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How to add finishing touches to Artwork :: Posted by: Hazel on September 20th, 2012

Finishing Touches : Hot Wax Artwork

Finishing Touches : What a difference it makes!

Its amazing how the finishing touches really do make a difference.

I have been painting for many years now and working with Encaustic Hot Wax since 2011 and one thing I have learnt the hard way is about “over doing” a painting, I haven’t learnt this lesson well and still don’t know when to stop and many pieces find their way into my recycle pile because I didn’t know when to stop and the painting becomes, muddy or too cluttered for my liking.

With all types of art and medium I feel beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what may be pleasing to me, may not be to you. Likewise, knowing when a painting is done is also very much an indiviual preference.

To a certain degree working with hot wax has many advantages of being able to remelt the wax and make changes, I often change parts of my pictures while working on them, however the wax can mix to the point that the colours become too merged for my taste, or I may add an element to a picture then wish I hadn’t as it distracts from my intended overall effect.

Painting encaustic art can give very spontaneous and beautiful results just by the way the wax flows, but also can be controlled to give required effects and artwork.

Watch me paint on YouTube : New videos uploaded

I have just uploaded two videos to my Art In Wax YouTube channel showing how a few finishing touches can make all the difference to a painting.

See me add some birds to a seascape : just a very short video snipit, we were testing the video on this one but thought I would show it.

And here I show how I add some finishing touches, a fence draws the eye into this Landscape and down to the lake, thus giving the picture depth and a focal point plus I add a couple of birds for good measure.

As you can see I use my encaustic art stylus for these details, it is my favourite tool, I blogged about it earlier this year too : Encaustic Art : Hot wax painting tools Stylus

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