I hung out with my friend Catherine Weber in her studio this week and she wanted to try a new technique.
After creating a background painting with encaustics, we covered the top with a mixture of shellac and gold pigment powder, and then lit the shellac on fire.
The fire does the most interesting things to the shellac/pigment.
Here are some close-ups:
I love the way the gold just floats on top of the layers of wax:
If you look carefully, you can see lines and letters from some of the collage paper I used in the encaustic piece:
Below is a shot of the entire piece. It's a 12"x12" wood panel.
I feel like it doesn't have a focal point and could use one, but I'm not sure what I can put on top of that shellac layer.
Catherine's going to be teaching me a lot more about encaustics in the coming months and I'm really excited. Even if we don't light stuff on fire, it will still be a blast.