“Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.”

It’s been a little while since I last posted but since it’s the weekend I finally have time! Though I think I might just be procrastinating from doing lesson planning and school work…:)

A couple of months ago I worked on some encaustic paintings with my aunt. I had never done encaustics before so it was fun looking at all the different products and tools that she had. There is a lot that goes into it! You need to heat up the wax on a griddle in small containers as well as have a solvent to clean your brush in between colors. You also need a heat gun to fuse the various layers of molten wax. Once we figured out what we were doing, we had a really fun time playing around with all the different equipment and experimenting with the various color waxes.

We immediately fell in love with the process. There is so much you can do with it and we enjoyed embedding various objects into the wax. I used seashells, dried leaves, keys, string, tags, fibrous netting, yarn, beads, text, and vines to make all my creations 3D. We used special encaustic boards to paint our designs on…they are similar to board canvases but a little sturdier. Here were some of the paintings I made:

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I have also been working on some other projects over the past few months. Here is a basset hound picnic basket I did for a friend’s wedding gift:

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The last project was something I did for the Altered Envies Unite group on ATCSforall.com site. I sent this old cigar box painted with a guinea hen and hand carved stamp and a blank book inside that I made out of manilla file folders. I sent it through the mail as is…aka “naked”. I am glad it made it to California safely!

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