Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Lino Print and Wax Bunting




I had so much fun making print and wax garlands last year, that i thought it would be great to make something similar for the summer, and what better than this delicate bunting ? Each flag was hand printed in pale blue ink then coated with a layer of hot wax to enable me to thread the prints on the string. The wax makes the paper translucent, letting lots of light through, perfect for hanging at a window. Although quite time consuming,  they are great fun to make. I  love spending time, sitting in the garden stringing the flags together, making the most the lovely warm weather we've been having. 
The bunting is for sale on my Folksy and Etsy sites.

22 comments:

farnell doodles said...

Really nice work

Jennifer Tetlow said...

These are lovely, I'm just in the middle of making some for my Open Studio weekends, so I'm inspired by how good they can look! If I get stuck I'll visit you on Folksy!

Mangle Prints said...

Thank you Jennifer, good luck with the open studio weekends, i'm sure they'll be a great success : )

Hannah said...

ooh beautiful bunting :)

Jude said...

So pretty....

Melanie Wickham said...

these look lovely, waxing gives them a great finish!

Are you curious about me? said...

The bunting looks wonderful, you have inspired me to make some to welcome visitors to my open studio in August.

I hope that you don't mind me asking but which wax you use? It looks so clear and bright..

~ Julie

Mangle Prints said...

Hi Julie, not at all- i just use clear paraffin wax granules, and heat them up until they get very hot and melt.

I'm not sure how robust these would be outside in the rain though(knowing our British summers!)

Linda said...

They look lovely!
Did you dip them into the wax or paint it on with a brush?

Gilly Rochester said...

These are beautiful - I love the 3 designs and the the colour...has the wax darkened the pale blue? the green effect in the 1st picture is lovely too - just the photo?

Are you curious about me? said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I shall do a few experiments.. I'll let you know how I get on.

Rosie Sutcliffe said...

These are really lovely, such a nice twist on the traditional bunting. Great idea!

barbara@sparrowavenue said...

what an inspiring blue.

is there a difference between using wax or using oil?

erasercarver said...

Oh, these are beautiful, what a wonderful idea.

jamjar said...

Such lovely bunting, waxing is a great idea and I love the blue colour, reminds me of blue and white china.

Anne E May said...

Oh, I love these!
I've never heard of this process of waxing. It's has a relly nice affect!

Mangle Prints said...

Thanks everyone, perhaps i'll do a blog post on it one day?

erasercarver said...

Yes, a blog post on the wax process would be great :)

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Helen Hallows said...

I bought some of your bunting! And it looks amazing. The light coming through it looks pretty. Thanks x

acornmoon said...

I love your waxed bunting. Years ago I did a school workshop and saw that the previous artist in residence had made concertina books with the children. They had been waxed by painting the paper with melted wax and then having the surplus removed by ironing between blotting paper thus making them translucent. They were then strung up so that they hung downwards like banners, in front of a window. Your post has reminded me.

Mangle Prints said...

Thank you acornmoon- sounds interesting. i would love to see the books they made : )