Today I found out how to make my own encaustic blocks, using oil paints and wax medium for five colours and dry pigment for the other five. I melted the wax, poured it into the small muffin mould, then mixing in the colour pigment or oil paint. When the wax is cooled and set, I put it in the freezer for 20min. After that the blocks can be removed.
Today I spent most of the day getting acquainted with my drop saw and new belt sander. I have added some more to my encaustic collection. There are several pieces drying in the workshop and plenty more to glue.
Here are two examples of the encaustic paintings I intend to produce in the new year. They are approximately 6"x 4" or 105 x 148.5 mm on a panel ready to hang. These particular ones are painted on encaustic painting card then glued on MDF panels but in future they will be on plywood panels.
No two paintings are ever the same, I can use the same colours but the paintings are all unique. They come ready to hang and are a one of. They have a lovely sheen to them and can be gently buffed with a soft cloth to bring them back to their original state. (Note -I said gently.) I am taking orders, just send me a message and we can make arrangements. They are very reasonably priced at $37.00 each plus postage to be paid upfront.
As with all artwork, it is recommended that these are not hung in direct hot sunlight or above a hot fireplace as the wax may soften but the temperature would have to get to about 70 -80c for them to melt and -7c to crack from the cold. If well cared for the encaustic paintings should last for centuries to come.
My dog Muttly caught a snake this week so this is a painting I did of her on the iPad using the My Brushes Pro app.
Zilpa van der Gragt.