Thursday, March 15, 2012

Encaustic Collage

I've been wanting to get out my bees wax and melting pot to use on a collage piece. 

So, I created this mixed-media collage on water color paper.

(French Lace Hydrangea)

First, I began applying book paper with matte gel medium.
Then, over the book paper I added tea bags with the gel medium. 
I SO love using old tea bags! 



The flowers are just the kind that you purchase at the craft store.
I was attracted to the colors and thought of hydrangeas when I saw them. 

Added vintage lace, bird and butterfly images,  sketched the background leaves and painted with watercolors.






I love the look the bees wax gives it, and the smell of the wax while you are working is 
heavenly! 



Here you can get a closer look at how the wax looks over the lace. 



I'm linking up with
Paint Party Friday
So many great links and artists over there,
check it out!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Becca

59 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

stunning collage - thanks for sharing :)
Stay inspired!

Nora CG said...

This is so beautiful Becca! Absolutely beautiful!!

Susan said...

Very creative! I love the concept of using beeswax.

T's Daily Treasures said...

So many beautiful layers. Gorgeous! Happy weekend wishes to you! Tammy

Hybrid J said...

Loving all the texture ... so lovely! Well Done!

Linda R said...

Looks amazing my friend.. That bees wax add a cool texture.. LOVE IT!

Happy PPF!

Kokopelli said...

I can see spring in this collage!

Netty said...

Beautiful effect with beeswax and loving your gorgeous Spring collage. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Annette x

Diane said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I have everything I need to do this--now to do it!!

Lesley Edmonds said...

Love it Becca. The Bees Wax gives your lovely collage a wonderful finish. Just all so pretty.

Tracy said...

This is DELICIOUSLY GORGEOUS, Becca! This has such a lovely, vintage-y, romantic feel...love the colors, composition and choice of materials. I've been wanting to get more into encaustics, but can't get the wax locally, so must order. I have a used tea bag addition too. ;o) Thanks for sharing this--a masterpiece it is! Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

Carolyn Dube said...

The wax give this spring beauty such a dreamy feeling!

Catherine said...

Your creativeness continues to amaze and inspire me Becca ~ fantastic!
xo Catherine

Beadwright said...

This is so beautiful. The finale effect of the lace is stunning.
Nicole/Beadwright

Pointy Pix said...

this is really beautiful. a lovely piece.

Mary C. Nasser said...

So, so beautiful!
Thank you for showing the steps.
I love it!
Another sweet painting!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Beautiful creation ~ love it! And thanks for the 'how to' ~ thanks, namaste, Carol ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

carlarey said...

I really love the depth that encaustics give to a collage, this one seems so dreamy and sort distant, like you have captured memories.

TexWisGirl said...

so cool! i love your imagination!

Heather said...

this is just beautiful!!! I like your happy color choices, too!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Becca it's beautiful! I have been looking forward to seeing your creation all week...you are so talented and creative and you compose your pieces like a great musician. : ) You really do!

I want to try bees wax now.

Big hugs...thank you for your kind and wonderful friendship!

Debbie said...

Beautiful collage work!!

Debbie said...

Beautiful collage work!!

Janelle said...

This is a beautiful collage. I love all the layers and the wax just gives it a really floaty feeling. I love using tea bags too.

Helen Campbell said...

This is beautiful! I adore working with beeswax, and you've inspired me to get back to it! Happy PPF! Helen @ Natures Walk

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That is just beautiful, Becca! I've never worked with wax before...looks so soft and lovely! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

La Abela said...

Lindo! many materials together and so well balanced. I like your music. Saludos

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Yummy and lush, love the smell of beeswax too! xox Corrine

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Yummy and lush, love the smell of beeswax too! xox Corrine

Katy Noelle said...

Becca! This is absolutely, positively, perfectly adorable!!! Favorite colors - favorite styles - favorite subjects....it must have been so soothing and fun to work with it all. I love the smell of beeswax, too!

have a lovely, lovely weekend! =]

xxo

RobanStudio said...

Love the work you've done here! The color palette is just beautiful and so much eye candy! I love playing with my melting pot too. Must do it more! Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

Anne said...

Brilliant and beautiful and awesome!

Elisabet said...

Becca, I have awarded you the Liebster Award, you can go to my blog to grab it.
Hugs,
Beth

BlackPumpkin said...

Amazing! The colors are so brilliant!

bohemiannie! art said...

This is so beautiful! I love the detailed wax picture and will have to try playing with some soon! Give your kitties a smooch...especially that Puss In Boots.

MimiTabby said...

lovely! and fun step by step.

Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

CHRIS said...

Hi there, what a fabulous piece of work. Thankyou for sharing I've not seen how to use these techniques before. Looks such a fun way to work. Happy days. Chris

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning picture. Your art always leaves me speechless. Jenxox

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Lovely work, and I really loved the close up with the numbers.... looks fantastic...xx

faye said...

Becca, this is awesome! I love the colors and the lace. What a beautiful project.

Pamela said...

This is sooo cool!!!! I love it Becca!
I want to do this!
Love love this song...you pick great ones!
Pamela xo

Rona Gregory said...

Totally beautiful! I have been seeing quite a bit of encaustic art but haven't come across any really simple tutorials. Do you need special equipment or can you sort of get away with using stuff from around the house/art room? Would so love to try it but can't afford a load of new equipment right now
Really love this piece you've done.

Gillian Olson said...

Wonderful effects. Have a great weekend!

Sophia said...

Your collage is absolutely beautiful. I love the little blue flowers and the birdies. Nice. :)

Judy S. said...

Very pretty, Becca. Your flowers really do look like hydrangeas! The wax makes everything look frosted~nice effect! Are you going to frame it or?

Petrea said...

Lovely!, THank-you for taking the time to share your process with the tutorial. Been wanting to try using tea bags.

Belinda Carson said...

Wowie! Beautiful!! And I love how you gave us detail views!! Such beautifully delicate work!

EVA said...

I definitely get the feel of hydrangeas in this - wonderful textures, colours, collage features and love your painted leaves!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I know I'm late getting here, but I love the look you have created with the beeswax and your collage. You did a fantastic job of painting the piece, too. That lace really took the wax. I was impressed.

andrea creates said...

wow! it looks great :)
happy weekend to you~

Sabina said...

Wowwwwww love the look of the flowers with the vintage lace, and the birds go so perfectly. Great job.

*jean* said...

love this color palette! beautiful work! happy PPF week to you.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

You are so creative. Love it.

justine said...

so very clever and I love your music!

ELK said...

I so want to try this ...you make simple paper and lace so beautiful !! wow~

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh, how I love all those layers! This is so pretty! I really like the vintage lace and color of those flowers. Lovely!

RainCityGirl said...

Yay for beeswax!! I love how it looks over your collage work. Very nice :)

Heather said...

Love this piece!! Ahhh beeswax!! Hey I was really jammin with that piano playing!! Great music!

Bluebell Woods said...

I love the blue and lavender together, its beautiful. Wish I could do stuff like that. I would not know where to begin

Janice