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Sun & Sea Beeswax Collage

Layers of melted beeswax lend a dreamy feel to a collage and fuse all the elements together beautifully! It’s much simpler than you might think to work with this technique, and the results are so satisfying. I created a Sun & Sea Beeswax Collage for the May Arts/Creative Imaginations blog week, and I would love to share the details with you!

{Please visit Serendipity Vintage Studio for a link to a download of the tutorial. Have fun waxing!}

Beeswax collage requires only a few simple elements:

  • Natural Beeswax {Available in a block here or as pellets here}
  • Griddle with a temperature control dial
  • Metal Loaf Pan
  • Natural Bristle Paint Brush {any other type will melt!}
  • Heat Tool

Melt the desired amount of wax with the griddle set at 225 degrees. The beeswax smells wonderful as it melts, but you may want to work in a ventilated area. The beeswax is hot, so use caution when working with it. For more information about beeswax collage, visit this post for links and suggested resources.

{Other Materials}

{Layer 1}

  • Tear the edges of the CI Mermaid paper by hand or with a deckle ruler and then apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink all around.
  • Use matte decoupage or gel medium to apply the Mermaid paper to the canvas. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Use a natural hair paint brush to apply the melted beeswax on the entire canvas using even strokes in one direction.
  • Use a heat tool to smooth out the wax after each layer

{Layer 2}

  • Tear the Sun and Sea paper as shown, ink the edges, place on the collage, and add another layer of beeswax.

{Layer 3}

  • Tear the vellum poem with a deckle edge ruler and then ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Add to the collage, and then brush on another layer of beeswax.

{Layer 4}

  • Drape a piece of May Arts woven/burlap across the top of the canvas and layer that with a piece of Baker’s Twine. Secure in the back with tape, and then add a layer of beeswax on top.  Use the heat tool to smooth the wax.

{Layer 5}

Brush Ranger’s Perfect Pearls on the CI Beach Cottage Die Cut Shapes and spritz to activate and set the shimmer. To add extra dimension to the flowers, crumple them after spritzing with water. Add the Die Cut Shapes as shown, and use a white tacky glue to add rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.

The finished collage! Working with beeswax is fun and easy, but here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • If you’re using a block of beeswax, freeze it first, put it in a sturdy plastic bag securely closed, then break it into pieces with a hammer or mallet, or throw it on the sidewalk!
  • Be sure to apply the beeswax in even strokes that don’t overlap. This will prevent buildup along the brush lines.
  • The beeswax will not adhere as well to slick surfaces like vellum, so some lifting may occur.

Blog post by: Kimberly Jones


  1. Karen McAlpine

    This technique is so dreamy.  I love how you added layer after layer.

  2. Susan Jensen

    Love this vintage look, thanks for sharing. Kimberly I will be chcking into your blog.

  3. Michelle Mathey - POMI

    Great job and a great tutorial!!

  4. KellyG

    So cool, great idea!

  5. Kathy P

    Very unique…I've never seen this done before! Thanks for sharing this idea here!

  6. Rea

    This is so beautiful, very clever and unique also.  I need to give it a whirl sometime.  Thank you for sharing, beautiful DP and ribbons used.  

  7. Lisa L.

    wow, this is awesome!  I would never think of this!

  8. Tammy Hall

    OMG this is freakin awesome.  I just love this idea.  Never in a million years would I have thought of beeswax as a medium.  Thank you so much for sharing this technique! You Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. shartl

    Wow is this beautiful! Have never worked with beeswax yet…but this technique is amazing!

  10. sue wisniewski

    I've never done beeswax technique but you make it look easy. thanks for sharing,  stamping sue

  11. B. Poteraj

    I like how you used the ribbon and twine, but the whole wax technique is the really cool part. Nice.

  12. luanne

    amazing art work!

  13. Sue D

    Awesome!!  We keep bees so I have plenty of beeswax–I will have to try this.

  14. Kristie Maynard

    What a cool technique!  Very pretty project.

  15. Miriam Prantner

    This is so neat!  What a gorgeous result!

  16. DebbieC.

    Gorgeous canvas project.  I like the effect the beeswax gives it.

  17. Flo

    Love your beachy project. It is beautiful. I always wondered what to do with the bees wax. Now I know and I just got a melt art melting pot. Thanks.

  18. Amy Jones

    This is really pretty.  What a neat idea.

  19. sandeeNC

    I have never used this technique befor and am wondering about the life span of beeswax….I would love to know more, like will the ribbons lift off later on ( like a year from now? )

    1. Kimberlly Jones

      Hi Sandy! Those are great questions! I am new to beeswax collage myself, so I can't speak from experience, but according to my research the collage should stay intact for a very long time! I don know that the beeswax layers are a bit soft and can be marred, so it's important to remember that. If you want a harder finish, encaustic wax is the way to go! This technique is so fun and I can't believe how easy it is! I hope you will give it a try. Thanks for your comment!

  20. Julie Shearer

    Wow !!  This is so pretty. I'm going top have to try this. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

  21. Bethany Becker

    What an awesome idea!  Thanks for sharing!

  22. Debbie D

    Very nice… must try it some day 🙂

  23. Sharon Gullikson

    Jeepers creepers this is C O O L!


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