Playing With Hot Wax

Before I devoted my life to Upcycled Sewing, i was an Encaustic Painter. If you’re not familiar with the Encaustic medium, it’s a hot beeswax medium that is applied as hot molten pigmented wax. The tools include crock pots, a pancake griddle and a handheld torch. Yes, it’s art created with fire… what could be better?

This medium helped me get over my fear of my artistic failure. It’s a sensuous tactile medium, that smells wonderful and begs to be layered. I wrote about it in an article called My Illicit Affair with Hot Wax.

I learned multiple techniques from artists Bill Harsh who introduced Arts Benicia to Encaustic and Lissa Rankin, author of Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax. 

Anyway, I’ve been itching to play with hot wax again. I’ll be doing a demo with a ‘play station’ for folks to try it out at the February Vallejo Art Walk.

If there is enough interest, I’d like to start a monthly Encaustic Painting Group in Vallejo.

Vallejo Art Walk
February 13, 2015, 5pm-10pm
Integri-Tea, 717 Marin Street, Vallejo