Orange Blossom Encaustic Painting
Find your niche with R&F Encaustic Paints! Join our NEW Facebook Group, the BLICK Creative Community, for an Orange Blossom Encaustic Painting Demo with Blick’s own Ashley Nordin on 2/23 at 6 p.m. CST, and discover the magic of hot wax art. Find out how to paint using R&F Pigment Sticks, then heat a...
- Scan and print your artwork onto regular 20 lb copy paper.
- Assemble the heating plate and temperature control, then place the colors and encaustic medium into separate trays on the heating plate and heat to 200°F.
- While the colors are heating, use R&F Pigment Sticks to paint a background on the Ampersand Encausticbord.
- Wait until the wax is completely fluid at a steady 200°F. Then, using a large brush and only R&F Encaustic Medium at first, paint three layers over the background painting. Fuse layers using a heat gun, and allow to cool.
- Place your first collage element on top of the fused wax layer, then paint three additional layers of wax. Fuse layers using a heat gun, and allow to cool.
- Repeat Step 5 with your second collage element.
- Use a pin tool to carve around the outline and other details of your collage element(s). Use R&F Pigment Sticks to color carved layers, and wipe away any excess paint with a painting rag.
- At any time throughout the painting, you can use heated colors and swipe small amounts into the background. Then re-fuse the layer to blend. Use excess paint from the paint sticks to bring more color into your wax background by swiping gently with a painting rag.
- Use a sculpture tool to lightly carve away areas within the collage element that were painted using R&F Pigment Sticks, creating a shallower, textured area to apply the heated wax paint colors.
- Using your collage element as a guide, incorporate R&F Encaustic Brushes to paint on different colors of the image. Blend, overlap, and gently fuse colors as needed then allow to cool. Use the pin tool to re-carve areas as desired.
- Use R&F Pigment Sticks to create highlights and shading on the surface.