I started with a clear layer of encaustic medium fused onto the frame with a heat gun. in the next step I brushed on several coloured blobs, then fusing and spreading the colour with the heat gun. I used a carving tool to scratch in a coil pattern in which I then rubbed in some crimson oil paint rubbing off the excess so that only the scratching was crimson, using a bit of coconut oil to remove any unwanted oil paint. I then covered the whole painting with clear medium and again fusing that to the previous layer locking in the oil paint. I then used a dry brush method to paint some yellow texture in which I rubbed in some burnt umber oil paint, removing the excess as in previous step, also once again sealing in the oil paint with a layer of clear medium. I drew 2little flowers and a little fish on rice paper with coloured pencils. Once torn out I fused the top layer and placed the 3shapes onto the hot wax upside down. I then covere them once again with clear medium and fused it which turns the paper transparent leaving only the drawing visible. The last step was to buff the painting to its final sheen.
I have gone to 16" x 20" in this one. Using a heated pallet, brushes, iron and nib. There are many layers in this piece and with a buff at the end to bring out the shine of the wax. This was painted straight on the backboard of the frame. There is no need for glass as the wax protects itself. All that is need is a gentle buff with a soft cloth now and then to bring it back to it's original glory.
Zilpa van der Gragt.