Create bright and colorful designs using crayons as wax. Through 251 color images, artist Miriam Joy shows how to melt the crayons and apply wax to decorate gourds and other art forms. Using less than one crayon on a gourd makes this process easy to learn, inexpensive, and practical and it can be used on many different kinds of material. Illustrated instructions guide you through five fun projects that are intended to stir your imagination: Peacock in the Moonlight, 3 Setting Suns, Midnight Star, Southwest Dragonfly, and Eye of the Diamond. Chapters include preparing the gourd or other ground, the basics of wax design, embellishing your designs, and suppliers. A gallery of completed works will further inspire your creativity. This instructional how-to guide is a great addition to the library of any gourd artist, woodworker, or other crafter. See for yourself how fun wax can be.
Miriam Joy is a professional international artist, author, teacher, designer and inventor, published photographer, filmmaker, and motivational speaker. Having been raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Miriam Joy was surrounded by highly skilled American-Indian artists. The people of the Navajo nation greatly inspired her artwork. While not being Navajo herself, she was given the gift of learning their artistic ways because her father taught at the reservation boarding school for over eighteen years. When not touring and teaching, she is at home in the Arizona mountains, where her inspiration comes from the big, blue skies with white bellowing clouds, the red rocks of the Arizona mesas, and the most amazing sunsets perhaps ever seen by human eyes.