This encaustic painting is on a A5 encaustic card done with the back edge of the iron.
This was a fun experiment. I have added texture in the background, but I think my next one might go on a smooth background.
For this painting I am using a writing nib with my stylus. I have inserted it in front of my brush nib so that the brush is feeding the hot wax onto the nib allowing me to draw fine detailed lines.
This is done on a small plywood frame. I am mixing the colours as I go on the wood.
For this experiment I used plain black paper with a couple of layers of encaustic medium before adding colour using only the iron.
I am very pleased that my wax arrived today, so I have spent the whole afternoon melting wax and grinding damar crystals. I started off trying to grate the wax block, but found it too painful so now i have the block slowly melting in a slow cooker. I just hope it melts before bed time or next time I will be starting all over again. I am thinking an electric frying pan will probably work better, but I will see. I have made 2 muffin sized blocks and will make coloured blocks as I need them. I have four more one kilo blocks which should keep me going a while and am also waiting to hear from a local supplier.
Zilpa van der Gragt.