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The background of this mixed media encaustic painting is made up of a variety of vintage ephemeral materials including old book pages, maps, letters and more. They quietly peek out in sections of the painting and are completely obscured in other areas. This is a mixed media encaustic painting with an image transfer.
The ground in this piece is created through a process called shellac burn, where a section of the painting is painted with shellac and pigment and then set on fire. This creates a beautiful crackle and filigree look.
This painting is on a cradled birch wood panel with black sides and is ready to hang.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The hot liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can be used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the wax before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate it once it has cooled on the surface. Other materials can be encased, layered or collaged into the surface, using the encaustic medium to adhere them to the surface.
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