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Beeswax Collage

March 25, 2009

I’m working on my taxes today, so there’s not much online time. But I did find this pretty nice beeswax collage demo video for you. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired.

I haven’t done beeswax collage, but watching this video convinces me that it might be a really fun thing to explore. I’ve done encaustics, and this is even simpler. Plus the room would smell delicious. I do love the fact that wax is so immediate and there’s no waiting for paint to dry.

And here is Claudine Hellmuth’s preview of her DVD on the same topic.

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  1. March 25, 2009 1:34 pm

    How strange!
    i have thinking about beeswax recently.!
    i have just posted a image on to my blog so as you could have a look.
    i did a few of these years back but have been doing some more to help raise money for our degree show in june
    Good Luck with your tax return…hate forms myself…

    • March 26, 2009 5:38 am

      Chris, I really like what you did with the wax. It is such a nice medium. I hope you’ll keep us posted about your show.

      Re the taxes: Thanks. All I have done so far is to sort all the receipts and records. It isn’t something that I keep up with throughout the year, but they stay all together in one place. Then I have to sort them all out and enter them into a spreadsheet. Next come the actual tax forms. This takes about two days, as my records are very simple. I have QuickBooks but it’s just too time-consuming to do all that.

  2. March 25, 2009 5:41 pm

    I use a similar technique with some collage work I have done. Sometimes I just use gel medium rather than beeswax, and when I use beeswax, it is the last step or coat…

    Check out my blog under the artwork label and see the last 3 posts. These are some examples of my collages and a few photos of the works in progress.

    • March 26, 2009 5:41 am

      Amanda, unfortunately I couldn’t find your collage posts with the step by step pictures. I did enjoy your folding piece and the one collage that you did in the workshop with Martha Depp. I truly enjoyed her work too!

  3. March 26, 2009 5:06 am

    Love beeswax mixed media work but I haven’t fired up my pan in quite awhile. You’ve inspired me with these videos. Most of the things I’ve discovered about beeswax and its uses I’ve read in books. It’s so clear and fast when you see someone do it. I picked up a few tricks from the second clip – never thought about crayola for dots and the red “goldleaf type paper for transfer of colour.

    I use oil pastel but not for melting, more for adding details and shading and rubbing back with a cloth, I also use oil paint , mostly burnt umber,and glazing medium for an aged patina instead of the ink she used. You can also rub in powered graphite and then remove most of it with sunflower oil just leaving some on the grooves. I know I’ll be able to add an informative blog in September when I complete a four day from printmaking to encaustic workshop.

    • March 26, 2009 5:44 am

      Yes, that’s exactly true, Margaret. Sometimes things aren’t as mysterious as they seem when you see them demonstrated. I certainly was inspired.

      I look forward to your blogging about your workshop discoveries.

      This discussion is a fun way to share information and techniques. I’ve enjoyed all these comments so much.

  4. April 2, 2009 8:46 pm

    Is it really as easy as it looks in the video? Looks like so much fun. I wonder if it melts in hot weather though?

    • April 3, 2009 4:26 am

      Susan, I found encaustics to be a very satisfying and easy process that I would like to explore further some day.

      Beeswax collage is not as complex as encaustics, so I feel it would be a lot of fun. You should just go get a block and just try it! It does have a fairly low melting temperature, so you couldn’t leave it out in the hot sun or in a car. But it should stay fairly hard at normal room temperature.

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