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Topic: My Continued Romance with Encaustic (Hot Wax+Resin) Painting on Wood--More Added  (Read 7374 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2009 09:27:54 AM »

Here are 2 more:

Conversation (12x12 inch): click on image to see it larger
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2009 07:48:07 PM »

I love them all!!!  Unique.
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2009 07:52:53 AM »

Very beautiful creations.  Thanks for sharing and inspiring me...

I've been intrigued by encaustic.  We have our own honey bees and I wanted to use the wax for something different and unusual and have been looking into encaustic.

In addition to mixing your own colors, do you mix your own wax too?  And if so, where do you get the damar resin?   Huh

Youtube, you say?  Hmmm...gonna have to check it out.
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2009 08:11:30 AM »

Very beautiful creations.  Thanks for sharing and inspiring me...

I've been intrigued by encaustic.  We have our own honey bees and I wanted to use the wax for something different and unusual and have been looking into encaustic.

In addition to mixing your own colors, do you mix your own wax too?  And if so, where do you get the damar resin?   Huh

Youtube, you say?  Hmmm...gonna have to check it out.
Thanks again!


Thank you! How cool that you can make your own wax! A lot of encaustic artists I've read about buy wax directly from bee farms.  I thought it was too much trouble and too expensive to buy the crystals and wax separately (since i was just starting with a small amount), so I found a lady who I buy the already made clear medium (wax+resin) from that I think is the cheapest. she has a website www.clairvoyantenca ustics.com.
For pigment, I squirt cheap oil paint onto a paper towel and let the oil blot out on the paper towel over night. then i use the paint to mix into my clear medium.
I learned everything via youtube and 2 encaustic books.
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2009 08:29:46 AM »

Thanks for the link. I've seen where it's suggested to use oil paints dried on paper towels. I liked that idea.  Glad to hear from you that it works well.

You know, I sorta worried about making my own medium...worried about getting the damar ratio right, getting the wax clean and clear enough and also about getting it bleached enough....

But then I thought....isn't that part of the art?  And haven't people been doing encaustic painting for 1000's of years?  I'm pretty sure there isn't going to be anything that I could mess up that hasn't already been messed up before.   Ya know? 

So, what the heck?  Why not?  I'm gonna give it whirl as soon as we get enough wax to play around with. 

Again, thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2009 09:06:36 AM »

DoodleLou, you are so brave! You go!
People have different preferences for wax to damar resin ratios. the lady i buy from does 9:2 i think but some people do 8:2 and so on....
your experimentation will definitely help you find the way!
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2009 03:32:46 PM »

...and a lil' more:

Concentric, approx 4x4 inches


Sex & Candy, approx 4x4 inches
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2009 06:55:43 AM »

Awww...come on now! You gotta stop teasing me with your fabulous creations! Wink

I don't have enough beeswax yet to get started mixing up my medium. *light bulb moment!!*...But I do know another beekeeper...I bet I could get some wax from him....hmmm.....

Off to research damar resin and oil paints. 

Thanks again for sharing.  And inspiring!
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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2009 08:10:38 AM »

the damar resin seems like something one would have to find online.
i found very cheap oil paints (they seem to work fine) at michael's crafts.

hope you have an electric skillet and some tins to put the wax/resin/oil combo in! i found one at walmart for $20.
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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2009 11:13:06 AM »

Do you have one of those little encaustic iron thingies?  You know the one that they use on Youtube for all those Expert Village videos?  Or do you just use brushes and the like?

That iron thingy seems like a handy-dandly little tool to have but not completely necessary, right?
Opps....sorry, hate to be so full of questions but I'm uber intrigued.  Cheesy

Yup, got an electric skillet....but will have to chase down some tins. And will have to order the damar resin on line.  Found a couple of different resources by Googling it.
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