Encaustic Fusing Tools

Hot wax painting using an encaustic art stylus

Hot wax painting: Encaustic Art Stylus

There are many different tools used in hot wax encaustic painting. Of all my heat tools, I find I use my small encaustic irons and encaustic art stylus tools, the most. Encaustic as an art form covers many different styles and techniques of painting and the tools used vary widely. Heat tools work well in combination with each other. I find that the hot plate, encaustic heat gun, irons and stylus each serve different purposes in creating a piece of artwork. The wax I use is a ready-to-use encaustic medium supplied by Michael Bossom here in the ...
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The encaustic iron and edges with Andrea Bird

The Encaustic Iron & Edges

The edges of encaustic paintings/panels can be treated in a variety of ways. Some artists mask the edges, and then remove the tape and paint them in acrylic. It is also possible to cover the edges with encaustic medium. The Encaustic art iron, in combination with the blow torch, is a great tool for this. Recently, I created a large body of work on panels that were 2" deep, and I wanted the edges to read as 'wood'…. no colour added to the encaustic medium. I used the yellow, natural medium, (the colour of honey), fusing the ...
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Lorraine Glessner Branding with heat and fire

Branding with Heat and Fire with Lorraine Glessner

It has been a week since I was at the 5th International Encaustic Conference. Last Sunday (June 5th) I attended Lorraine Glessner's demo on Branding with Heat and Fire. Lorraine's demo was about burning paper and wood as collage elements or as underpaintings for encaustic work. If you are attempting these techniques yourself, make sure that you have a working fire extinguisher close at hand and take proper safety precautions so that you don't burn yourself. Lorraine demonstrated burning techniques on paper, but all of these techniques can work equally well with fabric. The paper or fabric ...
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Encaustic Fusing Tools

Choosing the right encaustic fusing tools

When painting with encaustic, one needs to fuse the first layer of wax to the substrate and then each subsequent layer needs to be fused to the layer below. The artist will fuse the layers of wax with either a heat gun, an encaustic iron and/or a blow torch. Sometimes I use all three on the same layer, depending on the texture and surface I'm going for. Encaustic Fusing Tools: https://www.youtube.com/embed/gclzZs8V1kY The Blow Torch The Blow Torch is such a great fusing tool for encaustic because it is fast. The head I like is the BernzOmatic TS ...
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Using Heat Guns with Encaustic 101

Heat Guns with Encaustic 101

It's funny how, once we have seemingly mastered the basics about working in Encaustic, we forget how challenging they were to learn. I'm speaking specifically of the use of the heat gun. You experts out there may be smirking to yourselves, knowing, as I do, that 'mastering' a tool/device is an occasionally ephemeral glory, sometimes dematerializing before our very eyes, putting into question our own supposed abilities as artists!! The use of the heat gun can be a fickle, sometimes frustrating, sometimes fantastic thing to grow accustomed to. At my Encaustic workshops, I always introduce its use ...
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Ironing over drips and drops encaustic technique with Andrea Birt

Ironing over drips & drops | Encaustic Technique

Waxing On:  My favorite encaustic iron technique Encaustic, by its nature, pulls us–as artists, into new territory. This is one of the aspects of it that I love. There is a sense that the medium is always at least one step ahead of us, gesturing playfully to “Check this out!” or “What would happen if…?” At the beginning of my exploration with encaustic, I was not surprised by this, as with any new medium, the possibilities feel endless. Now, ten years later, I marvel that I’m still being pulled into trying new things. Now I am just ...
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