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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Look at my process

I have recently become a fan of instagram. So many visual treats to excite the senses. I am hooked and hope you will follow me. My handle is just my name, all three of them: lynncorsibland

After posting a few photos of my process when creating an encaustic painting I got a great response, so I thought I'd try it here on my blog.

I thought it might be interesting to document each step as I build up the layers of an encaustic painting.
One painting can have as many as 20, with others only 10 to 12. The first layer is always the gesso and I like to cover my boards myself. If I'm in a mood to work textured I can easily create a few bumps and dips to make it suit me.
The gesso is a very special porous one made specifically for painting with encaustic medium. The surface must be very porous to absorb the wax. Acrylic gesso WILL NOT work. It has a polymer base which is plastic and works as a sealer. I order mine from RFPaints. Some artists paint directly on the raw wood, this works well, and saves a step, but I like the bright white surface.

Here is my board with 2 layers of gesso, and one of india ink loosely painted with a small brush.

I always break up my surface with some type of marks. I get ideas and inspiration as I look at the marks I've drawn.

The next two layers are clear encaustic medium with no pigments added. Even if I want a textured piece I scrape the surface with a razor blade on these early layers. I now have 4 layers and haven't really begun to paint.

I don't plan my colors at the beginning. I like to intuitively look at those lovely colors of hot
wax and randomly choose. These first few layers will covered over so any colors will do. It's
a nice surprise sometimes as I'm scraping through layers to find a wild color combo that I
just love. This is the beauty of the encaustic process.  After a few more colorful layers it's time
to get serious. I move the colors that I plan to use and put them to one side of my palette.

I really like the way this blue and coral look side by side on my palette. So these will be a good starting point. I'll continue my demo on the next blog post.

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