Tuesday, April 6, 2010

working in a new way...

                                  

{5 things to keep in mind when working with wax and paper}

1.  don't use your real iron*
2.  medium is high enough
3.  less is more 
4.  wax is slippery when molten
5.   it's addictive



*lesson learned a few years back (now i own this:  http://www.encaustic.com/products/iron/iron.html

7 comments:

nacherluver said...

hint: check thrift stores & antique stores for old travel irons. Make sure to chose one with various heat settings so you can set it low enough. They're flat bottomed (no steam holes), usually priced @ a few bucks a piece (so no worries if you wreck it) and they're small (to save on space).


;)

the nest said...

i have a love/hate relationship with that trial & error stage...

as always, i love the colors!

tangled sky studio said...

nacherluver- i made that mistake long ago and now own a painting iron which i picked up an encaustic conference. if any one's interested you can find it here: http://www.encaustic.com/products/iron/iron.html

annri-more love than hate at this point but now i'm working out details since the process is really creating a monoprint. i love the colors too!

Inner Toddler said...

It's addictive just to stare at your work. I fear if I ever get into encaustics I may never leave my studio (to the dismay of my family). thanks for the hints.

betsy said...

#1 made me laugh out loud. Mostly because I've used my iron for a waxy experiment-gone-wrong. I'd love to see this work in person! I enjoyed seeing your work for Nahcotta's Spring show at the opening.

oneartistjournal said...

I like these happy creations...I ought to try that too...
XOXOrly

chrissy said...

dear beth...
thanks for the advice.
im still at the "i like to just admire beth billups encaustic work" stage...haven.t ventured too far from that ...
yet!
you are so funny!
hope the moving plans are all going well.
you are in my thoughts.
c