contrasting textures

Encaustic Art with Contrasting Texture

contrasting texture encaustic

I have an encaustic piece for you today, with a new video of course!  There is so much awesome contrasting texture in this piece, I love it.  And looking at these pictures, I can see I’ve been working with blue and white a lot lately…  Maybe some green or red for my next project, eh?  Sounds about right.  🙂

I cut a lot of things out of this video, for the sake of time, but mostly because there were a lot of things I tried initially that didn’t work.  For example, at one point I tried to outline some of the shapes I created with lots of lines drawn with ink into the wax.  I’m not sure if it was a lack of talent on my part, or the wrong tools, or just bad technique, but those lines turned out pretty awful.  No biggie, though- I gently scraped them off the surface of the wax, and used the excess to make a few more of the round wax balls I adhered to the surface.

contrasting texture encaustic art

  • I began with a square block of plywood, and painted it with white gesso.
  • I added a couple layers of clear wax, fusing with my heat gun between each layer.
  • Starting with the darker of my R&F pigment sticks, I added a bit to the cool wax surface and smeared it around, making sure I was wearing gloves.
  • I fused the oil into the wax, then carefully added another layer over it and fuse it again.  If you get some excess color on your brush, clean the hot brush with a paper towel.
  • The lighter of my oil sticks came next.  I smeared some over the surface, then went to town with my heat gun.  All the layers mixed, and created a smooth wax surface.
  • Using a sharp tool, I drew some lines into the wax, all the way to the wood surface.  In the process, I saved the extra bits of wax to use later.
  • Certain sections got a layer of blue india ink.  Of course, I decided afterwards they were a bit too blue, so I scraped a lot of the surface, took the excess wax and roll it into little balls and added them to the surface of those sections.  Can’t forget to fuse!
  • I added several layers of clear and white wax to those textured sections, fusing in between each layer.
  • The last step was to fix all the lines (multiple fuses made the lines meld together in some places) and add india ink into the grooves.

mixed media encaustic with contrasting texture encaustic art with contrasting textures

Done!!  Not exactly what I had in mind when I started this piece, but it’s always a learning experience.

I hope I’ve inspired you today!!  Thanks for stopping by!

2 replies
  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Enjoyed your video and appreciate you sharing your details, if they worked or not. The piece turned out great, I have been just throwing out those little balls of wax, now will incorporate then into my piece. Also good to know about building the wax up around the balls of wax so don’t melt down when fusing. Great tip. Thanks again Cheryl .


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