But TODAY was the day I banished "Encaustic" from my brain and just started messing around with beeswax.
I found this funny little warming tray at the Salvation Army for a few bucks and grated my block of beeswax with an old cheese grater and dumped it in a soup can to see what happened. It melted beautifully and made the studio smell great.
I had a cardboard collage in my stash that I got in a swap and didn't really like. It seemed the perfect thing to start with. It already had some built in texture, it was sturdy, and I could completely mess it up without feeling bad. I had no plan or clue - I just started covering up the board with all kinds of layers of paint. I made some concentric circles with paint and various round objects and hastily dried it with my heat gun so I could get down to the messing-about-with-wax part of my day.
of course LATER I read that encaustic won't stick to acrylic. good thing I didn't read it first or I wouldn't have tried. my wax and subsequent layers of acrylic-painted papers are sticking just fine, thank you very much. (and SEE - I just used the "e" word again! stop it! this is just playing with wax and nothing more!)
so here's my first experiment messing around with beeswax on top of and underneath paint and paper.
The picture doesn't do much to show the cool sheen and texture it the wax leaves. There's not a LOT of wax on here, mind you, but enough to carve a few circles and leave some cool ripples.
This was SO much fun and I'm already melting more beeswax and trying to color it with cheap-o oil pastels. I feel an obsession coming on. I'll let you know how it goes.