Elements of Design – Line

Step 1: First I developed a group of small studies that focused on lines. Then took those studies as a starting point and planed the steps for each of the final encaustic artworks. To get a sense of space I planned the background, middle ground and foreground. I also used a variety of mark making tools such as graphite, sponges, scraping tools, brushes, etc.

 Drawing Examples using Only Line.

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Scanned the image onto the computer and imported the picture into Photoshop. I went over the lines with the pencil tool and printed it out.

 

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Step 2: The small images were used as a starting point for my 12” X 12” encaustic works. I like working in a collage format (Maybe it is because of my connection to quilting and fitting pieces together is a collaged process.) so first I prepared the colored background in different colored wax medium, cut out the fabric lines and placed them on the waxed panel and built up the layers one by one. This process was repeated until the end. In between each waxing, I used my encaustic iron and heat gun to smooth the surfaces.

 Line Study # 1

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Line Study # 2 Second Version

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I thought this was a bit plain so I added another direction of lines onto this surface and ended up with the following:

Maybe I should have stopped at the first one.  I tend to get decorative with my work.  

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Author: Anna

I am a painter and sculptor and have a studio beside a beautiful lake. For the past 40 years, I designed and built puppets, masks and sculptures and had solo exhibitions of these works. In 2013, I went back to painting and started working in encaustic. I am interested in issues of identity in terms of weavings as coverings to protect or to hide. The intersecting lines that I create over landscapes create an internal conversation versus the external between nature vs. nurture. Or how actual or psychological barriers erected in an environment can disrupt a cherished place. My engagement with woven structures speak to complex dialogues between identity and psychological barriers. My second passion is teaching. I try to encompass more than teaching my students art techniques. I encourage students to, not only learn the language of art, but to also engage in critiquing art. Additionally, we continually explore ways to enhance one's voice through art in relation to contemporary and historical issues. Encaustic adventures is a blog where not only processes and techniques are taught, but hopefully this sites will engage in a dialogue about the making of art, notions of voice, identity, themes, and ways to establish a body of work within an historical contexts.

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