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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Encaustic continued

 The crashing of my computer and the crashing of the waves from hurricane Matthew delayed me a bit, but I am back and ready to start painting.

At this point I have decided to change the orientation. So I flip it upside down and like it better this way.

I am trying out this strip of black and white paper as a possible collage element. I add surface interest by scratching and drawing.

I am still trying this strip of black and white paper, this is a longer piece Now to add more color. I mixed this beautiful shade of coral and love the way it looks with the blue.

Notice the small black dots in the upper right These dots are made with an electric encaustic stylus. It is a wonderful tool for drawing fine precise line. It has a caligraphy nib and draws up the hot wax.
At this point I'm removing the strip of black and white and have decided not to use it.

In the detail below, I have added a rubbing of carbon paper over the blue square to tone the brightness
down. I add some drawing with a china pencil and small dots with an encaustic stylus.

The yellow lines are made by painting over the yellow and then digging into the surface to show the color underneath. This is why so many layers are built up.

This grid is drawn on with carbon paper.

To finish I have added a few more color layers, and I scrape the surface as I go with a single edge razor blade. This makes the surface flat. I collage strip of my hand painted paper as a finishing touch.
This is a 12" by 12"encaustic painting on a cradled board and it is for sale in my etsy store. Please visit:  notsobland.etsy.com  


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