Ahhhh, Encaustic Art…. 😍 The textures, the colors, the process. Swoon.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.
Soooooo, I have been wanting to dive in for a while. Not sure when I first saw it but seeing the rows of yummy, colorful blocks of wax at Blicks probably pushed me over the edge.
But there’s a lot-o-stuff you need to get started. It’s not exactly a make-do-with-the-hoard-you-already-have type of thing. It’s a you’re-gonna-need-an-all-new-hoard type of thing. As I’ve pointed out before, I art in thy closet.
Literally. Even on my best day, when I’ve just cleaned the counter, there is not enough room (or fresh air, as toxic fumes can result) in da-closet-o-craft for a griddle up in there.
I thought I might create an outdoor space, but let’s be serious it was 111 degrees in the shade the other day so – no.
So I had put the encaustic idea away in my wish list for a few month. There was just too much that I didn’t know and didn’t have. Untilllllll I saw a post from Ivette Newport advertising her online workshop, Whimsical Portraits and Dreamy Landscapes. BAM! Just like that I knew I had to do it because THAT is the dreamy look that’s always in my brain.
So, thanks to my dear, sweet husband who indulges me in ways he has no knowledge of, Ivy Newport and Amazon Prime, within 48 hours we had a mini, yet fully functional encaustic wonderland in our kitchen. 👍
Ohmygosh – every part of the encaustic art process is SO much fun. I’m still in an experimenting phase, but it’s super interesting to see what works and how to fine-tune an idea to work once it’s melted. 😂 (See photo below of swirly cactus that was moving as the wax above it was melting – oops!)
The finished result is dreamy and scrumptious. The wax hardens to somewhat hardened surface and little imperfections in both your substrate and wax surfaces really make the finished piece unique.
I’m looking forward to more time spent creating again today. The ideas are overflowing and the wax is melting!
I love scouting Instagram for inspiration as well as posting pics now and then. Are you on Instagram? I’d love to follow you there! Here I am if you’d like to be Insta-Friends… 😊 📷 http://instagram.com/tracy_eauclaire