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The posts in this category cover a wide variety of Encaustic Techniques. Encaustic is a very versatile medium. There are seemingly endless possibilities for creating art. Check back often to learn more techniques and tips for encaustic wax painting.

Yes, you can use Chalk Paint in place of Encaustic Gesso

Yes, you can use Chalk Paint in place of Encaustic Gesso

Chalk & Milk Paint as a stable underpainting for encaustic art So many of us are familiar with acrylic-based mixed media art. YouTube videos have walked us through thousands of projects and techniques which tend to use acrylic based glues and mediums to achieve fantastic results. That was the case with me and my familiar ground. I painted in and taught acrylic-based mixed media art for years. It’s all I knew and loved. In walks encaustic… be still my beating heart, a new love! I learned early on that acrylics and encaustic wax are akin to oil ...
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as a Foundation for Encaustic Painting

Mixed Media Collage as a Foundation for Encaustic Painting

Facing a Blank Canvas As a self-taught mixed media artist, I often reflect back on my earlier works to analyze the approach and results. It helps me to understand my own methodologies and common practice. I think back to some of my very first mixed media classes and remember being in that place of ultimate confusion when it came time to start a painting. What to paint? How to paint it? It all seemed like the weight of the world was resting on my shoulders and I had three hours to prove myself! Building up and excavating ...
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Tips for using stencils in encaustic painting

Using Stencils in Encaustic Painting

Sourcing Stencils for Encaustic Painting When using stencils in encaustic art it is important to create or purchase stencils that work well with heat. If you don't use a heat-resistant stencil, your stencil will melt! Artist Lynda Ray sells heat tolerant silicone encaustic stencils from her Etsy shop. Her fabulous stencils are designed specifically for encaustic painting. Silicone is ideal for partnering with wax! If you're looking to purchase pre-cut stencils, StencilGirl stencils are made of heat-resistant mylar so they work well with hot wax. You can also cut your own stencils for encaustic from heat-resistant mylar or from cardstock paper ...
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Encaustic ribbons | Strips of wax tutorial

Encaustic Ribbons | 3-D Strips of Wax

A few people have asked me about a technique that I've been using this year. I call it Encaustic Ribbons. I'm sure other encaustic artists have done the same thing before but I hadn't seen it done anywhere. I stumbled upon this encaustic ribbon technique quite by accident. I took a painting that I wasn't in love with, warmed it up and with a warm paint scraper started to scrape off the wax. The wax came off in luscious smooth wax strips. Strips that were too pretty not to keep—so I saved them and started adding them ...
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Venetian Plaster an alternative to encaustic gesso

Venetian Plaster an Alternative to Encaustic Gesso

Last month Georgia Ferrell shared a post about her experiments with Venetian Plaster on Jute and Burlap for encaustic surfaces. In this post, Dianne Jean Erickson demonstrates how to use Venetian Plaster as an alternative to Encaustic Gesso when preparing a panel substrate ...
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Encaustic Collage | rules and techniques for encaustic mixed media / assemblage

Encaustic and Collage / Mixed Media / Assemblage

Encaustic is an ideal medium for assemblage, mixed media, collage painting. Encaustic wax can both preserve and adhere collage elements to artwork. 5 Rules for Encaustic Collage / Mixed Media / Assemblage Here are five guidelines for adding collage elements to an encaustic painting: Ensure that your ground is rigid and absorbent. Encaustic painting on acrylic primed stretched canvas is wrong---don't do it! Wood or any absorbent panel is ideal. Depending on the work, you may wish to reinforce the support before you begin (particularly important for assemblage or encaustic sculptures). Wax can encapsulate collage materials and that will ...
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3-D Techniques for Encaustic Sculpture

3D Encaustic Sculpture Techniques | Dare to move off the panel!

The Versatility of Encaustic After painting realistically for 30 years and doing sculpture for ten years, I began working with encaustic. Like many others working with this medium, I was attracted to its translucency, luscious sheen and tactility. But I probably most appreciate the versatility of the medium, as one can use painting, collage, printmaking and sculptural techniques with it. Three-dimensional encaustic sculptures can be formed using encaustic medium with wire, wire mesh, bamboo, plaster gauze, paper, natural fibers and more. Encaustic Sculpture 3-Dimensional Exploration I took a 3-D Encaustic workshop at Truro Center for the Arts ...
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