|Karen Eide demonstrating an encaustic technique in her workshop|
|Basic encaustic set up|
After listening to safety precautions, our group got to work. As we applied layers of wax, we could add fabric, paper, netting, string, and other similar materials. We could etch into the wax with sharp tools and scrape it off with a palette knife. We could draw or paint on the wax with Sharpies, ink, and oil pastels. Between each layer, we applied a heat gun to set the wax. If we let the heat gun get too close or be applied too long, the wax would melt, sometimes into interesting designs.
My first piece was a small octopus. I started with the background, applying clear wax and the colors. I melted the colors together. I etched the octopus drawing into the wax, applied black wax over the etching, and scraped off the excess, leaving the line. I added other colors and touched up the black wax, adding heat between each layer. I was very happy with my first attempt at encaustic:
|My steps to making a moody octopus encaustic painting. © 2012 Sylvia Liu|
|© 2012 Sylvia Liu|
|©2012 Sylvia Liu|
|Octopus © 2012 Sylvia Liu|
To see what an experienced artist can do with encaustics, check out Karen Eide's website.
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