Encaustic Arts Experiments

September 11, 2015 — 19 Comments

Well my little bloggy chums I have actually made time to do some actual crafting – I know, shocker isn’t it?!

Anyway, it’s been a pretty busy time for me of late (more info on that soon), but I thought that it was important that I took time out and do something creative that was ‘away’ from what I have been working on.

Having recently taken delivery of some Encaustic Arts goodies (thank you eBay and Facebook) I settled down, turned the iron on and went to it.

Now, I did something here that I rarely do, I actually READ THE TUTORIAL BOOK! Seriously, I know; weird, right?

Lol. Well, I thought it best. I have been watching Encaustic Arts demonstrations for over 10 years, produced a number of TV shows on the subject and although I thought that I had a good idea of what I was doing – I though it best that I should have a read through to make sure that I was starting out on the correct foot.

With that done, here are a few of the experimental images that I created in this fun little session.

This first experiments started out with the sky.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 1

Once I had done the sky, it felt as though what would be underneath it would be a lovely plane of heath and wildflowers so I chose some colours and started building up the scene using a variety of techniques described in the book.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 2

Overall I was very happy with the finished picture however I did think that my flowers (above) were a tad blobby so I decided to practice a little more on those.

The next one again started out with the sky; this is after all how the guide recommends building your scene – from the horizon forwards; to be honest, once I started the first experiment it made total sense.

It ended up being quite a wispy sky with flecks of red in it so I thought that I would build quite a soft scene in the foreground.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 3

The hills in the distance do look as if they are rolling don’t they?!

Encaustic Arts Experiments 4

I was quite proud of that one so I carried on.

For the next experiment I decided to introduce a little stamp from Hobby House. It was a tiny row of houses.

As I looked at it I had in mind that it was a little row of fishermen’s cottages so decided to try and do more of a windy/stormy seascape/coastal image.

I therefore chose deeper tones and colours of wax to put this together and really gave the sky a lot of texture.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 5

The flowers were added last and I made sure that these were bending in the wind (in the same direction as the clouds were going).

I think that I pretty much got down what was in my head here. :)

Encaustic Arts Experiments 6

For the last one I went back to some slightly lighter hues and worked a little more smoothly across the sky.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 7

I did end with a big blog of brown to the right but can re-melt this at another date – for now I left it.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 8

The flowers though were this time dip-dots which I then blasted with the heat tool to flatten a little – I was happy with this more so than my earlier attempts.

Encaustic Arts Experiments 9

Anyway, time flies when you are having fun so I had to pack away and get on with the business of being self employed!

It’s been great to have had a little time-out; I hope that you have enjoyed having a quick peek at what I have been up to also.

Thank you for reading/visiting and I look forward to sharing more creative sessions with you again soon.

Bye for now.

J :)

 

19 responses to Encaustic Arts Experiments

  1. 

    This is one of my favourite ‘just for me’ crafts – I love the way that you never quite know how things are going to turn out and the picture eveolves as you make it! These are great first attempts, John and I love the one with the stamped houses – very arty! Mine are a bit more traditional landscape scenes, here’s a couple of my attempts if you’d like to have a look…http://ellas-design.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/a-sad-day.html
    Lisa x

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  2. 

    had all the gear for ages…before it was openly on sale in this country…I’ll get it out and have another go, I love the fact that you never quite know what is going to happen…thanks for the inspiration…Anni

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  3. 

    Oh sorry I forgot to ask you what ink you used to stamp onto the picture with. I had wondered myself if it would be possible to stamp onto it and lo and behold you had done it.

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  4. 

    It was great to see your report on your encaustic art. I recently went on a Carers Day where we get a chance to go into the craft room and that week they were doing Encaustic art and I got a chance to have a go myself. Mine is nowhere near as good as yours but nevertheless I am still proud of it, I got in a muddle with mine and I managed to turn it into a fantasy scene that looks like the fires of hell opening up in a forest and all my friends love it as they can see various characters and faces appearing out of the woods. The tip we were given with regards to wax was that Crayola wax crayons for children work just as well at a fraction of the cost and indeed I used the specialist wax and the crayola there and I could detect no difference. Great to see your forays into different forms of art. Thanks John.

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  5. 

    Hi John, these are lovely pictures. Think how far you can take this with these being your first attempts, well done.
    The “brown blob” looks good don’t change it. It looks like it’s hillside in shadow, and it reminded me of Devils Dyke in Sussex.
    Love and Light
    Sioux x

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  6. 

    I have one of these sets John and I love it. It so much fun. Am still learning but love yours.

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  7. 

    They are fantastic I got rid of my wax and iron as could never get them to look half as good as those ☺️ Xx

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  8. 

    brilliant as is every thing you do, not heard of that technique, will have to read up on it xx

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  9. 

    Mine never looked that good xx

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  10. 

    I love watching the encaustic art demos but never bought any of the equipment. You’ve done some brilliant scenes – I think it could be on my wish list now.

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  11. 

    clever! I have tried this and could only make a mess.

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  12. 

    WOW fabulous work John!

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  13. 

    Love your pictures John. One reminds me very much of one I did. I went to classes with Michael Bossom and really enjoyed them. Perhaps I should get my waxes out again .

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  14. 

    Hi John
    These are lovely, you should be proud. I have never used this type of art, but I might now. Lorraine xx

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  15. 

    Oh WoW!!!! These are beautiful, John. You have certainly fired up my interest. Which books would you recommend reading before I embark on this journey, please? Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and artwork with us. :-) x

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  16. 

    Brilliant pictures John

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