Creating texture in Encaustic art
Some of my encaustic paintings this past year are very textured. I’ve been playing with building up layer upon layer of encaustic medium using a drybrush accretion technique.
Encaustic Tools used for building up texture
The key to this technique is a very dry brush and fusing gently. I find that the embossing heat tool is essential.
Here’s a description of drybrush accretion process
- begin with a base of a few layers of encaustic medium that have been fused (with the blow torch)
- with a fork or other sharp tool, gouge some lines into the surface of the wax
- take a brush that has been dipped in medium, drag the brush along the edge of the tin of melted medium to remove excess medium. The brush needs to be very dry.
- brush the thin amount of medium onto the painting
- fuse gently with a low-temperature embossing heat gun. Be careful not to liquefy the medium. Fuse lightly, the encaustic wax will glisten and that is enough.
- repeat steps 3 to 5 over and over again as you build up layers of texture.
“Pebbly Beach” I ironed the raised texture flat at the end. “Memory Beneath (a growing drift)”, and “Nest” aren’t ironed.
Give it a try and leave me a comment to let me know how it goes.
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