On Saturday, I got up bright and early and drove alllll the way to Carp and then a bit farther for my first encaustic workshop with Hubby’s mom. The workshop was taught by the popular Susan Ukkola, maker of fine items such as this:
She quickly went through the steps: First apply a coat of melted beeswax to your wood, then add pigment mixed with wax, leaving a space in the pigment for your picture(s):
Place your picture in the space and coat it with wax:
Then seal it with a heater gun:
Next you can add a coat of oil paint of any colour you like. Spread it all over the panel and then wipe it off with a cloth and linseed oil. (This part was REALLY messy)
Once our works were all done, we left them out to dry:
Lastly, we sealed the sides with pigment and wax:
Of course there are lots of other ways to do encaustic painting and I may have forgotten a step, but this is the general idea. Melted wax+regular heat+pigment+photos/drawings/whatever=Party time!
Here are the works that I created:
and my “Dark Crystal” work:
It takes three days for the wax to solidify so the sides are a bit mushy for awhile. Encaustic painting is fun and naturally on the way home I thought of other things that I could try using this medium. But it requires space, outlets, heating pans, wax, brushes, paint, pigments, a sink, etc. Perhaps I will take another workshop with Susan, since I don’t have many of these resources at the moment.
Here is another great encaustic artist who I discovered recently. The stuff he creates is really cool:
So if you have the chance, I recommend trying encaustic. My mother-in-law is completely addicted to it, who knows you might be too!