During the Encaustic conference last year I attended Danielle Correia’s excellent presentation on working with encaustic on photographs. But I had not done much experimenting myself until a few weeks ago.
The trigger was, as so often, an upcoming workshop, where I had promised I’d show some techniques.
What I learned was that the whole image releases from the photo paper if you dip it in wax-not good! What went well is dipping a photo printed on computer paper. It really went very well: the paper becomes transparent, which is a beautiful effect on its own.
I added just a little bit of dabbing and went over the photo, unto the paper:
I had the same photo printed off on matte photo paper at London Drugs (6×8).
This one I glued with matte medium on a piece of hardboard, then added clear medium on top. In the next step I built up texture, especially where the trees were and at the concrete boat launch area at the bottom. The texture was highlighted with a contrasting colour, light for the trees and dark for the foreground.
The rocks were painted over with dark wax (my favourite indigo again!), using the tip of the iron. This piece has a totally different feel, but I still like it very much.
Which one do you like best??