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Art In Wax on Ampersand Art Supplies Encausticbord Video Demonstrations :: Posted by: Hazel on June 25th, 2014

Working with Ampersand Art Supply Encausticbord

Hazel Rayfield Artist

Video demonstrations Encausticbord

When I was approached by Karyn at Ampersand Art Supply earlier this year to create some demonstrations of me working with their wonderful products for their YouTube channel, I was really excited.

I love to paint in hot wax and have used the Encausticbord panels and cradle in the past when I reviewed the R&F Handmade Paints Starter kit on this blog last year and the kit included some of the panels and a cradle.

The Encausticbord has not been readily available in the UK other than in the kits as far as I am aware, but I am informed that Ampersand Art Supply who are based in Buda Texas, are looking to have UK supplier later this year.

Always up for a challenge

If you have read my blog before you know that I love to see what can be done in hot wax and I love to challenge myself and try new things, so when this opportunity came I was very excited to be working with Ampersand and with these wonderful encaustic supports.

Working with Ampersand Encausticbord

This is what Ampersand Arts Supply say about Encausticbord …….

A Creative Collaboration between Ampersand™ and R&F Handmade Paints
This creative collaboration began in 2008 when the two manufacturers, authorities in their respective fields of wood painting panels and encaustic paint colors, started working together to dream up the perfect surface for encaustic paints. This combination of Ampersand’s archival panel coating technology and R&F’s expertise in encaustics led to Encausticbord™, a unique wood panel that has the tooth to hold encaustic and mixed media unlike any other surface.

Quote taken June 2014 courtsey of www.ampersandart.com/encausticbord.html

Making the videos

My husband Adrian, a great amateur photographer in his own right, filmed as I painted. We are not professional film makers, we got the giggles a few times and had a few out-takes too …… but I have a passion for painting Art In Wax and I hope this comes over in the videos.

The two videos created especially for Ampersand Art Supply are now live and can be seen online on the Ampersand Art Supply YouTube Channel. I have posted the direct links to my demonstrations below :

I am using the wonderful and amazing colour wax paints by R & F Paints in these films.

Two video demonstrations

Cradled Encausticbord :
This film shows me working on an Encausticbord cradle which is 6 x 6 inches and a prefect size for this subject, in this film I demonstrate the stages of how I painted a Sunflower head.

The video can be watched here : Ampersand Art Supply : Hazel Rayfield Cradled Encausticbord.

Artist Trading Cards in Encaustic :
In this film I demonstrate the techniques working in miniature, onto Encaustic ACEO / ATC 2.5 x 3.5 inch size Encausticbord panels which are great fun to work with. Here I create three pieces using different styles and technique, from painting directly onto the surface, to a mixed media piece and a colorful abstract.

The video can be watched here : Ampersand Art Supply : Hazel Rayfield Artist Trading Cards in Encaustic.

The finished pieces

These are the finished pictures, this is been a great challenge / project. Ampersand Art Supply and their products have made painting my Art In Wax a pleasure.

art in wax on ampersand art supply bords

A Fun Project

This has been a great fun project, I hope you like the videos and watching me paint in this style of hot wax.

If you would like to comment below that would be great.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Hazel

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Sunset By The Sea :: Posted by: Hazel on January 4th, 2014

Painting Collection : Sunset By The Sea

Art Exhibit Sunsets

Inspired by the wonderful sunsets we have both in this country and around the world I thought it would be fun to paint some seascapes with a theme.

The colorful paintings I came up with for this collection are now on display as an Art In Wax Exhibition.

The collection of six pictures, all seascape style paintings are now online and can be viewed here : Sunset Art Exhibit 2014.

New Online Exhibit For 2014

This is a new exhibit of six hot wax paintings for 2014, they are in various sizes; two larger pieces @ 16 x 11, two @ 11 x 9 and two @ 8 x 6.

I had great fun with colour and let my imagination run and flow with the wax …….

The painting in this poster is an additional one to the exhibit pictures, shown just as a taste of what is on display ……

Sunset Collection

I hope you enjoy this new series of pictures, the pictures are for sale as will be some smaller versions. if you would like to purchase one of these pictures or commission a similar piece please contact me for more information.

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Wild Flower Landscape Original Art :: Posted by: Hazel on June 25th, 2013

Painting Wild Flowers

This latest painting in hot wax has a mountain landscape as the back drop to some colourful wild flowers, including Poppies, Wild Lavender, plus a couple of dandelions for good measure.

The pictures is A3 in size approximately 11 x 16 inches.

Painting in hot wax

It has been mentioned to me many times including in a comment on my blog that my style of encaustic art in very “painterly”, I take this as a compliment. Some other styles of working in wax, hot or cold can be more sculptural and other more crafted. I like to think I “paint” in hot wax.

Lots of tools of the trade

I use lots of tools in my work, from heated irons to stylus tools, plus a hot plate and hot air heat tool.

In the pictures below, Adrian (my husband) took these of me while I painting this week, you can see I am using a paint brush and heat tool, which is a craft heat gun not a hairdryer although it is a similar shape. A hair dryer blows the air too this just heats. I need to heat the wax on the surface enough to keep it flowing, but not to much, as this can damage the surface which is a specialist encaustic gloss card.

The photos me using two sizes of brush, these are natural fiber Hogs hair brushes, which I keep warm, but not hot with the heat tool as I paint with them in the wax.

The painting of wild flowers was created using a combination of tools. The hot air and brushes to create a very thin layer of wax for the river and some of the greenery, working with the brushes gives me the lightness and control I want in this area, plus a smoother texture. The detail in the flowers is done with the stylus tools, using different nibs to get fine lines and shapes, and the sweeping red of the poppies is created using the edge of the iron tool, I liken this to how we might apply oil or acrylics with a knife.

wild flower landscape

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Thank you for reading …………. Hazel

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Sweet Peas : original art :: Posted by: Hazel on May 14th, 2013

Sweet Peas – An English Summer Favorite

Having just sown some sweet pea seeds in the garden last week, we are looking forward to one of our favorite flowers blooming in the summer. Sweet peas are a delicate and beautiful plant with an abundance of flowers and a very sweet scent.

The sweet pea was developed by Henry Eckford via wikipedia a nurseryman of the Victorian era, which has been developed and evolved into the sweet peas, in many varieties we know today.

Inspired to paint

So I thought why not – Paint some Sweet Peas!

I did some sketching and you can see how I got on below, I did my pencil drawing and then my encaustic painting. I like to sketch sometimes before stating my hot wax pictures, I use this as a guide more than something to copy from, but they help me keep on track so to speak as I get invloved with the wax. I then decided to doodle on the drawing with some watercolour paints and this is what I ended up with ……..

Sweet Peas Watercolour

Encaustic Painting : Sweet Peas

This is the encaustic, hot wax version of the painting, it is an A4 encaustic painting on gloss card, it was created using some of my favorite colours, pinks and purples …… now just got to wait for the real flowers to grow and flower in the garden.

Wax Sweet Peas and Watercolour

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