Friday, July 6, 2012
I enjoy painting in encaustic as a change from my regular oil painting. This past week I worked in my garage creating some encaustics to take to First Friday in Chambersburg today. It was a hot week to be working with heat producing tools, but I had a fun time. You can see my set up here. One table has the encaustic medium melted in an electric skillet and the other table has my griddle which I use for a palette. Both tables are covered with aluminum foil. If I need large quantities of a color, I make it in recycled cat food tins and melt them on the griddle. If I just need a small amount, I use a palette knife and just mix oil paint and medium directly on the griddle. Each layer is followed by a layer of medium and every layer is fused with the torch or heat gun. I make my own medium by melting one part of damar resin with 8 parts of beeswax. I get the wax from a local beekeeper and the damar resin from an ebay source.