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The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Encaustic and Stencils

Hello Creatives....

Sarinda here for your mid- week muse with a fun tutorial using Encaustic mediums by R&F Encaustic Paints and stencils. Well- there is a lot to talk about so let's get started-!!

Here is what you will need:

Step 1:
Prep the cradle board by taping the edge of the board so that it will not get wax on it.
Step 2:
Apply R&F gesso to the board and let dry completely.
Step 3:
Balzer Designs Alpha stencil outline the letters. On the finished piece some of the graphite will still be seen.
Step 4:
Outline some of the graphite tracings with a quill pen or a thin liner brush. I did not do all of them just here and there.
Step 5:
Doodle some ovals, lines and dots with charcoal. Take a rag and swipe the charcoal to smudge it.
Step 6:
Applying the encaustic medium.
Caution: Keep in mind that the wax should never fume or smoke.... keep heated under 200 degrees. The fumes are harmful to you.

Working in one direction swipe the encaustic medium across the board. Dip and repeat until there is an even coat on the board.
Step 7:
Slowly heat the surface constantly moving the heat gun around. Watch for an even shiny surface. Try not to over heat in areas. The goal is to get the surface as smooth as you can. Let the surface get entirely cold.
Step 8:
Scrape the surface to create the most even surface that you can. Try scraping in all directions to achieve this.

Anything that you add to a new layer it will need to be fused to the last with the heat gun. I added about 4 layers to the base for depth. This is where you will get the repeat button.... It will always look like this.

1-Base elements
 Step 9:
I laid the Playful Pods stencil on top of prepared surface. Then carved an outline into the wax and filled it in with dark gray R&F encaustic wax with a brush. Fused slightly. Once cooled completely I too a razor bade and scraped off the surface.

I was planning on doing an all black and white work. Yet- Purple was talking to me. SO I added a bit to one side and let it drip.

1-Base elements
 Step 10:
Wanting a bit of white to pop off the surface and another layer of depth. Carved another Playful Pods stencil in the surface shown below.
 Filled with white R&F encaustic wax and slightly fused.
 Cool completely and then started to scrap.
This is how the surface looked after scraped.
Keep going until you feel it is done then hang on your wall and enjoy-!!

Hope you had fun.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried any techniques using encaustic mediums...yet, but the more I see, the more I am thinking I might actually try this! Love that waxy shiny surface! Well done, Sarinda!