Experimenting with my new toys

Experimenting with my new toys
December 30, 2012 Sue

The festivities are over, the desserts have all been eaten, the house guests are back at their own home now… so today it was time for me to finally start playing with my own toys.

I had received so many wonderful artsy gifts and supplies this year and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and begin creating. Right before the holidays I purchased a DVD from Claudine Helmuth on Beeswax Collage.  I was amazed at the possibilites that this medium offered so I got started right away cracking the beeswax into small pieces and melting into a petite crock pot. Who knew they made these little crock pots, love it!  And that wax smells so good too.

The process was pretty simple, layering pieces of tissue paper and scrapebook papers between layers of wax. Then you iron it with this tiny quilters iron to melt the wax around the pieces of paper.  I also dripped some Crayola crayons ( gotta love those crayons) to add some  color on the canvas. A little button for interest and the words, Imagine, Inspire and Bloom finish off the piece.

So, what do you think about my first attempt with Beeswax Collage?  At least I had fun with my toys today!!

"Imagine"

Comments (12)

  1. Janet 5 years ago

    Cool, Sue! My mind is currently filled with wax, too! (Ooh, that doesn’t sound so effective, does it . . .) I am going to do some soy wax batik with a healing/art client this week. I’ve got my thrift electric frypan, my mark-making supplies (potato masher, old portable phones, pipecleaners, pill bottles, etc.), & my soy wax. It’s taking me a little longer to figure out the painting-dyeing part, but I am really looking forward to this wax-related exploration. I think your first attempt with beeswax collage looks great & fun!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Janet, that sounds like fun too. I would love to see some photos of that when you’re done. I have done some watercolor batik painting before and I agree the painting/dying part is difficult, although rewarding once completed.

  2. Suzanne McRae 5 years ago

    Love you new toys Sue. Lovely beeswax collage. It’s seems like a lot of fun to be exploring.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      and don’t forget Suzanne we have the Flora Bowley class coming up at the end of the month, woohoo!

  3. Vickie Martin 5 years ago

    what fun you are having!!!! Your collage is really really nice!!!! I’ve played around with encaustics, that is what got me interested in playing with fire, mostly using a blow torch between layers, as that is what I used to fuse the wax. so – the possibilities are endless with the materials and the layers!!! i’m going to go downstairs and play today – and start the new year tomorrow playing too. There is an old wive’s tale I’ve heard my entire life – what you do on New Year’s Day you do the rest of the year – so I try to restrict myself to doing the things I love on New Years, and throwing in a few healthy things too. There was always the year I watched a Law and Order marathon for about 10 hours – my most unproductive year of my life!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Wow Vickie, I didn’t realize you used a blow torch! You go girl! I feel like this is going to be a very creative year, for all of us!

  4. Sue Koepnick 5 years ago

    I LOVE your Beeswax Collage! I had never heard of this before. I just discovered your site, and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Hi Sue! Well, thanks for stopping by, so glad you did. This is new for me too so we’ll see where this goes.

  5. Michele 5 years ago

    I love this! Is this the same or different from what encaustic (?) is?

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Thanks Michele, I think this is different than encaustic in that I am using the wax almost as an adhesive. In encaustic I think there is pigments in the wax and there is more “painting” with the wax itself. I’m not exactly sure on the details. But this was pretty easy and I think there is much more entailed in encaustic work. It was a lot of fun and I liked the outcome so I’m sure I’ll be experimenting some more with this.

  6. Jill Hejl 5 years ago

    Looks great, Sue! Encaustic wax is such a cool medium. I took an all-day workshop last April (bday present from my husband), and had a great time. Have fun with your toys–looks like you have the hang of it already!
    Jill Hejl

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      Sue 5 years ago

      THanks Jill! I’m not sure this is exactly encaustic work, but I’m having fun with the whole wax technique. Better watch out- my ATC’s might be coming out in beeswax!

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