Here are some pictures of my new Encaustic Art. Encaustic involves using beeswax, mixed with damar resin(the medium) and then pigment for color. My art here incorporates stamping with encaustic gesso, embedding photos, horsehair, human hair, assorted papers, burnt paper and etching with different objects and filling them with oil paint. Most of these painting have 4-6 layers.
All are painted on 8X8 wood panels, except for the last painting. That is a 12X12 framed painting.
I took a 2 day encaustic painting workshop in town this weekend. I had a blast! I have been playing with beeswax and wondering if I wanted to go the full encaustic route and invest in all the supplies. I am seriously mulling about it. Here are 2 works I made this weekend. The first one is 8X10 and the second is 8X8. The layering and nuances you can get with this meduim, not to mention the luminosity, is wonderful.
The tag challenge over at Louise's Kard Krazy blog is to use Friends as a theme.
Louise used a dog, which set me going too, since we have been giving ALOT of thought to getting another dog, which would be #2!
Here is my entry:
I used 2 blue and 1 orange distress ink on the tag. I stamped a few flowers in black and brown. I stamped the My Faithful Friend stamp by Magenta on a yellow colored scrapbook paper and ripped around the edges and added brown ink to the edges. I colored the stamp in a bit with inks. I restamped it on a piece of my handpainted paper and just cut our the postmark and glued over the original stamp. I added some ribbons to the back of the image. I stamped the dog stamp by Artistic Outpost on a piece of square chipboard that I had gessoed I added some inks, the rhinestone on the collar and outlined in gold. I attached some ribbons on the back of the chipboard and glued to the tag. I dotted some gold paint in the middle of the 2 top flowers.
This week's Challenge over at Louise's Blog is to design a tag on a tag. Here is my entry:
I folded over the top of the tag and put gesso on the whole card. Took pink and red ink and stamped with bubble wrap. Under the flower I used red ink on a piece of cardboard. I punched the bottom of the tag and outlined in gold krylon pen. The mini tag has a piece of my hand painted paper on it. I stamped love on it and outlined in gold. There is a white piece of mulberry paper under the mini tag, can't really see it. I added several tissue paper flowers and the brad. Simple and sweet.
Louise's Tag Challenge for this week is to make a Valentine Tag!
I stamped part of a Magenta tag on dressmaking paper, ripped it and glued it to a wooden heart that had been sprayed with glimmer mists. I added some papers to it and bordered it with Krylon Gold pen. I cut out a bigger heart, covered it with paper, stamped stars on it, embossed the flourish in gold and glued on a piece of paper. I made an arrow out of the inside of a Starbucks sleeve, glued it to the heart and glued the wooden heart over it. Punched a hole in the top and added ribbons.
I did give a little groan when I saw the challenge topic this week at Louise's Tag Challenge! Even though I live in a snowy ski town, I just couldn't bear to do anything with snowmen, snowflakes etc. I have put all my Christmas stuff away, and was not going to go down in the garage to dig some of it out. So I decided to create something with birds and evergreens, a bit cheerier for me and hopeful. Here it is:
I stamped an evergreen stamp by Delta in 2 different color greens on the tag. I took a small piece of small bubble wrap, dipped it in gesso, whipped it off, and stamped it on to look like snow. I stamped the bird from Invoke on blue scrapbook paper, cut out, colored in, added gold and bronze paint and glued on. Cut out a bird from an Oxford Impressions sheet and glued it on. I stamped the music stanza in sepia. It is from the same Invoke set with birds. Brushed sepia ink on the edges and more gesso. Stuck 3 feathers through the hole and taped in back. Winter in Park City!
This week at Louise's Tag Challenge is the use of fabric on your tag. I wish she would do this theme for a few weeks running! I had a ton of fun making it. It is very vibrant and interesting in person.
I completely covered a tag with a piece of tea dyed muslin. I painted a whole bunch of deli papers last week, and kept the strips of paper I cut from them when I was trimming them down. So I glued 5 different pieces across the tag. I stamped a French Script stamp from Paperbag Studios. I stamped Torso Collage, a stamp from Acey Deucy on polka dotted vellum. I outlined it in copper Krylon pen and cut it into 3 pieces. I glued a piece of tea dyed lace on the bottom and "fringed" it. I glued the stamp pieces down and added 3 black beads on the bottom. The flower is punched from 3 of the painted papers, with a tissue paper flower on top and a hook.
Enjoy and thank you for your comments. They are all appreciated.
I had alot of fun making this tag for this weeks challenge at Louise's Blog. I took a square punch and punched out a bunch of different green papers. I glued them on the paper, cutting when necessary and filling in a spot, but leaving space between them like a true mosaic. For the "grout" I used a gold Polymark paint. I stamped Happiness on mulberry paper, ripped, distressed and glued to tag. I cut out the bird and glued on also. Raffia on the bottom, tissue paper and cork Prima flowers layered on top and 3 black beads on the side!! We have more than our share of snow here, so I think this was my Ode to Spring!