For my substrates, I'm recycling some picture boards (not sure what to call them but you can see them in the picture). I get them for pennies at a recycling depot in town, so they're perfect. I sand them, cover them with gesso* and then I'm ready to go (research gesso vs. encaustic gesso if you're planning to do this).
I wanted some heavy texture in this piece, so I pulled out the drywall compound again, and using a stencil I applied a thick layer of compound with my fingers, making it easy to control where I was applying it without having to mask off the stencil.
Needless to say, this needs a bit of time to dry, especially because of the fairly thick application.
I'm now ready to add some collage elements and start playing with the wax medium!
I'd say I still need to work on my use of this medium...a lot!...but, here's my first attempt at encaustic. It's a very interesting medium to explore, but as you can see, I have a ways to go before I get a handle on this.
thanks for sharing this Linda, I didn't know encaustic could be used over gesso! I went on a course a year or so ago and I got all the materials but since then have not really used them. i think it is because I didn't like the idea of creating on a smooth surface. On the course we used a shiny sort of paper and got a glass like effect ehich was pretty but not textural enough for what I wanted. Your post has fired my imagination and I am looking forward to see what direction this takes you!ReplyDelete
Thanks Morag. As you can see, I've got a ways to go in the process, but I think it will be a fun journey!Delete
Great to see this beginning and I'm glad you jumped in. I can't seem to get enough of encaustic.ReplyDelete
Thanks Leah. I can see why you love it so much.Delete
That is very cool looking and think you did an awesome job for your first attempt at this use. I will have to look in to this! Great job and thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jeanne. It's certainly a new learning curve, but it's lots go fun.Delete
That looks like a lot of fun and challenging too!ReplyDelete
Yes. Vicki, certainly challenging. I've got a lot more to learn!Delete
What a lovely first piece with encaustics- love the layout and coloring- Beauteous! I too just started playing with encaustics- it is very releasing and not as scary as I thought- but practice practice practice!
Thanks! And yes, I need to keep at it for a while!Delete
Hey now, that's a fun result! I've been thinking about doing it again too. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Kit. It's certainly a different medium, but I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with it.Delete
Hi Linda !ReplyDelete
It does look like a lot of fun and I'm enjoying watching those that work with this medium .... great stuff !
Nice to meet up with you again at 'Celebrate The Seven' last week !
Thanks Sharron. It was so great to see you again and the show was fabulous!Delete