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Encaustic Wet shellac burn demo | Encaustic paint and shellac technique

Shellac gives different patterned effects depending on the amount of time it is allowed to dry. Wet shellac ignites and burns. Before trying a wet shellac burn with encaustic please read the safety precautions for using shellac with encaustic.


The video below demos a wet shellac burn I did. Here I demonstrate for you a step-by-step process for doing a wet shellac burn on an encaustic painting.

How to do a shellac burn on encaustic

  1. I started with raw pine board (it was cheaper than birch)
  2. Primed the board with encaustic gesso
  3. Drawing on the primed board
  4. First coat of clear encaustic medium over the drawing and around the figure
  5. Finished painting (fused and scraped)
  6. Now head outside
  7. Clear Shellac (stir it up)
  8. Pearl Ex powdered pigments (I used silver and blue)
  9. combine Shellac and Pearl Ex powder in little plastic cups
  10. Have a fire extinguisher handy
  11. apply to painting with a foam brush
  12. light and stand back

The effect is subtle but exactly what I was looking for.

Video: Wet shellac burn on encaustic demo

Have you tried burning shellac on an encaustic painting?

I would love to hear about your experience with shellac and encaustic, please add a comment below.

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