I attended an Encaustic workshop today with tutor Julia Sutton Encaustic is an ancient medium originating in the 5th century BCE in Greece. It consists of beeswax melted with resin and pigment. In our workshop Julia demonstrated the techniques of Smooth painting, Rough painting, Incising, Image Transfer and Collage. We worked on square wooden ply boards.
In this piece I used an old lace doily both as a collage and an impression element. By building up layers of wax the texture is achieved.
I wanted to see how I could incorporate Encaustic with my textile work, so I have used some scraps from a cut away piece I have been working on. The fabric was added in stages with layers of wax applied in between, hence the varying clarity.
This piece has layers of brown and white pigment that has been scraped back and then re melted with a heat gun. A piece of my indigo dyed Silk organza has then been added
On this piece I have painted clear wax onto the board to keep the colour and pattern of the wood. I have then applied an image transfer of a photograph made into a photocopy. I have also added a screen print on Silk Organza of an old family letter.
This piece has many, many layers. Initial layers of white and black wax then strips of red silk scraps covered with clear wax. I have then scraped away sections of the wax to reveal under layers, another coating of white, then rubbings of silver and red crayons.
Encaustic was completely new to me this morning. I now have lots of ideas! It was a great workshop, lots of fun to try and to explore another way of working.
Images of the work of other participants will be on the WAFTA blog soon.