More encaustics

Here are a few more of my encaustics. Right now I’m just exploring and seeing what the medium can do and how to do it…and just having fun. No real goal in mind…well yes there is…to feed my soul. I enjoy the process of creating.

This one was fun…I did an image transfer, that is the little girl on the right. She came from a vintage french postcard. I scanned her in…enlarged her and printed her on a toner based printer. I also have in here some old stamps and an old key. Oh and a piece of a map.

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I used a funny roller cutter I found at the Goodwill to make the dashed lines that look like map lines. Filled them in with a metallic wax and then rubbed off the excess. I did manage to over heat the wax that had the transferred picture on it…so it started to float away, but patched it up. I like it on my red wall.

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This one has a print out of a photo I took with my Holga camera, buried under many layers, but gives a nice base. Then it has the horoscope section of The Stranger ripped and pasted along the bottom…here and there…some old watch parts, small gears, and an old watch face…and to top it off some vintage glitter.

I thought I would try working with simple unprepared wood panels, instead of gessoed panels on cradles, as they’re much more expensive. I like the way this turned out…but now would have to add back support, a cradle, if I want to hang…lesson learned. Just use what you like…prepped gessoed cradle boards…they look nice and finished and I can hang them on the wall when I’m done.

The next one, below right, that I also did on the wood panel with no cradle. The cradle is the frame built onto the back that gives the piece support and allows you to mount hanger, wire, what-not to display piece.

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This one is warm and soft…lots of rosy pinks and romantic colors…one large watch spring, which I just love, and lots of small watch innards and two watch faces. I call this one Fall Back. The orientation of the piece can change…this one looks nice a couple ways, but the clock faces are definitely put on in one direction. No matter 🙂 Makes it more interesting.

I often find I’m so close to a piece that even though it feels done, I don’t necessarily like it. Then I come back a couple days, or a day, later and I like it much more…then as I have a little distance I really begin to like it. Odd. So if you feel a piece is finished…let it sit for a couple days and then revisit. You might just like what you see!

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