Encaustics

Dragon Wars series 1, encaustics on paper, 9 x 6 inches
Dragon Wars series 2, encaustics on paper, 9 x 6 inches

After taking a workshop in encaustics, I decided to try it out myself. I just love the translucent quality and the hint of layers that can be achieved. So I bought a hot plate from the Goodwill Store, purchased 3 colors of encaustic paints and the wax at University Arts. Bristle brushes I got cheaply at a hardware store. And used an iron I had for ages. Not too bad a set up. I might even had painted the canvas paper first with oils. But I had heard that it’s not best to combine oils and hot wax because of the toxicity.

I love the look. But the smell was not pleasant. And it was in the dead of winter when I did these. So when summer comes around…maybe, more.

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