"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water." The Immense Journey, 1957 Loren Eiseley
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Trying Out Photo Transfers with Encaustic
This was another new technique for me with encaustic. Actually I tried out a couple of new techniques in these two pieces.
Yawn of Fire - 6x8" Encaustic on cradled board
I had copies made of my poppy photos on a colour copier at the local stationery store. The transfer is done by burnishing the photo, right side down, on to the warm wax. After carefully removing the paper by gently rubbing with my fingertips and water and letting it dry, I heat fused the transfer to the layer of wax below. This part is tricky because if you over do it, the toner dissolves away in the wax.
Papaver - 6x8" Encaustic on cradled board
Another technique I used in these two pieces was leaf printing. After painting on a couple of layers of encaustic paint and fusing them to the layer below, I used poppy leaves to make impressions into the warm wax. After painting over the leaves with another colour of encaustic paint and then fusing that layer, I removed the leaves from the still warm wax and then carefully fused the leaf prints. Both pieces are embellished with poppy centres that I had pressed and dried in the spring.