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.