- If you are feeling impatient waiting for your cold, wax-laden brush to warm up and become pliable, don't use your heat gun to try to hurry the process along. Even non-synthetic brush bristles can be burnt if there's enough heat. Then, when you use said brush, you will spend the next 20 minutes picking little black specks out of your previously pristine painting!
- This one is going to seem really obvious but as a gentle reminder, do not let your heat gun's tip touch anything when you sit it down after using it. I have made a very interesting plastic sculpture out of what was a perfectly good power strip. That is a smell that lingers and reminds me of my mistake everytime I heat up the gun now!
- If you use an oil pastel to make marks on an encaustic surface be sure to wipe off any excess that did not get fused before brushing anything else over it. It didn't take me too long to scrape off the smeared portion of my beautiful marks but I'd rather skip that step next time.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
I've been putting in quite a bit more studio time in the past few weeks and have learned a few more things - some the hard way!