Archive for category Medium: Wax
This is about a lot more than encaustic painting and almost falls within the realms of decorative art. The subtitle (as they so often do) sums it up: Techniques for combining encaustic paint and handmade paper.
This sounds like a bold, indeed an innovative, idea until you get to the gallery at the end and find the work of eight different artists. Clearly this thing has traction!
All I can really tell you is that the book is nicely produced and has clear illustrations and demonstrations. If the technique appeals to you, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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.
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!).
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