ENCAUSTIC

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I call encaustic art, "finger painting for adults;" not because you use your fingers but because of the way the wax flows around on the surface of the card giving a great sense of freedom.  In the past I've taught encaustic skills to various small groups of adults and older children and found that even those who consider themselves "non-artistic" enjoy experimenting and are usually very pleased with what they've created. 

The process uses a small iron, about the size of a travel iron. The coloured wax is melted on to the upside down iron which is then turned over to smooth the wax onto glossy card; pressing it down creates fern or tree-like marks in the wax. 
It's fast to do and if you don't like the result you can just go over it again. 
Sometimes I use a heated stylus, (which is like an electric fountain pen), to put in details. In this picture it was all done using the iron technique except for the reeds in the bottom right corner which were done using the stylus.
Often people do postcard size pictures but I prefer to do them about A4 size. It is possible to paint melted wax onto a surface but I much prefer using an iron and enjoy the feel of smoothing melted wax over the surface of the picture.


Participants having a go at Encaustic Art at a workshop I ran in Canada.
















Sometimes I don't try to create a specific image but just enjoy playing with the wax until I am happy with the result. It's very therapeutic and lots of fun, placing the card on a hot tray and blowing the wax around with a hairdryer.























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