I use the grasses themselves. I love working with natural materials it helps me connect with the essence of a particular place. I dry them and seal them and then paint. I have a very playful experimental approach. I find the best things…"
Just a little welcome to all our new members of Encaustic art group and a re-hello to old members.
How are you all going with your encaustic journey.Let em know what is going on with your work. I am happy to answer any questions on waxing or to debate anything with you.
If you have found any encaustic artists that you would like to share with us all that would also be fab.
I am really keen to see members work and really get this group going a bit more. Tell me what you want to see in here. Or any new ideas that would be good for our group, which is now topping 127 members.
Hoo Roo(aussie goodbye)
Hiya Paulien - I am trying to contact you in regards to your interest in the next Art Therapy Group. I have sent out a group email to all interested parties however I don't as yet have you on my contact list. Please let me know if you are still interested so I can save a place for you - other wise I can offer it to someone else.
Your art work is lovely btw!
looking forward to hearing from you till then
Pauline on the subject of damar crystals. I now melt the wax first then I add the crystals which I crush up first with the aid of an old rolling pin. This works so much better than adding them at the start. I also put my wax in the freezer for a little while before I want to use it this helps when i want to break it up to melt. As long as you use the 2 parts crystals to 8 parts wax then you can be sure the mix is okay.
So once i have my image printed onto transparency film, I take my Ezscreen silk screen which has been coated in light sensitive emulsion (These sheets come pre-coated so they are ready to use). Place it onto a black board, then place the transparency image on top (this part needs to be done in a dark room with no direct sunlight). I take it outside and expose it for 1 minute and 40 seconds (but time varies depending on time of day and strength of sunlight). After i have exposed the image i place it into a tub of water for around 5 - 8 minutes. Then i rinse the screen out under fast running water until the unexposed area (the black) washes away. I then expose the screen to the sun for a further 20mins to completely harden the light sensitive emulsion.
And this is the completed screen ready for printing. I simply use an old credit card to spread the ink over the screen making sure i do one complete full stroke across the screen (holding the credit card at a 45 degree angle). I immediately wash the screen out under fast flowing water and pat dry. I use fabric screen printing ink which washes out in water (which makes the process easy).
I love this product, their website is http://ezscreenprint.com/ (for full instructions and details on how to purchase this awesome product).