Hello! You are one of the few with whom I am sharing this exclusive content. As one of my email subscribers, I value your input and feedback about my artwork. You may be familiar with my Abstracted Rainy Moments oil paintings evoking the sensation of looking through a window during a rainstorm. Now I’m thinking of using a different medium and technique to translate my rainy series into encaustic, or painting with wax!
Take a look at some of my good, and some not-so-good, results of my experimentation with wax, during a one-day workshop with instructor Taleen Batalian. Let me know which direction you like or don’t like for whatever reason and comment below, or email me your thoughts to rbraskartworks[at]gmail.com
Here is my workspace setup for this experimentation:
Attempt #1: This is the first attempt at creating a composition using the rainy pointillism technique I usually employ with oil paint, but the texture and quick cooling of the hot wax made for a different challenge.
AFTER apply heat gun
Attempt #2: Instead of applying gobs of colored wax, instead I painting a thin layer of oil paint over the first fused layer of smooth wax. After, I applied another layer of that of the smooth wax. After this top layer of wax had cooled, I took some of my shaped carving palette knives and experimented with carving out some texture that could potentially be read as the lines of falling rain in the background layers of the “painting.”
Underpainting of oil paint over one wax layer
What the layer of hot wax looks like immediately after applying heat gun.
Cooled, dried wax with some texture carved out in lines
Closeup detail of texture
Attempt #3: At the suggestion of my instructor, Taleen, my third attempt at this process started with getting a new board and painting oil paint directly on the wood panel, without any wax in between. After I finished the painting, I took some of the differently colored waxes and dripped little drops in the areas already masked by the same oil paint background. Then I applied a very light coating of wax to this composition. Letting it dry and cool, I returned to it and applied a hot iron to smear the colors instead of using the heat gun.
Original oil painting directly to the board with no wax underneath
Surface detail of base oil painting
Drops of similarly colored wax on each area of painting to match the underpainting color
Surface texture detail of drips
This is the result of applying the hot iron instead of the heat gun
Attempt #4: I took the Attempt #2 textured final look, and pushed oil paint into the crevices to then wipe the surface for a scrimshaw effect to highlight the carved out lines. After doing this, I put a layer of wax over it. Just as our time was coming to an end, I took a brush of each of the colors of hot wax I used and free dripped it from the top of the panel to let it drip down the panel as the wax dried. Here’s the final result from that process.
Front view of applied drips
Detail of drips texture
Surface detail of embedded “scrimshaw” carving marks