Monday, 10 November 2008

"Alive" Mini-book

I've the idea for this book floating around in my head for quite some time. The words are from the Psychedelic Furs song "Alive". I'm not a big fan of theirs, in fact this is the only song I know by them, but I like it a lot! :)

I set myself the challenge of using no adhesive on this project. Instead I painted each page with a layer of molten beeswax, placed the text on top then painted another layer of wax over it. Finally I used a scraper to remove excess wax and buffed it to a sheen with a lint-free cloth. I love the way the wax has made the paper on the text go translucent!

You may have seen beeswax techniques demonstrated using a Melt Pot. I don't have one of those, so I placed the wax in the top section of this oil burner, and it worked just fine!

If you look carefully you can see that I've used at least 2 recent freebie files. I'm pleased with the end result, I hope you like it too. Click on an image to see it larger.

22 comments :

Heather said...

Never heard the song, but the mini-book is awesome!!!!

Hels said...

Wow, this is amazing Dan, I love it, love the song, the style and the use of the beeswax...cor, it is a corker!! Hugs xx

Cazz said...

LOVE THE MINI-BOOK AND A GREAT TECHNIQUE X

misteejay said...

Never heard of this technique before Dan but your book is amazing.

Toni :o)

Beverley Todd said...

never heard of the song or the technique ... absolutely stunning!

crafty creations said...

Absolutley stunning Dan - you are such an inspiration

voodoo vixen said...

Yay - I love your mini books and this one is brilliant, love the new technique - looks messy and fun and the results are great! I will have to go and find that song now...

Andrea said...

what a brilliant book, I always love the books you make and this adds to the fab collection x

KimberlyO said...

This is great Dan! :) (I can only imagine the mess I would make with melted wax.)

Sarah St. said...

LOVE the mini-book! Well done! I love the idea, too. I think I'm going to think about some of my favorite songs and perhaps try this same thing.

And DOUBLE THANKS for the oil burner idea! I've wanted to use beeswax for a long time, but I don't want the burner and want just an easy, non-electric, not much clean up or maintenance type of set up and this would be just the trick!! If I can bring myself to use it, I already have an Elephant shaped oil burner that I could use!!

Once again you astound with the simplest, yet greatest of ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

not usually a message leaver Dan but I love your work. Had to leave one this time though as I love the Psychedelic Furs and your fab book.

magpie said...

Sorry that was me above !!

OMG Dan Love your book and all that goes with it great techniques..great colours
Wish I had idea's floating around like that!!!!
Sharon xx

Sarah said...

this is easily my favourite of anything you have ever made, thank you so much for sharing, I bet it smells lovely too, I love the smell of beeswax

Chris said...

Your book is so beautiful Dan and what a fabulous song. I just love how you created every page...fantastic work :D
TFS
hugs
Chris xx

Lorraine said...

good idea to use song lyrics as prompts...great book like the way you have used wax...I havent got a melt pot either so I just put a metal pie dish over the george foreman grill!

Ann said...

Really beautiful book Dan I love it!!
Fabulous idea re oil burner, you're such an inspiration Dan!! xx

toscania-art-life said...

What a beautiful book Dan. I love the wax technique. I blew up my melting pot, so the oil burner is a good idea. Thank you.

Shazza said...

fabulous book Dan
x

Sari said...

I love your mini book! I also use songs as inspiration for books and cards. I've yet to try the oil burner with beeswax - it's a brilliant idea. Dan, could I ask you who is the stamp by on the 'some days are wide as the ocean' page, the Coronation Street type rooftop stamp? I just have to have one.

Vicky said...

What a fantastic idea for a minibook...thanks for sharing it with us

peata said...

great mini book!
love it.
what a great idea to use an oil burner.



make a mini scrapbook

Limar said...

I LOOOVE your mini-books! They are all so Monty Python-ish =D It's awesome!

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