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Topic: Encaustic (colored wax) paintings - now with pics instead of links  (Read 1120 times)
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« on: July 10, 2008 07:40:54 AM »

These are a few paintings I made with colored wax and various hot irons, on glossy cardstock.  They're very small (only 5"x7") but it's a fun medium to play with.  You probably can't tell from the pictures, but it's a very dimensional "paint" to work with - all the lines and ridges you see are three-dimensional.

(Links fixed to be pics now that I'm "old enough" Wink )

The "paint" is made by adding tints to beeswax and letting it harden into blocks.  (I bought them pre-made online, I'm not THAT crafty!)  Then you take a craft iron (flat, no steam holes) and use various techniques to melt the wax onto the iron and/or the paper, and work it from there.  It's a lot of fun!  Reminds me of playing with crayons and Mom's iron as a kid, only this time with no danger of getting grounded! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008 07:46:05 AM »

i spent a whole day researching encaustic painting and looking for places to get the materials. this makes me want to look for it all over again! photos never do any justice to the amount of detail and depth that go into these pieces of art. they are beautiful in picture and i'm sure they're stunning in person. thanks for the renewing my interest in encaustics!
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008 07:54:52 AM »

I just googled "encaustic art supplies" and started shoppin'.  Grin  Probably spent way more than I should have for something I'd never tried, but life is too short not to splurge on cool new creative stuff, right?  Wink

I want to try doing some fabric printing with the wax, I hear that's pretty easy to do.  Basically just make your painting in mirror-image to what you want and then flop it down face-first onto your fabric and iron the back.  I hear it's even washable in cold water - beeswax has a nice high melting point.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2008 04:30:27 PM »

these are beautiful!  I am fully enamored with encaustics.  I am fascinated by the depth attainable with this medium.  I am just starting to use acrylic resin as a sort of 'encaustic' trying to attain the 'to the rear of the work' effect I always wish I could get with true encaustics.  I wish I could find a true clear wax.  now that would rock my sox!

anyways...many kudos! the #4 is stunning.

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2008 10:33:38 PM »

I know I'm just a newbie, but I've never seen anything like this before.  This is really great!
Just beautiful.  I usually do pen and ink (mostly stippling), and yours is just so mystical looking to me.  I'm really interested in learning more about it.  Thank you for the eye opener.


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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2008 12:48:11 AM »

the first one is really beautiful, the lines look like trees in winter
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