I’m finding this to be a delightful medium to work with. The melted beeswax (I use a small crockpot) gives off a wonderful scent. The collage has a gentle glow and subtle depth and softness. The fish (copyright-free images) were printed on a color copier (inkjet prints do not work with this method).
Coin Lost in the River, No. 2 ( a Zen koan) beeswax collage on canvas, 8″ x 10″
I took a class this past Sunday at Kala Institute in Berkeley where I learned the wonderful process of using beeswax to make collages on canvas. The teacher, Elaine Chu, was great! She is offering this class again in Feb. 2018 at the San Francisco Center for the Book: https://sfcb.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=3005
Recently a wonderful artist, Susan Johnson, whose studio is near mine, taught me how to make paste paper. This process, developed by bookbinders over 400 years ago , uses pigmented starch paste to make decorative paper. We used Elmer’s Art Paste, acrylic paints, and drawing paper. It’s a lot of fun and makes you feel like you’re 7 years old again! These make great covers and endpapers for handmade books, and are also wonderful for collage, wrapping paper, etc. Can’t wait to make more!
There are lots of instructions to be found online. Here is one link: Cornell Book Arts