Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Encaustic on Paper

I had another Wax Day the other week, with Jeri MacDonald (as soon as she gets her web site updated, I will post a link).  I love working with encaustic on paper.  This is 300# hot press watercolor paper, Arches, I believe.  We both work with encaustic medium, a few colors, oil stick or pigment stick, and a bit of oil paint. Here are a few of my 5"x5" pieces:
The pattern of circles on the left is incised with a stylus while the wax is warm.  Incised lines on the right, the dark ones, are rubbed with oil paint.


This one is probably not finished, well, definitely not finished. Not sure where it will go next.

The color in these that looks like Qinacridone Gold (an acrylic color) is Alizarin Orange.  I have it in encaustic paint and oil paint.

20 comments:

  1. Looks like your acrylic work (which I love), except out of focus from the wax layer. I just don't get encaustic "movement". I can think of a dozen reasons not to use it and only one to use it (cause its popular again). Sorry, just how I feel.

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  2. I love the subtle softness of these which is why I'm really drawn to encaustic work. Really wonderful pieces, Jane!

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  3. I love the look of encaustic work but I imagine it to be a lot of work to do. I didn't know there was such a thing as encaustic paint.

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    1. I should have said encaustic "paint". It is called paint, but it is in solid form at room temperature, and consists of a mixture of encaustic medium and a LOT of pigment.

      All art-making is a lot of work if you are doing it right. (My 2 cents).

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  4. Yummo! Encaustic is the thing at the moment. It has such tactile qualities.

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  5. These are fabulous! I love the texture and depth encaustic adds and you have inspired me to try this. For some reason I thought I could not use water based paint when working with the wax, but it looks like it worked well for you!

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  6. Love these. Still kicking myself for not making it on time into your abstract class. Probably not the right time for me.
    Keep showing us all these great pieces you create!

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  7. Just discovered your work, I love it, love it, and love it. Ordered your Scribble Collage DVD, and I am going to get me hands dirty and having fun.

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  8. Do you ever use any of the acrylic gel mediums that mimic encaustic?

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    1. I don't try to mimic encaustic in acrylic, if that's what you mean. I actually find that a little silly. Each medium has its own voice, and I like to let that be part of the piece.

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  9. I enjoy the "waxy" gloss of encaustic but I do NOT want to get into oil. My work in acrylic, watercolor and mark making and Gelli plate and etc is totally fun. I just can't add oil to the mix. Incidentally I have started finish surfacing my watercolors (painting on aqua or clay board) with Dorland's wax. No heat needed as the wax is soft and can be spread with your fingers. Love the look.

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    1. I feel the same way. I like the look of encaustic, but don't want to get into the issues of proper ventilation, etc. Maybe I should try Dorland's wax.

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  10. Fab pieces! Hope to try wax work this year.

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  11. I really love the look of encaustic. These are fantastic. I've thought of trying it or taking a class, but not sure I'm ready (yet) to buy supplies for another medium. I have a set of Daniel Smith water based oils. I was surprised how rich the color was.. I wonder if I could use these?

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    1. Take a class. Definitely. Don't use water-based oils with encaustic until you really understand the material. Anything with solvents (not sure about water-based oils) requires particular precautions.

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