Encaustic Wax Journal

May 26, 2009

Mixed Media Painting

If you haven’t figured it out by now…I’m not someone who sticks to just one method of artistic expression. I love to learn new techniques & end up dabbling in them all. So far, that includes stamping, papercrafting, polymer clay, sewing, metal embossing, silversmithing, painting, writing/performing music, graphic design, and the latest….encaustic wax.

I recently joined the TexasWAX Dallas guild and am experimenting in encaustic wax art. (Encaustic is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin and is an art form that has been around for centuries.)

The first piece I made was this journal:

Encaustic Wax journal

I adhered watercolor paper to the front of two masonite boards, then painted melted wax onto the cover in gold, brown, red, & white hues. I embedded the hand-stamped “journal” piece into the wax and hand-carved the branch and bird images.

Encaustic Wax journal

The text on the back panel came from a vintage book, and I inserted around 25 hand-stamped art papers inside using the book rings.

Next, I’ll be working on some 12×12 art pieces for an upcoming gallery show. I’ll be sure to post those when they are complete. TFL!

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