Encaustic Art – the wonder of painting with molten wax
I first discovered encaustic art (the art of painting with molten wax, using amongst other things a specially designed iron!) at the NEC in Birmingham and went straight home and ordered myself a kit (via my husband) for Christmas. At first I tinkered with my iron using the Michael Bossom encaustic books as my guide, then I discovered the Encaustic Art Trainer’s Network. I have now been an encaustic trainer since October 2003, after successfully completing the T1 Basic Techniques course, where I was taught by Michael himself. Since then I have run many two-hour beginner’s courses as well as full day courses, covering such topics as abstracts, building landscapes and exploring encaustic techniques. I also run full day courses.
The wax is made from beeswax with a pigment dye and comes in a range of beautiful colours. As part of the Encaustic Art Trainer’s network I am able to purchase and sell equipment at competitive prices, sometimes it is difficult to get hold of the equipment but I always have some at my classes, should students find themselves addicted straight away!
Above top: Workshop at East Hanningfield Reservoir
Below: A one to one class in my garden workshop, Colchester.
This medium is particularly exciting because it is so easy to create fantastic images from the start. I love teaching those who consider themselves not be be artistic, and seeing how they begin to wonder at what they have created. If you are an artist, it is also wonderful as you can take these vivid wax pictures to the next level, I’ve seen some amazing works achieved by beginners and accomplished artists alike!
Memory Paintings in Molten Wax – The American Way
If you have some seashells, photos, or other memorabilia that you’d like to create into a piece of 3D art for yourself or someone special, why not book a Collage/Memory painting class?
Using the Encaustic art medium we can create a base for your painting and then embed these items into the work using a heat gun. Great fun if a little messy and what a one-off present!
Left: Jack Painting using the heat gun to create a unique encaustic painting for his girlfriend. The finished piece with seashells collected from Brighton beach.