Melt Art Mania

May 30, 2013



Melt Art Mania


This giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner has been announced HERE. Thank you all for the wonderful comments.

I was thrilled when Ranger asked me to participate in their Melt Art Mania event. All they asked was that I create a project using their melting pot and any other Melt Art products. If this is the first you’ve heard about their Melt Art Mania event go check out their blog. Starting May 15th, Ranger has featured some of the most amazing projects and tutorials created by artists from all over using products from their Melt Art line. I decided to feature their Melting Pot, Texture Treads, Bees Wax and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel ~ UTEE.

I love the feel and color of Natural Bees Wax and had my mind set on creating a thin textured Bees Wax background for a mini canvas. The issue I kept encountering was once the Bees Wax set on the Texture Tread it was hard to remove. As soon as I started peeling the Bees Wax from the Texture Tread it would stick or tear apart. Well with a lot of trial and error I finally figured out how to get the awesome embossed design found on the Floral Flourish Texture Tread using Bees Wax. So to save you all the trial and error I went through, today I’m sharing my Pliable Bees Wax Technique.

Melt Art Maina

Supplies Needed: Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Heat It Craft Tool, Melting Pot, Melt Art Texture Tread ~ Floral Flourish, Natural Bees Wax, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel


Step 1

  • Place melting pot onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, melt Bees Wax in melting pot as instructed by manufacturer. 
  • Place Texture Tread onto Non-Stick Craft Sheet, using a natural bristle brush apply melted Bees Wax onto Texture Tread. Apply enough Bees Wax onto the Texture Tread so the entire design is covered with Bees Wax.
  • Using a Heat It Craft Tool warm the Bees Wax on the Texture Tread and sprinkle a thin layer of UTEE on top of the Bees Wax as shown above.
  • Using your finger CAREFULLY press the UTEE into the warm Bees Wax. Tap off excess UTEE.

Step 2

  • Using a Heat It Craft Tool, melt the UTEE on top of the Bees Wax until the UTEE is melted. 

Step 3

  • While the UTEE is melted sprinkle another thin layer of UTEE on top of the melted Bees Wax and UTEE, tap off excess UTEE. NOTE: Since the UTEE is HOT the UTEE granules will attach to the UTEE. DO NOT press them into the melted UTEE with your finger. Melted UTEE will BURN YOU!

Step 4

  • Using a Heat It Craft Tool heat the Bees Wax and UTEE until the UTEE is melted and looks clear.
  • Now let the mixture cool completely. This is very important. Just walk away from the table.

Step 5

  • Once the Bees Wax and UTEE have completely cooled slowly and patiently begin peeling the Bees Wax and UTEE mixture from the Texture Tread. 

Step 6

Now you have a beautiful Bees Wax background perfect to use on any project. What I love about this type of background is it’s not perfect. You can see bubbles in the wax and little holes here and there but these imperfections are what make it so perfect.

To size the background piece for my mini canvas I carefully pulled and pinched some of the Bees Wax from around the edges. I wanted the edges to be random so this worked beautifully. If you want crisp edges you can trim them with scissors or a craft knife. You can leave the background in it’s natural Bees Wax state or accent it with Perfect Pearls as I did for my mini canvas.

Background Close Up

Melt Art Mania Mini Canvas

Here is a recipe card I created for you to print out and keep on hand to reference this technique in the future.

Lisa's Pliable Bees Wax Technique Card

And check this out… for a chance to win this awesome prize package by Ranger leave a comment on this blog post no later than midnight CST June 2nd and I will have Ansley pick a winner June 3rd. Good Luck!

Melt Art Prize Pack

Prize package includes, 2 texture treads, 1 set of heat-it inks, an 8oz. jar of clear UTEE, Melt Art Project Craft Sheet.


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  • Dolly

    Your piece turned out beautifully! I love the uneven edges of your beeswax! TFS :D

  • Margaret

    what a cool mini canvas. love it. Thanks for sharing

  • Sue A

    I love the textured beeswax! Your mini canvas is adorable. I am grateful for all of the projects you share on your blog!

  • Terry

    Love this canvas and what a clever idea! Thank you so much for sharing your technique!

  • Susan C.

    Wow! A great discovery to make beeswax more ‘durable’. Thanks for sharing this great project and the info.

  • Richele Christensen

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Beautiful project!! Thank you for sharing this awesome technique!!

  • Lynda L

    Fabulous project and tutorial!!!!

  • JLeigh Designs

    I never thought about using Bees was for texture – love it. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial. I will definitely have to try this with my mixed media art. I hope I win the package.

  • Victoria Sturdevant

    Beautiful canvas! Thanks for the “recipe,” it’s in my melt art box.

  • Jamie Papantonakis

    This is gorgeous! thanks for the tip!

  • Sara Plush

    What a great idea!!! Love this!!

  • Linda Talley

    It looks like it would be difficult but after you explained it, I think even I can do it! Great Ranger products as well!

  • Julie

    how awesome! another great idea! Thanks for sharing with us Lisa! And thanks Ansley for picking me!

  • Terry

    Love the background this tech makes! Thnx 4 sharing ~ Terry Y.

  • Tonya Trantham

    As always absolutely gorgeous canvas!!! Thanks so much for sharing :-)

  • Mel H

    Love your canvas…and what a neat technique! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Ellie Knol

    What a good idea to use the UTEE and beeswax together this way, I think I need a texture tread!!

  • Phyllis Olson

    Beautiful piece of art. Thanks for the instructions.

  • sharron

    After a long creative hiatus I am getting my mojo back and your tute is awesome!!I have used beeswax before but never like this and with the utee and texture treads! Thanks for sharing!!

  • elizford

    Simply beautiful–thanks for your experiments and sharing the results!

  • Sian

    Oh wow, thanks for sharing your technique, I love it, and must try it out (but first I need to get some treads!). Gorgeous creation :)

  • Sue Tucker

    Seriously stunning technique. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jenny Veale

    Thank you for sharing a fabulous project it is so delicious I’m going to have to try it soon! Your recipe card is a brilliant idea and I’ll be popping it in the drawer with my UTEE. xxx

  • LindaH

    So beautiful! I am waiting for an order of treads so I can try to do this. Thanks so much!

  • Wombat Pirate

    Really neat! I just bought some BeesWax, so I can try this! woo!

  • Kezzy

    WOW WOW WOW WOW what a fantastic idea, awesome amazing tutorial I can’t wait to try it and the end result your creation is gorgeous and extremely stunning with lots of texture. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

  • Joy Mizelle

    A great project! Super tutorial. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Theresa Grdina

    This is fantastic!! I would never have thought to use the UTEE on top/in back of the beeswax! This is a great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing. The recipe card makes it simpler, too. I have always wanted to try beeswax…..AND the melting pot. Your creation is fantastic!!! Sparkly, just like I like!!

  • Suzanne Wiegand

    Absolutely stunning! I am definitely going to try this technique!!

  • PatC

    Love this project! Thanks for the tutorial.

  • anne voss

    I do love working with Beeswax! It is so underrated! UTEE’s shy cousin, perhaps??

  • Ange B

    What a great project Lisa! I love the look of this technique and will have to give it a try…looks like the UTEE would give some extra strength to the bees wax. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win! :-)

  • Kathy Eddy

    Gorgeous project. I love working with beeswax.

  • Lori H.

    Wow! Beeswax and UTEE, who’d a thunk it? Very cool project!


    I love UTEE~! ^^ beautiful~!

  • Ruby C

    Love your beautiful canvas. Thanks for finding out how to made the beeswax work with the texture plate and sharing it with us. Love the garden fairy’s little crown. Is that German Paper?

  • Desiree de Monye

    What a fabulous idea and tutorial! I recently purchased a melting pot and some beeswax and UTEE so this might just give me the nudge to jump in and play! Thanks!

  • ihallen

    I am really enjoying this melt art series from Ranger – what a fab technique Lisa. I love the waxy look this achieves. Would make a fab honeycomb background for a bee inspired project. Thank you for sharing.

  • dgibson32

    So cool! I love the beeswax look and can’t wait to try this!

  • Lori Cotter Dyke

    Thanks for the wonderful tip on the bees wax and texture tread combo! That will be VERY helpful. I cannot wait to try it :)

  • Erica @

    What a beautiful canvas – and thanks for the great technique!

  • Barbara Moore

    I’ve seen several tutorials and all of you designers are just wonderful! I love this new technique with the beeswax! Gotta try it! Thank you!

  • Nan G

    Wow! Cool technique. Now all I need is a texture tread! Then I will be trying this one. Beautiful piece by the way! :)

  • Barbie

    wow so amazing!!!

  • Tracy Heaton

    That’s a great technique – I need a texture tread now!

  • Denise Bryant

    Love all the dimension on this piece!

  • Leonie

    Thanks for the great post. What a fantastic background it makes. Now I want to go try it;)

  • Debbie Ravenhill

    Wow I have never seen this technique done before, it look amazing. Thanks for sharing this post I will definitely be giving it a go!! x

  • Barbara Albrecht

    WOW!!! What a super project!! Thank you for letting us all know how to deal with beeswax and texture treads. Thanks also for the recipe card to print out….already printed.

  • Tracy Heaton