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Art In Wax Tile Style :: Posted by: Hazel on February 27th, 2016

Art In Wax Tile Style

It was mentioned to me recently that my fantasy style tangle doodles as I call them were reminisce of designs on Persian tile art. I hadn’t thought of this myself as I feel they are Zentangle inspired but in looking at the wonderful patterns and colours of tile art I can see some similarities.

I thought it might be fun to cut some squares and gave a paint !!

These pieces are more abstract than some of my work but the abstractness of the designs works well in the format I feel.

These pieces were great fun to paint, thank you Gill for your feedback. I have done three so far in this style. See below …..

Black Matt board painted in wax and ink pen. This is a mixed media piece.

Rose on a bed of leaves. A lot of colour in this piece and the solver wax edging really sets off the patterns. This piece is painted onto specialist encaustic card and then backed into purple mount card.

Red vines bring the flowers together in the last of the three paintings in this style.

Each is just under 6×6 inches square and are for sale. Please contact me to buy direct from me the artist.

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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

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.


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Mixed media Encaustic :: Posted by: Hazel on May 21st, 2014

Working with mixed media and encaustic wax

Encaustic Poppy
I have been in my studio today painting wax on wood using the wonderful R & F Handmade Paints wax paints.

Always trying new things

I do love to experiment in wax and today I decided to try out something a bit different and use some mixed media in my work and I thought it would be fun to take some photos along the way and show how things went.

Getting Started

I have the hotplate fired up and all my wax melting, I am working on a 4 x 4 panel which I have gessoed, using the R&F specialist encaustic gesso, which I really like as it is easy to use and I have masked the sides of the panel as I like to keep them clean and have the natural wood look in the finial piece.

I then layered a couple of coats of clear medium to prime the surface, fusing with my hot air tool in and between layers.

Having made a pencil drawing of a poppy style flower and torn the edges of the paper to give a rustic effect I am ready to start.

Creating texture in wax

I heated my primed surface and laid on my drawing, the paper started to soak up the wax.

A layer of clear wax then sealed it in place, it is not flat and has a great wax texture.

Cutting into the wax with my stylus gave some lines and I was going to add some red dots, but with all things creative, I changed my mind and decided I liked the effect of the heat on the green so added more.

The green wax gives a border to the piece and is thicker than I normally have in my work, but it worked well with the rustic feel of the poppy and the paper.

One last fusing and the piece is done ……

This is a much more rustic piece than I normally do in my work, but it was fun and I will use elements of this in future work, I especially like the softness of the wax on the poppy drawing ….. what do you think?

Stages of the mixed media panel painting

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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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