Preparing the panel or canvas surface

Before beginning I prepared birch panels and canvas by gluing the watercolor paper onto the surface. (Birch panel left – watercolor paper right – printing brayer in the middle.



Above you can see that I have squeezed the white PVA glue on the panel surface. I used the plastic card to spread the paste evenly over the surface. I added the white glue to the watercolor paper as you can see below.


The final step – adding the watercolor paper to the panel with the brayer. Did a lot of rolling over the surface until the paper adhered well. Then took the panel to the ironing board and, placing paper on the board, ironed the top so that the glue adhered to both surfaces. I put heavy books onto of the panel and let it dry overnight.






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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