Here are some words describing "Painting With Wax":
Encaustic Art enables anyone to experience creative art
The wax colours can be re-activated at any future time -
change is ALWAYS an option.
Unfreezable paint allows lots of exploration and instantly
finished results - wax cools in seconds, so no need to
watch the paint dry!
There is no age barrier and no skill requirement for
beginning encaustic art.
Use good products - the non-absorbent card and powerful wax
block colours are proved to work - poor choice of materials
leads to frustration.
Don't try to preconceive when you begin, just choose a
"direction" or "approach" - respond to what happens, not
what you thought would happen!
Float the iron on the wax, don't squash it to death - a
light gentle touch will produce good coloured effects
Don't try to use the iron like a brush, poking at the wax
with the point - it is an iron, so be bold and
light-handed, use it flat, then later on edge.
The stylus is designed for graphical input, like a
pen-brush that allows drawing of lines & shapes and
blending for shading too.
Seek out information, there is much online, also books and
DVDs. Understand how diverse and fascinating encaustic art
is for so many people. (http://www.encaustic.com)
Keep it simple - just go with the flow!
My Encaustic Art
Well, I haven't done
much, yet, towards this, but I have made a start! This
has mostly been thanks to the kindness of Jinny and Pammie
at the Encaustic
This was my first ever attempt, using a travel iron rather
than the proper encaustic iron. I was actually quite
pleased, though I know it's far from the kind of thing that
can be produced with a little practice.
This was my second attempt, using darker colours and
different techniques - just playing around really! It
does show how
different the results can be according to colours and
This was my third attempt, done at Jenny's behest for her
friend Sonia, who is tempted to have a go at Encaustic Art,
I'm still experimenting, and trying to get the heat
setting just right. The first two, I had the iron too
hot, while the third cooled rather too much! This
shouldn't be an issue with the proper iron, but I'm
immensely grateful to my friends for being given a chance
to get a start much earlier than I expected.
Since the above three I've been busy playing with my waxes
and have come up with the following:
For our 25th (Silver) Wedding Anniversary, I made this
card for Jenny, which incorporates an encaustic piece I did
specially for it: