Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wax-On, Wax-Off!

        This is a piece I did for Collage class. It is a beeswax collage, which means that I use melted pure beeswax and a quilting iron to put everything together, basically. I put layers and layers of tissue paper and a bunch of fortunes that I had collected to make the background. Then I made transfers of some copyright free illustrations of birds and moths by making copies of the images, sticking them to contact paper, soaking them in water, and rolling of the paper (the ink sticks). I then attached the transferred images to some canvas paper and cut them out. I used the hot wax to put all the sticks, strings, and birds of the mobile together and made squares of foam-core to give all the paper elements their 3D effect. This was a very new material and process for me to try and was both meticulous and fun. The coolest thing about beeswax collage is that if you really don't like the piece or you make a mistake, all you have to do is heat it all up again and pull everything off!

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