but have never even taken out of the packaging. And do you know what? It really wasn’t that difficult.
We started by applying paint to one medium and one small canvas using a palette knife. First a coat of ivory, which was heat dried, then smears of two other colours – I used blues.
We used the tissue technique for the stamping, but instead of applying a collage of images, the tissue was cut to the size of each canvas and then stamped as one piece. There was a huge choice of stamps and I think mine were a mix of Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi.
Then it was time for the Melt Pot and melted beeswax. First, the melted wax , which, by the way, smells divine, was applied to the canvas and then the tissue piece laid over the top. Next, you use a heat gun which melts the undercoat of wax. At the same time you brush on a coat of wax over the top. Finally, we added extra wax to selected areas using a brush and also by letting drips of wax run down the canvas. You can give it all a buff at this stage but we applied a dusting of mica powder before hand. Black paint was applied to the sides of each canvas using a piece of cut and dry foam.
Next, we moved on to UTEE. Hels had a selection of flowers and a little stamped butterfly for us to dip and coat with clear UTEE. Then we added green dye to the clear and dipped some die cut leaves. I added a bit of black paint to mine.
Finally, we added gold, bronze, pewter, black and white embossing powders to the UTEE in the pan, marbled it, and used the mix to pour into moulds and also on to texture treads and cut out shapes from it with a cutter. You can see the little bird I made, but in the end I didn’t use my hear, I shall save that for another occasion. Once the Melt Pot was cleaned up we also used it to heat embossing powders that had been added to into little hat pins.
Then it was just a question of using hot glue to arrange everything.
I was very happy with my piece but, as usual, I liked everybody else’s more!! Now I know that what I need to do next is to fly solo with my own Melt Pot as soon as possible. Hopefully the Easter break might present an opportunity for me to do that and I may see if I can share some photo’s of a step-by step.
Thanks for buzzing by.