Sunday, November 29, 2009

Embedded Leaf Encaustic

I'm just loving encaustic and am having so much fun trying new things.  I started this one a few weeks ago and spent a good amount of time figuring the next steps because I didn't want to mess up the leaf.  When I found it, it was still a bit supple because of the gentle rain, so I patted it dry and left it in a safe place where the cats couldn't find it!  Just as it was drying, but not ready to fall apart, I started the painting.

It's 8"x8" on birch.  I did a layer of plain medium over the birch followed by a glaze layer using medium mixed with the beautiful Manganese Blue Hue pigment stick from R&F Paints.  Then I did a shellac burn on part of the board, leaving the space for the leaf.  I embedded the leaf and did another shellac burn.  I love the way parts of the birch and the first shellac burn can be seen through the wax.

7 comments:

Nick said...

Holy cow!!!!! Man that just rules.

Deb Townsend said...

Glad you like it Nick. It's my favorite so far I think. My husband said I'd better not think of selling it! LOL!

Roberta said...

Truly lovely Deb!

Randy Carboni said...

Very pretty. You are doing great with the encaustics. Glad you are also enjoying it.

Melissa Fischer said...

I LOVE this!!!! Beautiful colors, really nice design.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Deb,
This is stunning! I love it! You are developing such a unique style with this encaustic. I can't wait to see more.

jane minter said...

deb
this is so beautiful , fascinating to see and read all about ... congratulations on your commission ..wishing you and family a very happy christmas