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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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Wax Mixed Medium Artwork :: Posted by: Hazel on April 19th, 2013

Mix Media Artwork : Watercolor, Ink and Wax

As someone who loves many types of art I am always interested to see and try new things, especially with wax as this is my passion as an artist.

The way I paint using wax, I use a formulated wax medium which is already coloured and ready for use. I mostly paint onto a specialist encaustic gloss card. My style of painting is a light coating of wax, it has texture and sheen but is not as deep as some encaustic painting styles that have many layers of wax.

There are many styles of “Encaustic Art” and a wide and varied range of techniques, each with its own unique and special use of the wax. Some are deep layered paintings craved out through the wax, others are painted with a brush, and some use mixed media techniques, using photographs and collage type styles.

I do like to try new things and enjoyed my experience of working with canvas board and deep layers of wax when painting roses last year, I blogged about it “First experience of painting wax on canvas”.
poppies mixed media ACEO painitngs

Art In Wax Experimenting Again!

I love to experiment with wax and for a change I decided to try adding a layer of wax to a couple of paintings which are drawings in pencil, which I then painted in watercolour and added some ink pen too.

I have created two pictures at an ACEO size (2.5 x 3.5 inches), I thought I would start small to see have the wax reacted to the card, which was a porous surface rather than my normal encaustic gloss card and the results are very interesting …….

I don’t draw onto my card when I am painting an encaustic painting, I do sometimes make stretches to work from but mostly I paint free hand and from my imagination when using wax, so this is a different way of working with wax for me.

As you can see from these ACEO pictures I have pencil drawn my subject I then painted in watercolours, and using some coloured ink pens define some of the lines a little to give a drawn effect. In the meadow picture the lines enhence the rustic feel of the drawing and for the poppies the ink gives depth the the petals I feel.

Once totally dry, I left them overnight, I used clear wax medium and coated the pictures in the wax using a heated iron tool, which fused the wax to the picture.

The paintings now have a wonderful shine now they have had a light polish and yet the colours of the watercolour are still bright as they were before, they have a very slight texture.

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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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Flower Show – Encaustic Art in Wax :: Posted by: Hazel on December 15th, 2012

Flower Show

Encaustic Art Flower Show

I have today created a slide show of some of my flower paintings.

This show is based on a selection of my flower paintings, including some not previously seem online before.

More shows

I will create some more themed shows, for Landscapes and my ACEO collection

What do you think of this slide show?
Please leave me a comment below if you liked this show and if you would like to see more slide shows of Art In Wax.

Thanks for watching.

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