Just in case there is any interest in how these pieces are put together, here is a glimpse.
I start with a watercolor underpainting, which so far consists of large overlapping dots. I might stray from this as I get farther down this road, but for now, dots it is. I coat the underpainting (which is glued to a cradled panel) with 4 fused layers of encaustic medium, then began burnishing strips of a failed attempt at encaustic mono-printing into the wax.
Layers are coated with a protective layer of encaustic medium, and fused.
When I was satisfied with these layers, I decided to kill some brain cells and do some shellac burning on the surface….
And as a finishing layer, I carved some lines into the surface using an awl and filled them with R&F oil stick.
The oil stick left on the surface is removed with plain ol’ vegetable oil and hung to dry. Here are some details of the finished piece. I’ll post a complete image tomorrow….
Goal for 2014: Make 100 pieces that are cohesive and have a show at a gallery yet to be determined in 2015. Sounds good, right? Over the holiday break, I got a head start, completing 13. Only 87 to go. … Continue reading →