beeswax collage, 6″x12″
The fish are color copies of 19th-century zoological illustrations (copyright free), which I altered in Photoshop to an indigo-and-white color scheme. First, change to Sepia (found on the Hue/Saturation menu). Then use the “Invert” command (on the Adjustments menu) to change to indigo. Saturation can be adjusted after that to your liking.)
FIshes & Coral beeswax collage on canvas, 8″ x 8″
Also, just for fun — here’s a scribble drawn on a tablet. I find scribbling so freeing, relaxing, and playful. Don’t do it often enough! It gets creative juices flowing.
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
You can see some of Elaine’s artwork here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/egchuhandcrafted
I made two collages in the class and a third one yesterday:
Fishes & Fork 8.5″ x 10.5″
Rain Poem by Daito Kokushi, Japanese Zen Master (5.5″ x 7.125″)
Coin Lost in the River (Zen koan) 8″ x 10″