Please join me in learning about and experimenting with melting bee's wax and 'sticking' it on photos (Encaustic). Don't worry about screwing it up as mistakes are often our best work. Do be careful of burning yourself! Wax heated to 180 to 220 degrees is ideal. And plenty to do after the wax is on, add texture, scratch and etch (dental tools work great) and color with more wax or oil stick. If you are doing encaustic, or any other interesting artwork, please share images and techniques.
Original photo is of dead flowers, which was glued to a board then covered with encaustic wax. Afterwards dental tools etched around the image and a hard brush was used on the cooled wax to add some scratchy textures. Finally areas of the flowers were painted with metallic oil sticks.
Here's a copy of the original photo before encaustic.
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This image was made by gluing tissue paper to a board, leaving lots of wrinkles in the paper. After the glue dried the entire board was covered with encaustic. Then, photos of cutout vases were added and another layer of glue. Next music was scanned and printed onto rice paper and added on top - again covered with encaustic. Finally areas were painted with metallic oil
sticks to add a touch of color and darken the outside edges
Original photo is a photoshop image of flowers composited with shadows. Image was glued to a board then
covered with encaustic wax. Afterwards dental tools etched the top flower which was then painted with metallic oil sticks. A dark oil stick was used around the outside edges to darkent the texture that was brushed on with additional wax to add depth.