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.
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.
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
Line Study # 2 Second Version
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.