Friday, September 7, 2012

New Directions.....

My new hot palette by Roberta Warshaw
My new hot palette, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I have spent the last few days back in my studio. It feels really good but also hard. I know I had mentioned that I am trying a new medium, encaustic. I am all set up with the hot palette, the fans, the heat gun, and the paint. So I can show you that at least. I am not ready to show you any work yet. Maybe in a few days, I’ll have something that isn’t awful.

Painting with hot wax is tricky business. It is funny because people always used to ask me if watercolor was hard to control. No, not compared to encaustic, it isn’t. Yikes! This stuff is weird. But I am enjoying the challenge very much. The nice thing about it is, if you make something really awful that you never want to see again, you just place it face down on the hot palette and the wax melts right off and you are left with a nice clean board, ready to go again.

I really like carving into it with my carving tools and scribes. The only thing is, everything is covered in wax. I forgot to buy some paraffin for cleaning my brushes. This weekend I will pick some up in the canning section of the grocery store. I don’t have enough brushes to dedicate one for each color.


Anonymous said...

That does look tricky but I bet very rewarding and a lot of fun once you get into the flow of it. I'm glad to hear that your surgery went well, Roberta, and that you're feeling much better. Enjoy! Cheers, Karen :)

Sarah Sequins said...

That looks like a lot of fun, and I love that you can get rid of a painting you don't like so easily. If only all art were like that!

Congratulations on getting back to the studio! <3

Barb Fernald said...

I can't wait to see where this will take you!