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03-11-2018, 02:48 PM
I've been experimenting with encaustic medium (bees wax and resin). It's an ancient medium that was used to seal ships and by greek artists in egypt to paint funeral portraits. It's known for its incredibly long lifespan of retaining color remarkably well (like 5th century b.c. kind of well).

So far i'm not doing it justice, but if you wanna have a look at my flailings, they're here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21317773#post21317773) and here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1443974) in the WC! mixed media forum.


03-12-2018, 03:02 PM
Looks like you have been having fun La! :)

03-12-2018, 05:58 PM
I've never tried encaustic. Kudos to you.
This gives a very different vibe and deserves much more viewing time to appreciate all the nuance. Very interesting tho.

03-13-2018, 04:00 AM
Work safe La! I've heard there are special precautions required for encaustic?

03-13-2018, 01:12 PM
thanks, guys

that i have, graph :)

it's worth doing some youtube research before diving in, Bi, and is definitely better to view in real life - and even to feel it, when done smoothly it's soft, like silk, when you run your hand over it. one simply can't catch that in a photo.

yes, rick, ventilation is good. there's the beeswax + varnish combo and the beeswax + resin combo. I'm using the latter and it's far less toxic, but i work in my kitchen (stove) and always turn on the stove vent.


03-14-2018, 11:58 AM
i really liked the first blue one you didn't, and the "meh" :) would look right in a young person's room. there's a presence in them, your focus has materialized.

03-14-2018, 01:02 PM
thanks ronsu, i'll probably try the wax paper notion again with a better thought out composition (and glue) ... that blue one is now this ... and my face mold is now warped from the heat http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2018/84648-eyerolleye.gif