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Photo Encaustic Techniques

Encaustic and Photography for artists

There are three primary photo encaustic methods used for incorporating photography with encaustic.

  1. Photo Encaustic:  In photo encaustic, photos are printed on paper and then the paper is secured to a substrate creating a paper ground. The artist will work with encaustic on top of the photo.
  2. Photo Transfer: The photo transfer can be a full-size image or it can be a small element added to the composition. The image is digitally reversed before printing. The printed image is burnished onto a smooth wax surface, a process that transfers the ink of the image to the wax. The artist will continue to work with encaustic on top of the transfer.
  3. Photo Collage: In encaustic photo collage an artist will employ a variety of papers and methods to incorporate photographic images with encaustic.

Learn more about photo encaustic techniques with Encaustic in these artist tutorials

Printing Larger images on multiple sheets of paper

How to print a large image onto multiple pages

Larger Photo Encaustic Image Printing Tips Unless you have a large format printer, you may be limiting photo transfers to 8 1⁄2  x 11-inch paper. Here are a couple of easy options to print one image across multiple sheets. Choose the method below that works best for you and then you can piece your image together for a larger photo …

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An easier encaustic photo transfer: the parchment paper method

An Easier Encaustic Photo Transfer: The Parchment Paper Method

You’re going to wonder why you’ve been doing photo transfer the hard way! The parchment paper photo transfer method means less burnishing and there’s no paper to dissolve so less chance of rubbing too hard and ruining your transfer. How to do a Parchment Paper Encaustic Transfer You’ll want to use a toner-based laser printer. Before you begin, prepare your …

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Photo Encaustic Tutorial | Painting photographs with wax

Encaustic Photography Tutorial | Painting Photographs

Painting photographs with encaustic opens up another whole world of possibilities! Photographers can take their art to a new level adding more interest and texture to their pictures. “Photographers are increasingly discovering the potential of combining photography and wax. Given the importance of light in photography, it seems a natural marriage, since wax refracts light in unique ways and can add …

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Choosing and preparing substrates for encaustic art

How to Prepare Substrates for Encaustic … for photo encaustic and more

The topic of substrates and how to prepare them for encaustic art is often confusing for beginners. Choosing a substrate for Encaustic art When choosing a substrate, make sure it is rigid and absorbent—usually a wood panel. Most beginning photo encaustic artists choose any number of manufactured boards, either flat or cradled—it does not matter. Keep in mind that any …

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Encaustic Technique: transferring ink from magazine pages

Hello, I ‘m a creative artist living and working in Middle Tennessee.  Since 2009 I have been working on a series of Encaustic paintings using a unique process of transferring ink from recycled magazine pages onto a thin layer of beeswax. I have a video on Youtube that shows me working and explaining each step, but I’ll give you a quick explanation of how …

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Experimenting with Photographs in Encaustic

Encaustic Photographs | Experimenting with Photos & Hot Wax

Photo Encaustics: Experimenting with Encaustic Photographs After attending an excellent presentation by Danielle Correia at last year’s Encaustic Conference on painting with encaustic on photographs, I have done some experimenting of my own. Five experiments with Encaustic Photographs are outlined in this post. 1. Photograph Dipped in Wax: When I dipped a photo into wax the whole image released from …

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photo transfer

Learn How To Do Encaustic Photo Transfer

I’ve taken five encaustic workshops with Andrea Bird and, in each class, there is always someone who hasn’t learned this technique. Everyone has the same wonderful reaction as the paper comes away from the wax and the ink is left behind. Tips for successful encaustic photo transfer: use images with a high level of contrast ensure the images you’re using …

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