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Art In Wax by Southend based artist Hazel Rayfield :: Posted by: Hazel on July 21st, 2016

Painting onto a different type of Card

Recently I have been working painting with my encaustic wax on some patterned papers I bought from a local craft shop and they have a very different effect so I thought I would show some here today.

These design papers have an abstract print in what, I feel are rustic / distressed / shabby paper chic style. They are a 200gsm Matt paper support, unlike the encaustic card I mostly paint on which is a gloss. The gloss card allows the wax to move and flow, it allows for blending on the support. The Matt surface is porous so when the wax is on its on !! I blend colours before applying more and a little by reheating the wax once in place. It gives an interesting effect and the wax has a great contrast in texture to the paper background.

I have painted these three pictures : Red Poppies : Purple and red poppies : Flower pot in this style recently and as you can see the results are modern style pieces of wall art. Each of these paintings are 6 inches wide, and different heights I have cropped the photos for this blog post but they are for sale and I can send more information on sizes and if you would like them mounted or not. Please contact me for more details on how to buy Art in Wax.

I have also painted some miniatures in this way using tiny pieces of these patterned paper. And in the next blog post I will show photos of me painting in miniature in this way.

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Encaustic Starter Kit Review :: Posted by: Hazel on September 9th, 2013

R & F Paints : Encaustic Starter Kit

I was really excited when Fred Aldous asked me if I would try out a new product they are looking at adding to their Arts and Craft supplies stock.

The parcel arrived last week and it was like getting a wonderful present. I have wanted to try the R & F handmade paints and the Ampersand Encausticbord for some time now but until recently I haven’t seen them readily available in the UK.
R & F Paints Review meadow and  studio Photographs

The picture shown here is what I came up with, also shown is photographs of my work space studio.

We have made a video of me opening the parcel and trying out the paints, you can watch this video below.

Everything you need ……. Just add heat

The kit is full of wonderful ingredients to paint encaustic !

The R&F Encaustic Starter Kit comes packaged inside an 8″ x 10″ cradled Ampersand Encausticbord, which is a great use of packaging.

The set includes :

  • Five 40 ml size blocks of coloured wax
  • Colours are : Titanium White, Indian Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue, and Chromium Oxide Green.
  • Two Ampersand Encausticbords sized 5″ x 7″
  • Soy wax for clean-up
  • Two palette cups, for melting the soy wax
  • Two hake brushes sized 1″ each
  • A basic encaustic manual and colour chart

R & F Handmade Paints

The wax block paints are very vibrant in colour they are made with beeswax, resin and pigment and I had great fun painting with them.

The R & F paint blocks are larger than the wax blocks I normally use …. so lots of wax to paint with! Plus there was a good size bag of wax medium chips, which is good as I used a fair bit of the clear medium, the colours will go a long way.

I mixed the colours a little but only used the five colours provided for the picture shown here. I personally use a lot of colours in my pictures, so would say that just five colours is a good starting point but I would want more very quickly if this was my only wax.

The soy cleaning wax was new to me, I liked this product a lot, it worked really well for cleaning the brush in and between colour changes, and I didn’t need too much of that.

Bearing in mind this is my first experience of this type of painting on this surface, I may or may not have used more or less than would be needed.

The painting shown has a nice depth as the layers of wax are formed, the Poppies and Wild Flowers really stand out and have a strong dimension and yet are much softer then some of my paintings as the fusing between layers softens the edges and gives a blended feel.

The R & F website has lots of information on their Encaustic range, including information on the paints, using different heat sources and supports. Their website suggests ;

“For best results, encaustic should be painted on a rigid, absorbent, and heat resistant surface.”

“R&F recommends Ampersand Encausticbord panels as the preferred support for encaustic painting.”

Ref : R & F Paints FAQ and Encaustic Support Information

They give details and examples of other supports suitable for working with these paints, I could not find mention the gloss card that I regularly paint onto which is a non absorbent glossy card.

Edit 13.09.13 :
Further to publishing this blog post I have now been in direct contact with R & F Paints and now have lots more information about their wonderful encaustic paints and why they recommend an absorbent painting surface. It is great to know more about the paints and I will be experimenting further and will be keeping my new encaustic paints to use on surfaces as recommended.

Ampersand Encausticbord

Painting onto the Ampersand Encausticbord is very different to painting onto the encaustic gloss card I mostly use for my artwork. I have painted onto other surfaces such as watercolour paper and canvas board but the Ampersand Encausticbord is especially developed for the wax medium and was fun to work with.

I did a little research before starting to paint and decided from what I had read and seen to apply the wax medium in layers onto the encausticbord having heated the surface with my heat tool (I use a hot air, craft heat tool, it looks like a mini hairdryer but doesn’t blow just heats) first.

I layered 4 or 5 coats of clear wax, heating each layer with the hot air tool to fuse the layers of wax. Later adding colour with the brush and again fusing with the hot air. Cleaning the brush between colour changes and adding layers of greens and yellow and mixing the two on the hot plate. I especially like the merging effect of the grasses in the background of the picture shown, they blend together to give a softness.

I then used my stylus tool to add some detail and flowers into the picture, fusing with the hot air each time. There is a snippet of me doing this on the video attached to this post.

Instructions

The kit included some basic instructions, as I have been working with wax for the past few years I have my own style of working so, although interesting to read the different ideas and techniques I didn’t feel they applied to me very much, they gave some information on the wax, equipment etc and the instructions were clear as just a general guide.

Working and heating the wax

I used my hot plate, hot air tool together with my stylus tools in the process of creating the picture featured in this blog post. I used the brushes from the kit, and the cups adding layers of wax to the ground (surface), I found the quality of the equipment was excellent.

Overall Review

I think this kit is a great product, I have loved using it and experimenting with the different paints, wax and encausticbord. As a starter kit for someone never having used encaustic before they would need to consider what heat tools they would need. But for someone such as myself wanting to try a new product this was ideal as I got to try the handmade wax paints, the encausticbord together with the brushes and cleaning wax, which I found especially useful.

The R & F encaustic paint were great to work with, the colours were amazing and I was really happy with the mixing quality and the overall finish has a great sheen.

I think the surface you paint onto makes a big difference in Encaustic Art. Working on the hard, absorbent surface of the Encausticbord was different for me but I achieved a painting I am happy with. The finished painting is heavier than my normal pieces, the support is sturdy and yet the layers of the wax make the picture feel fragile, I will display this on a easel as it would not be suitable to frame, I think the cradles will be good to use too as they can be hung directly.

I will be working with the encausticbord support again, most likely the cradle type but I will still be painting with my gloss card. I feel my own painting style lends itself to the gloss card surface, as I apply the wax in much thinner layers in my style of painting whereas on the Encausticbord the depth of wax is much more.

It isn’t a case of comparing any of the surfaces, the effects of painting on each are very different. The movement and texture of the Encausticbord and glossy card surfaces and, in deed, the way to paint onto them is different, I like both.

I would like to thank Fred Aldous for asking me to take part in this review, it has been a fun challenge, and has expanded my passion for painting in hot wax.

Watch me paint

We made this short film of me experimenting with the R & F paints encaustic starter kit.

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Showing and Display Art Online :: Posted by: Hazel on November 28th, 2012

Art Online

How we display and show art online

I have written a couple of posts about how I like to display my art :
Art Display : Beauty is in the eye of the beholder which talks about how beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, and what we all like or dislike about art is the same – individual and personal choice, and also how display plays a part in this too.
and
What a difference a frame makes! how displaying in a frame can make a difference to the look and feel of a piece of art.

What people are saying about Art In Wax

The feedback I have received recently about my paintings such as ……

“Paintings has just arrived , and they are absolutely beautiful – the photos don’t do them justice”

“The paintings arrived yesterday and they are gorgeous. So vibrant and you just don’t see the texture in the photos. Fabulous!”

“Got the painting and it is so beautiful. The colours are fabulous and the texture is lovely. It’s really so different from anything I’ve seen before”


…. just goes to show that when looking online on our wonderful computers we can not see the true beauty in some types of art online. I personally feel this is especially true when looking at Encaustic paintings, as part of the beauty comes from the sheen of the wax that can not be captured to its fullness in a photograph. The texture can also look clumsy online whereas in real life it is often much more subtle and gentle and yet the colours more bold and vibrant at times.

New Painting : Country Stream

Country Stream is a brand new painting from me …… hot off the iron so to speak!

It is approximately 10 x 8 inches in size, look how different it looks from the plain photograph to showing it mounted and displayed on a easel to double mounted and framed in a slightly fancy edged frame.
Original Landscape Painting

It just goes to show ……

Even just showing them displayed in a different way can make a difference – would you agree?

Have you seen an encaustic wax painting in real life – they do look different than online photographs.

View more Landscape paintings in the Art In Wax Landscape Gallery and many pictures are available in my web art shop.

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