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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Venting for Encaustic Painting

One of the most important aspects of designing an encaustic work area is the task of taking the wax fumes out and bringing the fresh air in. My husband custom designed mine and it works exceptionally well.

We researched for months, reading and visiting other encaustic studios. There is a lot of very helpful information on the RF Paints website about building a ventilation system. There are so many different ways of venting air out, and I chose a built-in system so it wouldn't get in my way.
Here are the photos of the parts that are built into the wall. We had a big advantage building from the ground up because none of the working parts of the system are exposed. The only thing you see is the 6" intake grille on the face of the wall, the variable speed switch, and the vent on the outside of the building.

Some important notes are as follows.
1. You should use a licensed electrician for the hookup of the electrical components.
2. It is very important that the variable speed switch is compatible with the fan.
3. The exhaust vent will allow sufficient flow that it will not impede the flow of air.
4. When using the system you will need to crack a window or door to let air into the room to make up for the air that is being exhausted.
5. It might be advisable to consult with an HVAC contractor to install the system.

#1 - Intake Grill and Variable Speed Switch (on left)

#2 - Inline 250 cfm Duct Fan Installation

#3 - Closeup of Variable Speed Fan Switch

#4 - Overall View of Installation

#5 - Exhaust Outlet with Damper