I've been trying my hand at using beeswax in my collages. I added color to each by melting crayons on the collage and came up with a very simplified type of encaustic painting. Ok so real encaustic painters don't use crayons to add color but it's all I had. I also tried adding color by melting oil pastels, that worked OK but the color was a little too opaque for what I was trying to do. I find it's not all that hard to mix colors and make a muddy mess but it was fun experimenting. Here is what I came up with:
I think this copper colored one, named Puzzled, is a bit over worked with too many elements in it. I should have pared it down a bit. I had added a lot more of the teal/patina color in wax but I didn't like how it looked so I melted it out.
This next one, Faith, is a little better in it's use of elements but maybe a little dirty looking. Plus it's missing the flower centers. I'll have to go back to the studio to add them.
Of the two, I like "Faith" better but the quote in Puzzled seems appropriate for the whole experience:
"What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter." - by Jean Paul Richter