February has started off with a bang creatively. I’ll apologize up front because most of what I will be posting is purely encaustic painting and techniques instead of solely being combined with photography but somewhere down the road the information will be used in my photography works I’m sure.
This past weekend I attended a workshop in
with Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch. There were so many new ideas and products to try! Asheville NC
|Trish demonstrating a TAP transfer onto wax|
We also applied a product called "wood icing" that looked like a mixture of plaster and wood glue. This product could go on top of or underneath wax layers. I really liked this substance. Once dry, it took color from pastels or pigment powders wonderfully. In the photo above, the blue and yellow board has wood icing applied to the top. Here is a piece I finished very simply with encaustic medium, wood icing along the side, and some aqua pearl-ex pigment powder brushed across the dried wood icing to match the color in the photo beneath.
We had a workstation set up with various papers, pan pastels, oil sticks, oil paint, and stencils.
|Art can sure be messy!|
This was my first experience using a propane torch. Boy howdee, that is a fun instrument! I think my favorite new activity is burning shellac on an encasutic surface. We used paper towels to dab on an amber shellac. Alcohol inks or pearl-ex pigments could be mixed into the shellac for various effects.
|Trish applying shellac|
|Shellac applied and mixed with a dark purple alcohol ink|
|After burning the shellac and ink|
|Linda's and my workspace toward the end of the workshop's 2nd day|
|Liz and Linda removing painters tape from Liz's gorgeous piece|
I also had a good time mixing shellac and pearl-ex powdered pigments.
|Plaster and wood glue burned with a torch|