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Hot Off the Palette: Two New Photo Encaustic Pieces

Shady Side

Photography is my first love and I enjoy it immensely, but sometimes it’s fun to expand on photography and take it in new directions.

Recently I’ve been working a lot on combining photographs with encaustic. I’ve been printing photos on Hosho paper and then embedding them in clear encaustic medium. I’ve also printed them on watercolor paper and used acrylic gel medium to adhere them to the board before covering the photos with encaustic medium.

Neither of those processes excites me much.

Summer Glow

Then I tried transferring a color laser print of the photo onto the wax surface and fusing it. Called a “water transfer,” in this process the toner becomes part of the layer of wax. After a couple more thin layers of clear encaustic medium, I enhance the piece with watercolors and oil sticks.

Now that’s a LOT more exciting!

So for the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with photo transfers and encaustic. I’m calling them “photo encaustics” for lack of a better term.

One Thing Leads to Another: How I Discovered Encaustic

Fossil

I recently joined Felicia Touhey for her three-day encaustic painting workshop and now I can say I’m officially in love with encaustic.

My interest in working with encaustic began a couple of months ago when I was in New Bedford, MA, for the first time and came across the Judith Klein Art Gallery. Ms. Klein had a couple of encaustic-over-photo pieces hanging on the wall of her gallery and I liked them very much. (Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the artist.) I’m always looking for interesting new things to do with my photos.

I did some Googling and got a couple of books at the library and decided to give encaustic a try. Luckily, the workshop came along at about the same time.

Which leads me to one of the things I enjoy most about pursuing creative endeavors: I have the chance to see and enjoy other artists’ work, learn from them, and even become friends with them. During the workshop I met sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other photographers. And that’s not even counting all the wonderful people I’ve met online! These kind and talented artists have been completely open to sharing their experiences with a complete beginner like me. I really appreciate their generosity.

The small encaustic piece above started out as a solar print made during a printmaking workshop I did in Australia. I was never all that excited about the print for some reason, but I scanned it and reprinted it on Hosho paper using my inkjet printer. I used it as the basis for this encaustic painting and I like it much better!