Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Purple Cows: Exploring Encaustic

I got the Melt Tool out today and started playing with encaustic techniques.
I had loads of fun, and only burned my finger once cleaning off the tip!


Encaustic Wax Color Sets-Primary #5062

Encaustic Wax Color Sets-Metallic #5061

Encaustic Wax Kit #5060

Melt Dual Temperature Craft Iron with 6 Tips #5050

Here is my first attempt: a landscape........... can you tell? I had Mt. Fuji in my brain but I'm not sure if it transferred to the canvas. I practiced getting the wax to move the way I wanted it and mixing colors.

Then I decided to have some real fun and create a mixed media mural.

I copied some images of fish I'd painted for another mural into a document (drawing file) and printed it onto 11 x 14 drawing paper.

I mixed the Navy and Clear wax to create the watery background while again experimenting with the edge of the tool and different ways to move the wax, or more likely: to get it to go where I wanted it to go. There is clear over each fish image and I added highlights of the gold metallic to the fish. Here is the end results.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.
Please visit the Purple Cows blog for lots of project ideas and inspiration.

Craft On!

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