I took an Encaustic Painting workshop from Rae Broyles at Studio b. last fall and I had a lot of fun, so I signed up for another workshop by Rae a few weeks ago, again at Studio b. Rae demonstrated a number of techniques, and I tried a few. I used stamps and stencils on the first piece, above left. In the second piece, center, I built up texture by accretion, and in the third painting, I put the hot pigmented wax on top of the background to make the foreground stand out in relief. At the end, I used gold leaf on the seahorses to give them a little sparkle.
I enjoy doing something like this, every once in a while, just “playing”. It’s entirely different from my usual art. It’s great fun, and maybe a little dangerous too, playing with hot wax and blowtorches!