Saturday, February 27, 2010

ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE


Debbi Weiss (no relation) but my trusty and reliable crafty partner had been talking about trying our hand at encaustic painting/collage. Finally we set aside a day which was last Tuesday 23 Feb and spent the whole day having fun. We had both researched as much as we could about how to do this ancient art of painting with wax. Since neither of us are fine art painters, more into the collage, we decided to also collect bits and pieces to embed into the wax. Needing an electric frypan as the main heat source we tossed a coin as to who would be happy to donate their electric frypan for the job! It was my electric frypan that was assigned to the job of melting and keeping the wax soft. I also got the short straw when it came to making the wax/damar crystal mixture. Adding damar crystals to the wax makes the wax harden more when it sets, which is supposed to be better to keep the wax from melting in the very hot weather. Also it is better if one is adding in collage pieces as they hold better.






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VERY MESSY, BUT LOTS OF FUN.




We both enjoyed our encaustic painting/collage experience. The most important part is to be very careful with heating the wax. Being a highly inflammable product, wax should not be heated by a naked flame heat source. Which is why we used the electric frypan on very low and then used our heatguns to remelt the wax once it was applied to the board. The main tools besides the electric frypan was our heat guns, wooden handled metal spatula, pliers to hold the little wax pots which get hot with the melted wax, scalpal and our scissors. Clean up was not fun as it is a little hard to get the wax off. Hot water, detergent, razor blade paint scraper and time... it all came clean. We are both looking forward to making another encaustic collage soon.
If anyone has any questions on any of our work, please email me and I will be happy to give you any advice to get you started to work with encaustics.
If you would like to see Debbi's work, please visit her blog.
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"BIRD"



"BIRD"
My first encaustic mixed media collage is finally finished! I am thrilled on how it turned out. My favourite part of it is the wire birdcage that I made with rusty wire (thankfully my tetanus shots are up to date). I cant wait to start my next one.

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