Over the last three years, I have experimented with Photo-encaustics, which is a lovely mixed media technique that uses beeswax and damar resin as a medium to create mixed-media photography.
Many people are intrigued when they see my original photo-encaustic wall art, often initially thinking it is a canvas but as they see the photograph up closes they simply just have to touch when they see the texture and depth in the piece.
After inspection, next comes the question “What is it?“. So I have decided to put together this blog post to hopefully explain photo-encaustics in a little more detail.
The official description of photo-encaustics is as follows –
Encaustic, meaning “to burn in or fuse”, is an ancient painting medium first practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. The oldest known pigment binder, encaustic combines molten beeswax with dry pigment and tree resin. The “caustic” part of the term indicates that heat is used to melt and blend the layers of wax into a unified piece.
The end result is a one of a kind artwork filled with texture and depth. I really enjoy using wax and pan colours to enhance original photographs to build on texture and colour. Some of my photo-encaustic work is re-photographed and then the image is hand-printed onto beautiful printing papers which adds another level of depth and an emotive layer to my photographic work.
There are more many ways to use photo encaustics within my work. I am currently experimenting with layers of images and wax. It is an ever-evolving creative process that I love. I think it stems back to my art college days when I learned the process of Batik, where you create textile wall hangings with silks and wax along with the hands-on process of being in a traditional darkroom before the world went digital mad!
I thought I would share this little video I have created about the process of creating a one of a kind photo-encaustic wall art. I hope you like it.