Archive for category Medium: Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Art || Michael Bossom

Search Press have been revisiting their backlist, re-originating a lot of titles that have benefitted a great deal from up-to-date printing. Whether this is a simple re-issue or has also had “the treatment”, I’m not sure. The title page refers to a previous printing and to “this edition” with a new copyright date and ISBN. However, there is no mention in the blurb, so I’m none the wiser.

Encaustic art, as you probably know, is painting with wax. Michael introduces the basic techniques and demonstrates with a minimum of excess detail what you can do with the medium. If you’re new to this, you might find that it progresses with somewhat breakneck speed, though apart from hot irons instead of brushes, the creative process is no different to conventional painting. On the other hand you might feel heartily glad not to have the blindingly obvious spelled out at every step.

Combine this with the associated Project Book and you’ll have plenty to keep you happily occupied.

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The Encaustic Art Project Book || Michael Bossom

Encaustic art is the art of using coloured wax as a painting medium. Having a heated iron, either of the domestic variety or with stylus-like tips instead of brushes takes a little getting used to, but oil painters who are familiar with knives may feel more at home. There’s no doubt that the colours can be extremely vibrant, but Michael also uses traditional media to create more subtle effects and also set off highlights created with the waxes.

Although there is a good introduction to materials and equipment, this is not a primer and you may well benefit from something more elementary before embarking on some of the ideas included here. There’s no doubt, though, that you can produce some rewarding results.

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Wonderful Ways With Wax || Jann Visser

Encaustic art isn’t new, but there’s a fresh feeling to this guide that should bring it many converts.

Jann Visser starts from the very beginning, introducing materials, equipment and techniques and showing that relatively little investment is required at this stage. The remainder – the bulk, in fact – of the book is devoted to a series of projects which demonstrate abstracts, landscapes and decorative work as well as the production of celebration cards and the use of textures and embellishments. The results that she produces show that painting with wax is far from being just a novelty act and can produce subtle and beautiful results.

A list of suppliers would have been useful, but that’s a minor quibble.

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Encaustic Mixed Media || Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

I’m at a loss as to how to describe this. On the face of it, it’s a book about painting with wax, but open it at random and you’d be hard put to spot that because there are so many other techniques and media involved. The best thing I can say is that it’s a whole new craft in itself and I haven’t seen anything like it before (and I don’t think I’ve led that sheltered a life!).

Find a copy. See it for yourself. If new ideas and methods appeal to you, I think this could keep you busy for a long time to come.

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