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Topic: How Can You Do Encaustic?  (Read 1080 times)
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« on: October 09, 2007 02:57:56 AM »

Hi Everybody, Kiss

To start, you will need blocks of wax designed for encaustic art along with a sturdy heatproof canvas. You will also want to pick up an encaustic iron and you may want to think about textural tools such as brushes and a stylus so that you can manipulate the wax as you lay it down.

Make sure that the iron is a low heat similar to the nylon setting on conventional travel irons. The more constant the temperature is the more controllable the handling characteristics of the wax color.

Spread the wax onto the sealed card in a smoothing manner. The card should be placed on some disposable under-paper. Instead of smoothing with the iron, it is lifted off the card, a most amazing effect occurs.
If you are drawing a landscape, these appear as an organic form, which can be used to imply all sorts of things within images Trees, bushes, lichens, coral but to name a few.

Holding the card in your hand, bend it slightly and apply gentle pressure from the iron. Dabbing in this way will give your ground a nice texture.
To get the effect of grass, turn the iron on its side and slice upwards with it.

To get the effect of flowers, just dot some wax onto the iron. You can use as many different colors as you wish, but be careful not to drag the iron at this point, just dab the paper gently.

The tip of the iron is used to add a bird or two.

The use of beeswax as a medium for painting lasting images that span over 2000 years, or for creating almost instant artworks that everyone can enjoy.

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007 09:02:58 AM »

Very interesting-is it possible to see this in pictures?

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007 09:18:26 AM »

This is interesting! I approach it in a much different way though!

I melt large quantities of wax in an old crock pot I've got, then ladle that into old metal soup/food cans and add pigment to the individual cans! I keep those on an old pancake griddle to keep them warm... and I go from there!

Your way sounds much neater though Smiley

« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2007 09:12:00 PM »

I am so glad you posted this! We talked about encaustic in art appreciation class, and I've been wondering what the best way to go about trying it would be. So thank you!

balkandina: here are a couple links for examples.

Encaustic was used to do funeral pictures of people back in Egypt. Here's an example of a young boy's picture:

Jasper Johns kind of made encaustic famous again in the 1950's, you can find one of his artworks here:
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