Proper Encaustic

On my last post you saw my first encaustic piece with unsuitable wax. Here is a piece I did by making the encaustic medium myself. It’s the traditional recipe with beeswax and Damar resin. The original substrate was pre-primed canvas so I had to glue paper onto canvas in order to make it more receptive to the wax (the wax will only have good adhesion to porous surfaces). Generally, a good substrate has to be porous and rigid.

Above, you can see a vague ‘sea’ image. I forgot to mention that encaustics are notoriously hard to photograph, because of the texture and sheen. I don’t know if you can see the layers apparent to me, especially the white of the waves. They seem to float on top the other layers.

In the side shot above you can see that I chose to cover the canvas sides with coloured wax. This is just my choice as some choose to varnish the wood, paint it with acrylic or just seal it with clear wax. The other great thing about encaustics is the way they feel, they’re so smooth and textured at the same time but not as cold as stone – does that make any sense?

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