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Canvas Painting Roses :: Posted by: Hazel on October 19th, 2012

Encaustic Wax on Canvas Board

First experience of painting wax on canvas

For some time I have been wanting to try out painting my Encaustic wax onto other grounds and this picture is my first at painting on a canvas board.

I started by layering clear wax from my iron onto the 8 x 8 ground which is a windsor and newton canvas board. It took several coats until I was happy with the texture, I have no training in this type of work so am winging it! I then added some white wax and a layer of white and green mixed to give a pale background.

I use my iron and stylus tools to add very dark pink to the Rose background and blended lighter tones and white as I built up the petals. Working on canvas was very different to how I paint on the specialist Encaustic gloss card, the resistance is totally different and as the layers build the wax is more carved than layered.

Once happy with the shape of the roses I worked on the leaves, shaping and layering the wax, again starting with a dark green and adding lighter greens, these were mostly done with the mini iron attachment on my heat stylus.

I then spent a lot of time, bringing depth to the roses, working them was a challenge at times, as the wax being much thicker than my usually style of painting with wax. In my painting style with wax, I keep the wax thin and although the paintings have texture they are less layered than this process which was very different to slide the wax as I do normally, and as I said before was more of a craving into wax.


This was an experiment and I feel a successful one, and I will be trying out other surfaces such as wood and am looking at what would be the best way to prime these grounds and have been reading online about gesso especially for Encaustic work.

Passion for painting

I have a strong passion for painting in wax, I find encaustic wax painting very different than anything else I have worked with, it can be challenging and that’s part of what I love about it. The wax can be unpredictable and yet can also be controlled and worked creatively, it is this combination of planning a painting and developing it as it goes that makes working with wax exciting for me. I love the way the wax flows and I can work it to create my paintings.

I still occasionally doodle with watercolors if for some reason I am unable to get to my studio and I need a creative fix! When painting in wax, I need time and space, where as a watercolor doodle (that’s what I call them – I am by not means a water-colorist) I can do anywhere. These doodles have, at times been used as my inspiration in wax.

Roses on canvas

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5 Responses to “Canvas Painting Roses”

  1. Trudie Moore Says:

    Hi Hazel,
    I taught myself how to apply encaustic to deep edge canvas boards. I found the hot plate
    was no good, as the heat could not penetrate through to the surface
    of the canvas, as it sat too far above the plate.
    What I do after some experimenting, is I apply quite thick white Gesso to the canvas,
    let that dry thoroughly, then apply a good layer of clear wax. I then find things go
    on a lot more smoothly.
    Hope this helps! I enjoy your art and your videos.
    I have also “liked” your facebook page.
    Happy painting from Australia !
    warm wishes,
    Trudie Ann Moore

    Date posted : February 11th, 2013 at 1:40 am
  2. Hazel Says:

    Hi Trudie
    Thanks for leaving me this comment, glad you like my work 🙂
    Great to hear how you paint, I’ll give Gesso a try next time I do a canvas encaustic and I’ll pop over to facebook now to see your work and connect with you there.
    Best Regards

    Date posted : February 11th, 2013 at 8:02 am
  3. Sue Robinson Says:

    WOW what an inspiration this is I didn’t realize how realistic you can get using wax.

    Date posted : June 28th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I loved the way you expressed yourself about your work. I am very curios as to what is a deep edged canvas. Is that a regular canvas on thicker stretcher boards?

    I loved the thought that you expressed using your water colors to use with your wax. Thanks so much for sharing. Hester

    Date posted : February 3rd, 2015 at 7:16 pm
  5. Hazel Says:

    Hi Hester
    This was a canvas board, not a stretched canvas, it is a solid support. This was just an experiment I don’t paint on canvas supports, I paint into either specialist gloss card when using some types of wax and into wood panels when painting encaustic with R F paints wax paints.

    Date posted : February 3rd, 2015 at 7:33 pm

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