They say: stretch your limits! learn new skills! explore new ideas! These things keep your mind young and flexible......it's like yoga for the brain :-)
Soooooooo, off I went to stretch, learn, & explore!! I found myself at Fabulon. What? you say you've never heard of Fabulon?? Well, I'm here to tell you, It's FAB for sure! They are located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC. Check them out here. You can learn anything you didn't even know you needed to know in this place :-)
One thing I knew I needed to know were the basics of encaustic art. So, off I went.........
In a nut shell......the encaustic process is painting with hot wax tinted with pigment. I first discovered the intriguing art form while spending the day in the River Arts Disrtict of Ashville, NC several years ago. NOW that's a whole 'nother blog post !!
Back to THIS blog post..... Getting started, I was intimidated, to say the least, and there was one piece that I won't even show you a picture of .........we're calling it a learning experience ;-) But once I got my feet wet (with hot wax) I was off and running.........
So you start with a porous surface. In this case wood panels.....ah ha.....I LOVE to paint on old wood! You lay down several layers of clear bees wax...ah ha......yet ANOTHER reason to have honey bees in our massive back yard :-) Then you are off to the races.........
Here is one work in progress. You can choose to add images and found objects.....ah ha.......I've been exploring mixed media lately.
This is the final outcome.....on one of them. We spent 5 solid hours experimenting and I must say.....I'm HOOKED!
These are 3 other pieces that resulted from this wonderful Sunday afternoon in February. When I got home and started digging in to my stored up art supplies......it was serendipity......I discovered I already owned a block of bees wax, oil paints, a heat gun and even a wood burning tool ! The only thing I ever even use of these tools is a heat gun...yet ANOTHER blog post. The rest had been given to me or accumulated over the years for one such project or another and put away, never to be used again....UNTIL NOW. Stay tuned for the fun encaustic projects I will be turning out over the coming months!!!
HAPPY (wax) PAINTING xoxo