Encaustic Art Lesson Abstract
How to produce encaustic art pictures using hot irons and wax blocks.
Encaustic art is art which is made by melting wax and using it as a pigment medium. The result is a rich, vibrant, textural work of art which can be endlessly manipulated with an assortment of tools. While many people associate encaustic art with melting crayons as a young child, the art form is actually thousands of years old. Several museums and art galleries have examples of encaustic art from places like Ancient Egypt and medieval Europe, for people who would like to see historical examples of the art form.
To get started you will need the following:
Blocks of wax designed for encaustic art
Special heat proof paper A6 postcard size for your wax pictures
Special heat proof (Throw away) paper A4 to set on the table before placing your postcard on top
Acrylic Wax Sealer
The next stage is to prepare your work area, by ensuring that you keep your wax blocks on one side and your iron on the other, as these items are hot and not only will melt your wax blocks, but also may burn you. Ensure you cover your work table and the surrounding floor is fully covered to protect all surfaces from hot tripping wax. Place a throw away card on the table and then place your A6 heat proof paper on top. Once you are all set up and have heated your tools on low you are ready to start.
Take your first coloured wax block hold the iron flat and cover all of the iron. Then start to spread the colour over the card and then wipe off the excess wax with a tissue. Repeat with another colour remembering to wipe the iron each time.
There are 4 basic types of effects that can create abstract pictures very quickly, they are:
Smoothing, lifting, points of the iron and edges of the iron, another effect is a backward wriggle, wriggle the iron from side to side.
When you have made your cards, you may want to protect them, so polish them first and then take a soft brush and an acrylic wax sealer and cover the whole surface and leave to dry.