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.
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.
I am beginning a new adventure into the realm of Encaustic Painting. I have spent the past few weeks just looking at a lot of websites and looking on YouTube for ideas and techniques. It is a fascinating medium and I will be trying to create new artworks using a layering of beeswax onto a pourus surface.
The first thing I did was to make a list of all of the supplies that I will need. I need to buy filtered white beeswax so I ordered a pound of beeswax online from a distributer for Encaustic Supply Canada .
The other supplies I will be buying at various locations, such as the Dollar Store, Walmart, Home Depot and DeSerres. Here is the list that I have made so far.
heat gun, bristle brushes (Hake style) a small, medium and large. small metal containers to hold coloured waxes, larger cooking pot to hold the beeswax medium. birch panels to paint on, long tweezers for picking up small collage materials, oil paint sticks, scraping tools such as pottery tools, iron for melting wax, painters tape to seal the sides of the cradle, rubber gloves, sketch book for ideas. So, this weekend I will be off buying my supplies.
So, next week I plan on starting smaller works and practice all of the steps that I have learned in my Encaustic book that I purchased recently.