Sunday, September 26, 2010

Waxing Poetic

I made it into the studio and was able to play with my encaustics! I did manage to work on two pieces. The top piece is called "Waxing Poetic". It is 5" x 5" x 2" on cradled panel. This is totally inspired by my favorite encaustic artist, Daniella Woolf. I just received her recent book and DVD called Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility. And I highly recommend BOTH if you are into encaustics. I show the cover of the DVD at the bottom of this post and will talk a little about both in a minute.

The top piece was modeled after some of  Daniella's work. She has some phenomenal pieces where she does this exact thing. These are journal pages that have been run through the shredder. Then they are laid onto the wax and adhered with the encaustic medium. The middle strip is tissue paper with writing on it and then silk organza overlaid on top. Both are covered with a layer of encaustic medium.

The brown spots that you barely see are on the very bottom layer. Those are burn spots. I used my torch to just burn different spots randomly. I love that look. That was another of Daniella's ideas.

This next piece I call "Billboard". It is 8" x 8" x 2" on cradled panel. I love the look of old billboards that have layers and layers of paper on them. I tried to get that feel in this piece. This is many layers of encaustic paint and collage. I had some journal strips left over from the first piece and decided to use those as a border around a fabric piece of symbols I had picked up in a thrift store a while back.

Here is the cover of Daniella's DVD. The book has a different cover. These are two different items. The book is actually a wonderful collection of different encaustic artists' work and a little about each artist and their technique. It is filled with beautiful inspiration and gorgeous photographs. The DVD is full of Daniella's work and instruction on how she achieves her results. Both are totally worth the time and money. She is awesome to watch and her work is amazing. It's like sitting down and visiting with a good friend. You actually get to see her go through the steps of the techniques. I loved it!

Now that I've reacquainted myself with the hotplate and have a supply of new wax paints I am ready to start more paintings this week. The weather is cooperating: no more unbearable hot studio! So stay tuned for more wax!


Lori Saul said...

You are a busy bee on both of your blogs and in the studio! My art room is over 95 degrees today (Indian summer heat here). So I'm getting caught up on posts. Love these pieces -your work with encaustic is very exciting. You have a unique style and technique that not many people are doing yet- love the creativity!

Jackie said...

You have another Blog ?? I don't want to miss anything ;)
I love both of these pieces very much but the top is my very fav. I love the idea of the words mixed with encaustic. I cannot wait to see more.

William said...

It sure beats waxing your legs!

These are fantastic. Something else I need to learn when I get brave enough.

Junibears said...

Fantastic work! Love your pieces. I've only seen encaustic art making landscape pictures on TV.
Looks fascinating.
Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

Cool!!! I so want to learn how to do this!!!! You inspire me...I have so many ideas for these paintings/Encaustic.