W&W2 Workshop report

Give a bunch of cool poets some hot beeswax and whaddya get? A very nice collection of encaustic collages!

I taught another Wax & Words workshop at my studio yesterday at the request of Pamela Ferguson, who wanted to share the beeswax collage techniques with some of her writer friends.

I was curious to see if their work emphasized words more than images and how well they would do with asemic writing – after all, they are in the creative vocabulary business. As usual, there was a eclectic mix based on each participant’s perception and focus.

The trick to doing best-practices encaustic college is to use adhesives that don’t block the absorption of the beeswax. Acrylic medium won’t let wax penetrate, so that’s out. I often use glue sticks to attach paper to the substrate before waxing, and asked the participants to try a relative new product called  Elmer’s Re-Stick Glue Sticks.

The results were just so-so. Edges kept peeling up before we applied the beeswax and needed more glue, but the glue stick did allow us to shift things around a bit before permanently attaching them. I think I’ll stick to my tried and true favorite, Scotch Permanent Glue Sticks.

We also made sure that all of the paper we used was absorbent so the beeswax would not just sit on the surface of the collage elements. All of this info will be in the video Wax & Words eBook, which should be available in a couple of weeks on my website..

When you watch the workshop video, below, you’ll see the richness the writers brought to their Wax & Words collages. And you’ll also see the completely individual approaches to the task. Always amazing – – –  !

Wax & Words Workshop, Take Two from Lyn Belisle on Vimeo.




8 thoughts on “W&W2 Workshop report

  1. Thanx, Lyn, for another deeply satisfying experience with you and your art. I love the pieces I made, and I’m so grateful that each of my friends have a beautiful piece of art to remember these few hours with you. You are inspiring and amazing!!! …and truer words were never spoken!

  2. One of my college classmates, Terry Browder, is painting Native American images on backgrounds of 1890s, hand written deed documents from Parker County, Texas. He was inspired by the ‘Ledger Art’ of the Plains Indians. I thought you might enjoy seeing another use of words in art. Terry also posted a series of photos explaining his thought process. I found it fascinating.


    • It is! Forgive me for not replying sooner – this is beautiful. It’s a tribute and a visual historical diary done with a loving and masterful treatment. Thanks so much~~

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