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How To Do An Encaustic Pour For Outstanding Results

In the last post, I talked about the best way to paint a smooth encaustic surface. In this post, I’ll introduce you to an alternative way to achieve a glossy smooth encaustic painting surface—the pour method. This method works exceptionally well for photo encaustic.


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  1. Create a lip or dam around the sides of your panel with tape. Burnish the tape with your fingers all the way around to ensure a tight seal.
  2. Ensure that your work surface and panel are perfectly level. This is a very important step! Use shims as necessary.
  3. Protect your work surface with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper
  4. Heat up sufficient encaustic medium to cover your entire panel.
  5. Preheat your substrate using a heat gun, not a torch. Remember that painter’s tape and parchment paper are both flammable.
  6. Pour the molten encaustic medium onto the panel evenly covering the entire painting surface right to the corners
  7. Step away. Don’t move it or even bump the table until it has completely cooled
  8. When your poured wax is completely cooled, remove the tape and scrape the edges as needed with a clay loop tool

You now have a beautifully smooth encaustic surface.

An Encaustic Pour Demo

Here is an excellent demo video from R&F Paints. I’m more than a little envious of this clean and spacious studio!

Give it a try!

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.

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