Encaustic, Paper, Plaster on Canvas

I still am experimenting with different surface techniques on 12″ X 12″ canvases.  I started thinking about what different surfaces I could use to paint on? I also am a sculptor and have been making sculptures for most of my life so wanted to get back to my sculptural works.  So, I looked at my sculptures and loved the way the plaster created these modulated surfaces and thought that I could reproduce this technique on the stretched canvas. I also can fold the paper and discharge the surface to create interesting textural surfaces.  So, I began to think of ways that I can combine different folded papers with the plaster and then wax those surfaces.  My first piece was this one. I folded the paper and glued the folded paper onto the canvas and then added collaged materials within the channels and then used the coloured wax to paint the surface.

Encaustic and Collaged Papers, 12" X 12"
Encaustic and Collaged Papers, 12″ X 12″

The next piece I added plaster strips in the channels and then used the coloured wax to paint over the surface and then added oil paint for the last layer of paint.

Abstract Channels #2


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.

4 thoughts on “Encaustic, Paper, Plaster on Canvas”

  1. I love the experimenting! Encaustic and mixed media are my favorites. I’ve finally concluded that an artist never knows if materials are going to work together until they are experimented with. This is great.

      1. I live in a tiny town in central Texas, when I tell people I am an encaustic artist they look at me like I’m crazy. Theu have no idea what it is! ha I’ve been trying to find other artists online who use the media so I can see what they are doing with it. I’m so isolated here. haha I love your blog. Keep it up! And thanks for sharing!

      2. You are welcome Jana, so happy that you found my blog. It has been a struggle being isolated here in my town. Joining Facebook groups – Encaustic and Prowax forum, and Encaustic Etc has helped me find like minded friends.

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