Mixed Media Artist

I work primarily in acrylics and collage.I use collage and beewax in my assemblage works and am now completing several shrines using found objects. I have been experimenting with encaustic collage and have found the medium very challenging. The paint is a combination of melted beeswax and pigment. A small amount of damar resin is added for hardness. I mix these paints myself and while painting all custom colors are mixed directly on a hot palette.
I will share my progress with this exciting medium with photos of work in progress and finished pieces.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Three Sailboats

Three Sailboats
18 x 18
This painting was done on a wood panel from American Easel. The panel has a 2 1/2" deep cradle.
This is the first time painting on this type of support and  I found the natural wood an excellent surface for the melted beeswax. I highly recommend trying it. I usually prime my panels with encaustic gesso, but with this one, I could eliminate that step and get right into the first layer of the painting. The depth also eliminates the need for a frame and keeps any warping from happening. The sides can be taped and left raw, or painted with acrylic paint.
These panels are also ideal for mixed media work because they will take a lot of scratching and scraping and it is strong enough to glue heavy objects onto it.

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