That's exactly what I did, I had a friend who took a class show me what she had learned. Ask around at the Art supply stores and nearby collage. Also check your library to see if they have any video's on encaustic. I found one here at my library. Another idea is to go on the R&F website and look for how to video's. Best of luck!
Hi dear!Just back from my holidays i wanted to let you konw that all is well at this end!Thanks again for all your nice comments and hopefully you will start painting again soon!!!!Have a great day over in OZ!
Hi dear!Thanks for all the support you give me and i want to reply in person first!i do apply paint first without any plans or idea,just blotches of paint which i spread around with my pelletknife till i have filled up the space.Normally i do work on two sheets as i hate to waste any paint and while one dries,i work on the other one.Sometimes i do print the surplus paint on the second sheet,sometimes i add extra layers on top off the other with some stencils,stamps,dots,strockes but mainly with the knife and fingers,not at all with a brush.I do look for an idea during this process and normally i do see a shape .A layer of gesso all over is the next step where i try to find a form by scratching back with a pelletknife,wiping clear with babywipes before i outline the shape with a marker or pencils,reapply acrylic paint to unify if necessary,and once the gesso is dry,i work on the background with paint and my indexfinger and do cut into this layer with a sharp item or knife for the symbols.At the very end i do add the last layer of oil pastels on certain areas on top to give it a profound colour and some more structure,sprayvarnish to seal it!Voilà,hope it helps,the main idea is to not have a plan to be free and spontanious,otherwise i do block myself and in that case a good layer of gesso is the best remedy and often i do discover something new when i'm angry and start to scratch back right away as i need to finish a painting every night!Funny enough 99% it works out fine and i'm always keen on getting up in the morning to see the result in daylight which is very different from the night before!Maybe accepting your work as it is and not wanting to achieve perfection without pressure is the secret but i don't know really...I never had so much fun creating ...
thank you so much for your kind comment Bronwyn :).. well in fact, for this type of painting I don't plan anything.. I m just playing for colours and the forms as soon as I can see something appearing.. that's the reason why I turn my canvas several times.. of course sometimes I have a sketch .. it depends :).. if you want I will do another video with a sketch before.. but well I think you already know it because of your mother.. :)
Hi, Coming from Darwin, you know exactly what the extremes are like in the Aussie Tropics, this is why I am selling my encaustic stuff. I love doing it, I love the 'have no idea what's going to happen' and am always surprised at the result. It's probably my second most fun art, But I am just wasting this media, it should go to a good home who will love it and create with it. Freight to you in Toowoomba is about $30.
Hello Bronwyn, thanks for the comments, I appreciate them! I do work as a graphic designer, nice catch :) Although I'm still experiencing, I like my collages to "breath" and the white does that pretty well. That's also the kind of approach I use in my design work.
Well, hang in there. You'll be all moved in and settled in no time. Sounds like things are going in the right direction though. You can always spend what little little free time you have filling up some sketchbooks between now and February if you need to have a creative outlet.
thank you for your kind comment on my last painting :).. for this one I was thinking of all the dolls and bears we loved when we were young and that some of us (too much I mean) forgot when we grow up.. do you see what I mean ??
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).
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