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Old 07-16-2003, 03:06 PM
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encaustic cattails...

One of the pieces I did during my recent encaustics workshop in florida... it's 10x30 (I think) homemade encaustics on wood. (and fused with an actual torch, lots of fun) comments and critiques encouraged!
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:14 PM
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Beautiful piece......love the texture you achieved.

Ed, how did you make your own encaustics?? What type of torch did you use?
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Nice work ! This is more along the lines of what I would like to do more than just the iron work. Looks like I need to buy a large hotplate. Did you say in a previos post that you can mix oil paints in with the wax or do you use some other pigments ?

Beautiful work, love the build up of textures.

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WOW! Ed, this is beautiful. I never though about working on wood, but I don't see why not. Did you use the stylus for most of the work, or the iron? I am having a blast working with encaustics right now, but I am teaching myself and am a beginner. Thanks so much for showing this to us. You have given me ideas
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Old 07-17-2003, 08:20 AM
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To answer all your questions:

I make my own encaustics with a mixture of beeswax+microcrystalline wax, melted down in large tins and then blend in a small amount of oil paint for pigment (mixed in small individual muffin tins) Oil paint is fine to use as long as you dont put in more than 30% of the mixture, which will interfere with the wax hardening, leaving you with more of an oily paste. I like to work in layers, so I put in probably no more than 15% pigment or so, to leave it relatively translucent.
I do not use an iron at all, it is actually painted with brushes. I prime my wood (or masonite) with a coat of clear wax and fuse once pretty heavily, leaving the natural irregularities and buildups in the wax to provide a nice textured surface. (I used a small propane torch for this work, but I have since gotten a heat gun, and it provides much more control and less fire hazard - the torch is fun though) Then I start layering the image. I use bristle brushes (synthetics will melt from the heat. ) and I keep the wax liquid on a hot plate in little muffin tins. You have to work F-A-S-T painting like this, for the wax can harden on the brush before you even get it to the support!!! I fuse each layer as I put it on, how heavily depends on how much I want it to blend into the layer below. I also get blending effects by tipping the board while fusing and letting the slightly molten wax flow together in places. the nice part about this is it really builds up the layers nicely, giving a beautiful 3-d texture to the surface. I think most of these paintings probably have about 1/8 to 1/4 inch of wax on the surface at any given point (thicker in areas!) I've actually got 3 more pieces similar to this that I will have to photograph, and post. Maybe I'll do a WIP for my next encaustic to show the process in more detail :-) you can see some of my other encaustics here:

http://www.edzarts.com/Galleries/enc.../encaustic.htm
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Absolutely stunning piece Ed and thank you so much for explaining your techniques.
Ooooooh yes....a WIP would be brilliant
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this is probably one of the nicest encaustics I've seen. I messed around with wax for awhile and had fun with it, but never got anywhere this nice. I used a blow dryer though.... not much control there.
This is wonderful, though. I love the tall skinniness of the surface too. Good job. Do you have others?
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:11 PM
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Actually I'm at your gallery right now. Nice, nice work. I especially love Gravity . Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:44 PM
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Ok, I am interested You have got to do a demo of your process. I can visualize much, but I would like to see it done.
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Old 07-17-2003, 11:41 PM
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Ok then :-)
Demo coming this weekend...

aurorapope: I tried a blowdryer at first, but it was really just not hot enough to have any kind of control. a small torch works better, but what I use now is an actual heat gun. It has variable temperature up to 1100 degrees F, and variable air flow control. it's probably the best fusing tool I've found...
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Wow, these are beautiful! I found your fall leaves post first and was already in awe. These cat tails are fantastic...great explanation of your process but
" Demo! Demo! Demo!" ( No pressure here...lol )
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