Beeswax Collage


Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseOld vintage letters inspired me to create a collage on canvas. I found these 6 x 12 inch canvases that are such a lovely size. I have been thinking about creating a collage using beeswax for some time now. Yet, I needed to find just the right products. The art of encaustic artists is quite impressive. The technique seems very involved, so I read about crafting a simple method.


Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseToday, after watching a few videos on You Tube and browsing through some art books I designed one. I love this new book Creative Paint Workshop by Ann Baldwin.



Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseI used a melting pot, where I melt the beeswax and loved how you can dip strips of paper or objects into the pot. It's like a fondue pot!


Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseI love the color of this vintage letter so I used it to create the collage and the sides of the canvas.



Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseUsing images that I designed, and brushing on Perfect Pearls to highlight some areas, I added a bit of texture.


Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseThen I put a bit of twine in the melting pot to coat it with wax. So here is my first beeswax collage. I love working with this process.

My creation

Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseI found Suze Weinberg's products, web site and blog wonderfully inspirational. You can tell that she has been using these techniques and has made them so easy for us.


I was using her melting pot today and beeswax products. They are very nice, and I look forward to experimenting with some other techniques soon. Meanwhile, I am in beeswax heaven!

My creation

Vintage-Spiral-orchard-houseThe song for this post if from Somewhere In Time. Speaking of Somewhere in Time, you must stop by my friend Anita's place and see her enchanting cottage. Her blog is called Castles Crowns and Cottages and she takes us back in time every day with her creativity. Oh and speaking of castles, don't you just adore Castes In The Air.
LiLi M. said...

I love what you have done Karen, the colors and the textures are really amazing. Thanks for the link, I will go there too, to read even more about the techniques. You are entitled to be in beeswax heaven!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

True artistry! Anita

xashee's corner said...

you are sooo CREATIVE and talented too! thank you so much for sharing! i LOVE visiting you, i never know just what journey we will take til i get here! Have a BEAUTIFUL day! :)

Mary said...

love your blog and your work!

Carol said...

I like to visit here! You are a wonder!

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

This is indeed a quite interesting project you have made!
I will check these links.

~ Gabriela ~

Laurie said...

Too much fun! Thank you for sharing! I love the color of that letter, too!

Charli and me said...

I can't believe you just whipped that up. It's so beautiful. Your are truly talented. I hope you have a wonderful day ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Karen! How sweet of you to mention me! I am truly honored. You are such a real artist and that wax art is so inovative! Thanks for the link!!! Anita

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
It looks like you had a great time creating this collage and I love the end result! Thanks for sharing what you learned.
Hugs, Rhondi

Blessings of Health and Prosperity said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You are truly very talented. I'll be back to see what else you are up to. Blessings, Celene

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

It is beautiful!!! I hope your week is going well...m.

Vee said...

You are always exploring new things...I love that about you. This looks like so much fun. I'm off to follow a few of your links. I just hope that I can find my way home again.

Brenda said...

You are such a talented artist! I don't know how you come up with these things. My mind simply doesn't work the way yours so obviously does! Such a pretty and evocative piece of work.

Donna said...

Hi Karen - your beeswax collage turned out beautiful! That is a great size canvas to work on.

I imagine it was very exciting to be right in the middle of the marathon's starting point!

I love Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. Hearing your music makes me want to watch the movie again...

Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Elyse said...

hi karen,

this is very beautiful and cool!!!

so funny -- i was reading titles too quickly and first thought your post was going to be about beeswax "college"!

have a great day!


Among the Hedgerows said...

Looks fabulous, Karen! I've been wanting to try beeswax for ages but haven't bought the supplies ... yet!

Natasha Burns said...

wow I love the beeswax collage Karen! It looks very involved using that technique, but so beautiful!

Kathleen Grace said...

Just catching up on your blog and now I see where to go to learn more about this technique, thanks for the demonstration of what you didi, I love learning about new things:>)

vineeta said...

Karen, This is a gorgeous piece of work!!