Posted by: onawhimsey | October 6, 2008

Trying something new

Today instead of creating an encaustic painting using the usual encaustic card as a support I decided it was time to play!

I did purchase some canvasses the other day.  These were 10 x 8″ and had been primed with gesso and were acid free.

To begin with I melted some clear candle wax over it to help me add colours later.  Next, whilst taking my trusty little iron I managed to melt some block pigmented wax on top of the clear wax.  Instead of just leaving the blobs of colour on the canvas I switched on my hairdryer, waited until it had the correct heat on it (i.e. it was hot!) and proceeded to heat up the wax so that it melted and merged.  It really is fascinating to watch the movement of the colours as they merge and then go off at their own tangent only to merge again in a different colour.

Having added various colours I completed the painting using a scraper to scratch some strokes that would give a vision of grasses in the foreground.Turbulence better

Standing back, I looked into the painting to see turbulence being whipped up, a curtain of rain looked as if it would appear imminently or could this be a painting of the sea being whipped up in a storm showing the grasses and seaweed being thrown about?

That’s what I love about this style of encaustics – it is up to the viewer to really decide what they see.  I can suggest an image but ultimately, it is up to you!

Tell me what you think about this style where I have used the canvas.  I think it gives a more muted, softer look. What do you think?



  1. I like it, but then I really like the hard edges, too, like those in your banner. It adds a good contrast on this example, to have the sharp shapes against the softer background.

  2. it almost has an airbrushed look to it…and you really mixed beautiful colors! experimenting is sooo fun!

  3. they are quite amazing

  4. Really beautiful work!

  5. At first I thought it was an underwater scene. Love the blue tones. very nice.

  6. Wow!! This is beautiful.

  7. […] Tuberlance is one of Pat’s recent pieces using this technique. […]

  8. Very pretty…always admire this art form. Such patience I do not have, lol! :0)

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