Never Too Hot for Encaustic Inspiration

I really thought this was going tobe the summer of encaustic art. I imagined myself out on the porch with my electric fry pan, wood boards, encaustic medium, papers, and fabric, whiling away the day creating encaustic collage.

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Encaustic art by 'the rusty artichoke.'

Instead, it's been the encaustic summerhot as blazes and mostly muggy to boot. The weather was so uncomfortable, I didn't open the windows much, so working inside hasn't been a good option, either.

Thus, my encaustic supplies have been gathering dust, waiting for the cooler fall air. I, on the other hand, have been gathering ideas on encaustic art approaches from other artists.

The gallery on the Cloth Paper Scissors community offers a wealth of inspiration. Here are three pieces of encaustic collage, in particular, that intrigue me.

'Exhibit No. 1', 9" x 9", by "the rusty artichoke"

"This is a piece of encaustic art that began with a sheet of watercolor paper immersed in encaustic medium. A repurposed remote control cover was painted with stainless steel paint, then tinted black to add a patina/weathered look.

"Then came my signature technique of 'riveting' paper and other organic materials through the holes. In this case, I used vintage book pages, and some electrically bright green moss found while camping this summer. After riveting these all in place, a few drops of encaustic medium were used to make them entirely secure.

"Then the entire remote was settled into a puddle of warm encaustic wax medium and left to cool before ensuring its stability with some yellow thread. 'Exhibit No.1' was handwritten on antique book pages and adhered with encaustic medium.

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Encaustic collage by Tiffany Teske.

"The last touch was my little insect, hand-drawn on tissue paper and then adhered with some more encaustic medium. I love how the beeswax just makes everything so transparent!"

'My Skin', 6" x 6", by Tiffany Teske

"'My Skin' is an encaustic collage. I started by writing my thoughts onto carbon paper with tissue beneath. I then added the tissue to my substrate using wax. Next, I transferred a color copy of a Polaroid emulsion lift self-portrait I made onto my encaustic surface.

"I added the words, 'I feel comfortable in my own skin' to the wax surface by writing with a stylus onto carbon paper. I added a wire and gemstone bead nest I made, a feather I found while out exploring with my daughter, and a distressed ribbon in my favorite color, dipped in wax.

"The nest represents the home I have created, the feather my need to travel and discover, and the cheerfully colored ribbon ties these things together, bound by the wax, as they are entwined in me."


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Encaustic art by Darlene Schaper.

Infanta Sisters Ode to Velazquez', 12" x 24", by Darlene Schaper

"Encaustic means 'burned in' and that is just how this painting was created. I use beeswax that I melt on a hot plate to collage the vintage and found fabrics.

"I dip vintage doll dresses in beeswax and attach them to my canvas. This preserves them as this ancient method does. The ancient Egyptians used it to paint the likeness of the diseased on their sarcophagus, which were found many centuries later in beautiful condition."

With inspiration like these encaustic works and my favorite encaustic how-to book and DVD, The Encaustic Studio by Daniella Woolf, I plan to make a lot of encaustic art this fall.

I promise to show it to you!

P.S. Do you change your art by the season? Tell me about it in the comments section below!


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