Without the garden and the stenciled wall to keep my hands occupied, you can t ell that I am now busy with my winter activities. Although knitting has taken precedence these past weeks, one of the other things that I have been doing is making collages. Lately I’ve been experimenting with beeswax and I think I’ve found my calling.
This is the cheap crockpot that I melt the pure beeswax in, along with my trusty paintbrush. Instead of using glue to adhere the bits and pieces of the collage to the wood or canvas surface, I paint some beeswax on and then arrange the pieces as I like. As I put them the pieces on, I also cover them in beeswax. The beeswax dries immediately, so if I want to reorganise the collage, I use a hairdryer to warm up the wax and shift things around.
The good thing is that I can spend hours at this and enjoy the subtle scent of honey as I play. It’s fun and easy. Now that I’ve mastered this, I will begin to use this technique when altering books. That was the reason why I first tried beeswax – to see what it was like to work with and if I could incorporate it in altered books. Now I’m hooked.