Encaustic painting is the process of fusing one layer of wax to another using a heat source from either above the surface or underneath. My upcoming classes will teach students how to do both by using a skillet, heat gun, clothes iron, hot box, and lots of other cool toys!
The first thing I do before I start painting is research my subject matter. Sometimes my research comes directly from nature, and sometimes it's just made up in my head and recorded in my sketchbook.
Next I heat up the hot box and wax on the skillet.
Next I choose a paper on which to print...in this case I chose Hosho, a type of rice paper. I clamp it to the hot box then fold it back until I'm ready to print.
Next I draw the image I want onto the hot box using encaustic crayons and melted medium, working with liquid wax the whole time. Depending on how hot the box is, some of the colors bleed into eachother. Once I have the painting finished, I gently lay the paper over the wax until it begins to bleed through. Then I gently peel back the paper and this is the result!
Yesterday the girls and I got to play in front of the camera while getting our picture taken for the April issue of Parent Magazine. We had a good time. Lilly was a little nervous, and Izzy was a ham, as usual. This will be Lilly's second time in the magazine. The first time she was in a picture with me and we were photographed working on one of my paintings together. This time both girls were painting a Junkyard sculpture that will be displayed on the Broad Avenue Art Walk April 13. Hope you guys can make it out! In the meantime, take a look at my classes and contact page for information on upcoming classes. The kids are having fun Saturdays, and the parents seem eager to jump in as well. The classes are a precursor for guided
Victoria coloring with encaustic crayons on the hot box. After she finished, we covered her art with rice paper and pulled several prints.
The kids had a great time this past Saturday in The Studio at 455 Collins behind 3 Angels wBroad Avenue. They continued their work on the encaustic hot box pulling prints, encising in wax, and developing their collages. They also sculpted in clay and tried their hand at automatic painting, a la Jackson Pollack. We are having so much fun. If you would like information about my upcoming classes for kids and adults, please visit my Class and Contact page!
Greg will remind me that I am terrible at documenting my work, but I'm practicing! I'm also terrible at PR, but I'm practicing that as well. Lately I've taken a break from encaustics so I can focus building the exhibit sculptures for The Junkyard Museum (www.thejunkyardmemphis.org). Things are still moving along with my dream project, and I am just about finished playing with plaster and wire for awhile. April 13th I will have these on display along with my newest encaustic pieces. The open studio day was a blast. I got to visit with a few people that saw my post on facebook and brainstorm ideas with two other artists! I hope it is the beginning of many more open studio sessions to come!