Friday 12 February 2016

2016 #3 Simple Scene {by Ruth Mescall}

 2016 Topic 3: Wax
Hi everyone Ruth here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about encaustic art.
I've been fascinated by encaustic art for a while now, to me the layering of images or objects within wax produces something quite magical. I've used beeswax in the past to create some small pieces but recently invested in some encaustic medium as it gives the finished pieces more durability. I started my exploration into encaustic using relatively inexpensive items and tools, the basics you need are a heat source, a wide natural hair brush such as a hake brush, wax and a heat absorbent substrate and then you can play. Oh and  a clean pop sock or knee high will come in handy at the end!   
With such a beautiful detailed main image I decided to create a simple plaque using just a few colours and a couple of techniques. I also thought of it in layers:- the background, first layer of wax, the middle ground, another layer of wax and then finishing the piece with any additions.

Step One: I started with an A5 sized piece of encausticbord which is very similar to stampboard (an alternative would be to coat a piece of wood or hardboard with encaustic gesso). I wanted some pops of red and thought of stencilling some lines using masking tape. I decided to use alcohol inks and had a happy accident as they bled under the masking tape and created fuzzy lines. 

Step Two: Using the  LPC012 plate I stamped the postmark in Black Cherry Stazon. I then warmed the board in preparation for the first layer of wax.


Step Three: I applied a thin layer of wax in stripes until it was evenly coated. It sets quickly. Before applying another layer I needed to 'fuse' the wax. This is reheating the surface of the wax with a heat tool until it shines and then move on, the idea is not to re melt it but 'chase the shine' and achieve a smooth surface. Once fused the wax was warm enough to apply the main image which had been stamped in black archival on to tissue paper. I then burnished the tissue to the wax to create a good seal. I used a piece of cotton wrapped around my finger but you could use the back of a spoon.

Step Four: I applied another layer of wax and as you can see it can look quite dull at this stage. Time for the finishing top layers. I applied another thin layer of wax to the bottom 2 cm and then pressed lace into the wax and added more wax on top, on removal it left a textured surface.

Step Five: I created a wavy border using a piece of masking tape torn in half. I applied and burnished perfect pearls in heirloom gold onto this area. Anything shiny has to be on the top layer as wax would dull the finish. To add some more interest I stamped part of the curly script across the top in red stazon. I love the layers of red and the depth that's created. 

Step Six: To finish, I highlighted the lace texture with Treasure Gold in Pewter and Renaissance. Once completed I buffed the wax, this can be done with silk or a pop sock on your hand, it really does bring everything to life.

One of my favourite parts is the stripe of red behind the man in the doorway just showing him off. 

If you have some beeswax and a way of keeping it melted such as a melt pot then I hope you might be tempted to try this out. Keeping it simple and planning your layers can produce very rewarding results. On a final note I should say please remember to work in a well ventilated room. 
Ruth x 
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This is wonderful ruth, so dreamy, but punchy too with those pops of red. How brillliant that the man in the doorway ended up on a red patch. Thanks ~Darcy 

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Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous, Ruth. The red stripes are so effective & I love the highlighted texture from the lace.

Helen said...

What a great project, Ruth!!

craftimamma said...

This is really great Ruth! I love the simplicity of the colours which look very sophisticated. The pops of red really bring it to life. Fabulous project!

Lesley Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Fascinating layers - and what a great stamp to use with wax - gives a really mystical look to the spires.
Alison x

Hazel Agnew said...

Read this intently till the end Ruth cos I was fascinated to know why you needed a pop sock! A buffer! Really love the effect that you have created. fabulous! Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so clever and beautiful, Ruth!

Lucy x

Julie Lee said...

Such a beautiful project! It really has such a magical quality and your instructions are so clear and helpful. xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is fabulous Ruth! I love how the wax changes the appearance of the buildings! Hugs, Chrisx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Ooooh how I love those fuzzy stripes. Beautifully put together project Ruth. It's interesting to see wax used in quite a clean and simple way too. Great step outs. Lx

craftytrog said...

Wonderful and inspiring Ruth! xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Ruth this is fabulous love the texture at the bottom. Hugs Debs xx

Jackie PN said...

Gorgeous and inspiring Ruth! Thank you for the tutorial! xo

Dorthe said...

Looks so mystical this little town, like something is going on there, not for delicate souls :-) A beautiful soft finish both to see and touch, Ruth.
Dorthe, xo

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such an amazing feel to this Ruth - love the pop of red and the texture of the lace. Jennie x

froebelsternchen said...

A wonderful project is this!

sarascloset said...

Wonderful tutorial and a beautiful end result! Not sure my beeswax will ever get to see the light of day! Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog recently. They are certainly treasured! Hugs!