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Reviewing and Comparing Encaustic Irons

Comparing Irons for Encaustic Painting

Snowboard Iron beside an Encaustic Art Iron The iron is a valuable fusing tool for encaustic painting. The iron is the tool of choice to get a smooth flat wax surface and it works well for fusing over stencils. I'm not talking here about a regular household steam iron, for encaustic painting choose an iron without holes. In this post, I'll compare the Encaustic Art Iron and a Ski/Snowboard Iron. Additional Iron choices include a Sealing Iron a Travel Iron - adjustable for local voltage. Make sure to get one without steam holesMini Craft IronsAirplane hobby irons ...
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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 transfer. The PDF Way Convert your image into a PDF file. Open Adobe Reader (the free program)Click File → Create → PDF from FileSearch for your image and click OpenSelect File → Print and choose the poster ...
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Andrea Bird Conversation This is Love

Artist Conversation with Andrea Bird

This artist conversation features encaustic painter, mixed-media artist and instructor Andrea Bird. Photo of Andrea Bird by Andreea Muscurel A personal note…It was Andrea Bird who first introduced me to encaustic painting. I have taken many workshops with her from 2005 – 2018. Much of what I share on the All Things Encaustic Blog, I first learned from Andrea. By way of introduction…Andrea and her artist husband Daniel Beirne established The Hive encaustic studio, at the Alton Mill in Caledon, Ontario where they ran workshops and displayed encaustic art. They also started Waxworks Encaustic Supplies to sell ...
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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. Put the parchment paper image-side down on the smooth encaustic surface. Rub with a spoon. The ink will transfer from the paper to the wax surface. Before you begin, prepare your image. Use an image editing program to flip the image so ...
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Castor Wax vs Damar Resin

Comparing Castor Wax & Damar Resin in Encaustic Medium

Damar resin has long been the hardener of choice to combine with beeswax in encaustic medium recipes. Because of its high melting point, it aids in making a more robust painting than pure beeswax and allows for vigorous buffing over a curing period to bring the work to a shine. A downside can be that due to its organic nature, damar has been known to yellow over time. This may happen in varying degrees over months, years or decades, though artists who combine pigments with their medium will typically never notice this. For those who rely on ...
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How to reclaim wax-covered boards

How to Reclaim Wax-covered Boards

I had an interesting chat with a group of encaustic painters last month about reusing boards. Being stuck at home and having to rely on delivery for our art supplies, we are getting better at reusing what we already have in our studios rather than always buying new. If you're like me, you have a stack of boards in your studio---some are old paintings, others were experiments or demo boards in a workshop. You can rework an encaustic painting—adding new layers on top—but sometimes you just want to start over from scratch. If you have a wood ...
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Bee Colony Collaboration | Artist Conversation with Ava Roth

Bee Colony Collaboration | Artist Conversation with Ava Roth

This artist conversation features encaustic painter, embroiderer, and mixed-media artist, Ava Roth. I'm happy to chat with Ava about her work and introduce her to all of you. I think it is safe to say that all encaustic painters have a deep respect for bees. I'm sure that you'll be as excited as I was to learn about Ava Roth's incredible Bee Colony Collaboration project. View Ava's Website | Follow Ava on Instagram My Conversation with Artist Ava Roth Welcome, Ava! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us about your artistic inspiration and ...
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