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Boating :: Posted by: Hazel on May 23rd, 2013

Boating ….

Original Art Cards

When I first starting showing and selling my artwork online it was in the form of greetings cards created using my original paintings, not prints. As the cards were an aperture card they looked similar to being a mounted picture and I know of at least one person who has framed one of these cards using the card as the mount. If using glass in the frame, I would note that this is not what I recommend. It is important, as with many types of medium that the artwork is mounted so as not to touch the glass, as this may damage the painting.

I rarely make cards to sell nowadays as my encaustic paintings are sold either mounted in Acid free Conservation board with a White core or hard backed onto mount board so they have a good structure and can be either mounted and framed or displayed in a free standing manner.

I do however make cards on occasional, for my own use to give to friends and family or by commission if especially asked.

Experimenting – Mix Media

Boating Painting Mixed Media by Hazel Rayfield

I have been experimenting with mixed media artwork again, and came up with this little boat painting, just 3.75 x 2.5 inches in size, very slightly larger than an ACEO or ATC.

This boat picture is a drawing / painting created using watercolour pencils that, once the painting was dry I covered in several layers of clear wax.

The picture has a softness to it I feel, the watercolour paper absorbs some of the wax, and as the mediums, watercolour and wax combine this effect was created. I am really pleased with the outcome of this combination.

When lightly polished, as I do with all my encaustic paintings, the picture comes even more to life with the sheen and slight texture from the wax coating.

Using Encaustic Wax

As I am discovering there are lots of ways to use Wax and I love experimenting to see how things work and will be blogging about all the things I am trying out as Art In Wax !

Versatility of Art In Wax

The photography below shows the mixed media boat painting as it is in the card, also pictured is an Encaustic hot wax, just wax this time, version of this boat scene.

As you can see the Encaustic wax version is a much bolder coloured piece the wax is vibrant and colourful, in contrast to the mixed media version with has a beauty of its own in the softness and more pastel tones ……Art Cards Encaustic and Mixed media

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Art, like many things, is I believe in the eye of the beholder ……

I think both of the paintings are pretty, yet very different. What do you think? why not leave me a comment below ……

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3 Responses to “Boating”

  1. Stephie at FlowaPowa Art Says:

    Both are beautiful but I’m definitely in favour of colour and definition so like the wax one best! What an interesting experiment, a technique that I would not have thought of.

    Date posted : May 23rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm
  2. Hazel Says:

    Thank you Stephie 🙂
    The colours on this encaustic really are vibrant, the blues catch the light and the gold wax mixed into the yellow of the sand glistens ……

    Date posted : May 23rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  3. Margaret Says:

    I really like both of these but I think if I had to choose one it would be the vibrancy of the encaustic. The softness of the other is very attractive but I do love bold colours!

    Date posted : May 24th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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