Saturday, November 15, 2008

A House Of Wax


I have been wanting to try encaustic painting for awhile now and thanks to Yoli and her shortcut tricks (who knew a quilting iron could be so versatile!) I decided to give it a try. There is something very soothing about melting wax and spreading it around. I am afraid my new found obsession may lead to me encasing everything in wax, I just love doing this!

Anyway...... here you have it, my first encaustic mixed medium piece. I wish the wax detail showed up better in this photo, (despite the fact I use to teach darkroom procedures I can not take a decent photo, even with a digital camera, or maybe I should say especially with a digital camera, at any rate...............).

I love the way the wax makes everything cloudy, adding layers of mystery, not to mention it is a great way to cover up ones mistakes :)

Thanks Yoli, you just may have created a wax melting monster!

6 comments:

Sacred Yoli said...

Yay, and I love your creation. Girl, don't make me whip out my wax! haha, I know what you mean, I love swirling around the iron on my stuff. I also bought some lavender essence from the soap making section and added a drop to my wax. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Wax on Sista!

ekoenig said...

oooh, Betsy!!!! I love your latest creation -- it's just beautiful! I agree the wax gives it an alluring mystery. I have wanted to try encaustic lately too! You have inspired me to get out my wax and iron when I get home.
xoxo

An Altered Life said...

Ha, ha, thanks guys! It is super fun AND theraputic. Erin I want to see what you come up with and Yoli thanks for the all the tips! You guys are the best(Oops I typed beast at first, well you are beasts but that is another story......).

Ro Bruhn said...

This looks great especially for your first try, imagine what we're going to see later

Supria said...

I love this creation...it is great..can't believe it is your first one...Wonder if you've found another passion ...ENCAUSTIC is so fabulous, luscious and vibrant...
Supria

An Altered Life said...

OMG, Supria, I just looked at your blog and your work is AMAZING!!!!! I am beyond humbled to have your positive remarks on my first attempt at encaustic here. And yes, I am hooked!