Happy New Year! Encaustic Scrolls with Calendar pages

With the turn of a new year, like many others, I take time to reflect on the year that has past and to set goals and to dream for the year ahead.

Reflecting on the Past Year

This year, instead of sitting down to write out my reflections on 2017, I painted.

2017 Encaustic Scrolls by Ruth Maude 6.5" x 7.5"

Encaustic Paper Scrolls

Here is the exact process I followed to make encaustic scrolls and adhere them to a board.

  1. I began with the pages of our 2017 fridge calendar and worked one month at a time.
  2. I spritzed some of the pages with walnut ink
  3. I coated the paper with encaustic medium – you can brush on the medium or dip the paper into a tin of molten wax medium.
  4. I then ironed the paper. I suggest working on top of parchment paper to facilitate clean up. The wax made the calendar papers really beautiful, I have saved some of the scraps to use in other works.
  5. I rolled each month up into a scroll, lightly fusing with an embossing heat gun as I went.
  6. I collaged scraps from different months onto the board.
  7. I wasn’t sure if medium alone would hold the scrolls in place so I posted the question in the encaustic critique Facebook group. I followed the advice of Joyce Watts Coolidge and drilled holes and tied the scrolls on. I liked the idea that the months were all tied together.
  8. I further fused the scrolls, twine and the panel

This little painting is filled with a lot of powerful feelings. This process was a good way to reflect on the past year, to wrap it up and make peace with it, to clear the way as I start a new year.


About Ruth Maude

I enjoy experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools. Everything I learn pushes my creative journey in new directions. I share what I've learned with other artists through my blog All Things Encaustic and encaustic workshops in Ontario.

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4 thoughts on “Happy New Year! Encaustic Scrolls with Calendar pages

  1. Are you able to show me what the calendar page looked like before you started waxing and rolling? I am interested if they have any graphics on them, or are they just the standard numbers in boxes.. hope this makes sense!

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