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Painting in the Art In Wax Studio – Video Demonstration :: Posted by: Hazel on July 13th, 2014

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Lavender on encausticbord

This new video just uploaded to the Art In Wax YouTube channel shows me painting in my little studio area here in Southend.

I introduce myself and then give a brief walk around my studio set up for the day and then paint a picture of some lavender flowers.

Encaustic Techniques

Encaustic art comes in a very wide and varied range of styles. It is a wonderful medium to work in and artists around the world use many different types of wax and with many different styles and techniques of working which all fall under the umbrella of “Encaustic”.

Different Styles

I myself work in different ways with wax. In fact I use two different types of wax and different supports and styles when working in each of these waxes.

When working on gloss card I use a wax paint that is suitable for this support and when working on, wood panels and absorbent supports, and the Ampersand Arts Encausticbord as in this video I use the wonderful handmade paints of R & F Paints.

I first started using the R & F paints last year when I reviewed their Encaustic starter kit and blogged about it : and since then I have lots of their wax and love to work with it, when working onto these supports and with this formula of wax I layer the wax and fuse between layers, the effects are amazing from strong colours to misty effects when clear wax is layer over colour to give depth and softness.

I also love working in more of a free and abstract way with the deeper layers, using hot air to move and form the wax and layering to create pieces of art just a bit different from my other work !!!

Pieces of Art In Wax in both styles are available to buy online via my online store : Shop Art In Wax. If you don’t see a picture you are looking for in the shop please contact me.

Watch me paint

This is video …. please leave me comment and let me know what you think.

More videos ……

You can watch me paint in more videos on the Art In Wax Demonstrations page.

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Landscape Painting Project :: Posted by: Hazel on June 11th, 2013

Painting An Encaustic Art Landscape : Step By Step

Encaustic Art is a wonderful art form taking in many different types and styles of painting.

I am an artist with a passion for painting in hot wax. As you will see from my Art In Wax website and gallery I love to paint flowers and floral subjects.

Landscape Painting

I also paint Landscapes and Seascapes, many of which also have flowers included, I find in my own style of painting a simple landscape makes a great back drop to the detail in the picture.

I have been asked recently how I create the landscape background detail, so decided to create a film of me creating a very basic scene to demonstrate how this can done. It is then ready to add as much detail into the foreground as you want.

Speed Painting

I tried to paint this picture as fast as I could in order to show quickly how this type of landscape could be achieved however it was still a long film in terms of internet time, so in editing I have sped up the filming to triple time. This way you can see the whole picture develop without it taking too much time or getting to boring!

However with this in mind, there is no narrative to the project so I have decided to write a brief description of what is happening in the film here as a point of reference should you wish to know more about this demonstration.

Video Description

Landscape painting – Equipment Used

  • Encaustic Iron
  • Heated Stylus Tool
  • Encaustic Wax Blocks – White, Blue, Light pink, Dark Green, Brown, Light Green, Yellow, Dark Pink
  • A5 Gloss card
  • Tissue

The process

Sky – Covering the iron with white wax, then doting on some blue and a tiny bit of light pink I create the sky across the top of the card.

Mountains – The distance, horizon and mountains are formed in dark green wax.

Background – The classic way to create texture in encaustic art is to do a dabbing technique with the iron this lifts the wax and can create details, albeit in a random form. I don’t use the dabbing technique very often in my paintings but it can give a good effect, which can later be worked to form more detail such as trees or shrubs if required.

Always remembering to clean the iron between colour changes.

Lake – the lake is formed by coating the iron surface in a mid blue wax and covering the mid part of the card, going a small way over some of the green. By allowing some green to show through this gives the feeling of a reflection in the water.

Grass – A coat of green and yellow wax this time and again some dabbing, then adding some very dark pink dots to the iron and very softly dabbing these on to give a feel of flowers in the mid distance.

Now using the Stylus heat tool

Detailing – adding some detail with the stylus, moving some of the wax to create grasses and texture.

Boat – using brown wax to add a boat on the lake, gives the painting a focal point and draws the eye into the picture, plus adding a little dark blue shadow, gives the water and the boat movement.

Pathway – by rubbing away a little of the wax a pathway is formed.

Fence – A fence is added in brown wax, curving around a little to lead down to the water, remembering to add a little shadow on the path.

Foreground – more dark green wax is added to make some grass in the foreground.

Birds – a couple of birds are added into the sky.

Flowers – some pink flowers are added to the front of the picture, bringing the landscape painting to the finish.


As with all wax painting I give this a light polish over with a clean tissue and the painting is done!

Watch me paint …..

The video below shows all this in action …….

What did you think?

Did you enjoy this blog post? Are you an encaustic painter? Please leave me a comment.

Edit : following the comment from Stephanie Guy I have now added this picture of the finished painting.
Landscape Art

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Video demonstration : painting flowers in hot wax :: Posted by: Hazel on May 17th, 2013

Painting flowers in hot wax

Video Demonstration : Encaustic Art

This latest video from Art In Wax show me painting in hot wax some summer flowers.
The flowers are based on a clematis style flower, we have many clematis coming into flower in our garden at the moment. Clematis come in many shapes and sizes and wonderful colours, we have three varieties ourselves with the small compact pink blooms coming early in May to larger white and a purple variety blooming as the summer progresses.

The flowers I have painted here are “in the style of” a clematis, with so many types to choose from this is my own interpretation, as with many of my paintings I consider the subject to be an impression of.


The film shows how the flower is painting in hot wax, and gives reference to the watercolour I painted a few days ago. I have recently rekindled my fondness for watercolors and using them in parallel with the wax is great fun.

See for yourself

The pictures below show what I’ve been working on in this subject. The watercolour I used as a reference in the video below is the pink one on the right and the center picture is done using watercolour pencils, which I find great to sketch with, the framed paintings are both Encaustic paintings and approximatley A5 in size and are for sale, contact me for details and availability.

clematis paintings, in wax and watercolour
And this is the video now live :

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Encaustic Art Hot wax Demonstration :: Posted by: Hazel on February 1st, 2013

Hot Wax Demonstration : Sunflower

Encaustic Art

Wax is a wonderful medium to work in and it is my passion as an Encaustic artist to create pictures using this versatile medium.

Following on from the launch last month of the new Art In Wax Sunflower exhibition, a collection of 6 paintings all painted in hot wax. Adrian and I created a video diary of me painting some of the pictures in this new collection of A4 sized pictures and a short demonstration of a smaller postcard size sunflower to accompany the exhibit, these are now live on the Art In Wax Youtube channel.

Hot Wax Sunflower Painting

A new more detailed demonstration

In addition we have now created a further film of me painting another postcard size Sunflower. This film is more close up and gives a more detailed view of the technique of working with the heated stylus tool.

Encaustic wax and tools used

In this demonstration I used :

  • Stylus Tool with the mirco nib.
  • Stylus Tool with a metal brush nib.
  • A limited palette of 4 coloured Encaustic wax blocks : Green, Yellow, Orange and Brown.
  • A6 Encaustic gloss card
  • The demonstration can be viewed below or via the Art In Wax Youtube channel How to paint a sunflower.

    If you would like to, please leave me a comment to let me know if you watched the film and what you thought.

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