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Title: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 08, 2015, 09:27:07 PM
This came in the mail today so I just had to try it out and show you. Not bad since I only ordered it on Sunday.


Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 09, 2015, 02:15:23 AM
Ok, I don't know anything about encaustic art other than the fact you put/paint it on and when heat is applied it puffs up. Or something like that  ::)

I did see a couple of paintings incorporating encaustics displayed in a little restaurant while I was up north. Could you explain a little about how it works?

Regardless of all that, I like your painting, kind of semi abstract above/below water vision. I'd like to learn more about this.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 09, 2015, 03:38:16 AM
I only got it today so I am new to it myself. The kit comes with coloured wax blocks, an iron, and a stylus with 2 nibs and a brush. The iron is on a low heat you hold it upside down so and run the wax over the iron. Then turn it over and rub the iron over the card. All sorts of effects can be created by dragging the iron through the wax layer already created. Lines can be created by using the edge of the iron. The stylus also heats up and can be used to paint in anything you want. Oh yes I forgot to mention it also comes with shiny card. It is quick and a lot of fun. Check out encaustic art on YouTube  there are several videos on how it works there.
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Post by: Val on September 09, 2015, 12:34:36 PM
Sounds interesting.... once again I am saved by not having any art shops  here!  :sweat:   Just as well, I couldn't use an iron unless we were plugged into a power line at a dock. I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with.  :heeha:
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Post by: Marsha (Pita) on September 09, 2015, 09:18:26 PM
The painting is awesome, and I do so love to try new things...currently working in chalk...
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Post by: Zilpa on September 09, 2015, 10:39:05 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Natalie. This is why I could never stick to one thing, I just get so excited when there's something new to learn. The chalk sounds interesting too.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: May lynn on September 10, 2015, 12:13:15 AM
Dear Zilpa;


I was at three day paint in last Spring and one of the artist had used Encaustic's on old School Class
Photos from the thirties.  Another was painted on old sheet music. Very interesting artwork.


Both were thrift store finds.[size=78%]   [/size] :painting: [/size][size=78%] [/size]
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: BeaSue on September 10, 2015, 07:11:18 AM
Beautiful, Zilpa! This sounds like so much fun. I have seen encaustic art done on sheet music with lovely results. Hmmm...something new to try, perhaps. Was your kit very expensive?
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Post by: ncwren on September 10, 2015, 11:31:12 AM
Looks fun and challenging Zilpa-I really like your first result.  :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on September 10, 2015, 02:32:39 PM
 :thankyou: Natalie, Susan, and May Lyn, it is a lot of fun. I am looking at framing them and placing them into the gallery gift shop where we sell smaller work at affordable prices. Our gallery is attached to an information centre for travellers. These paintings only take about 10 minutes to do so I think it can be a little side earner. I will also turn some into cards.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 10, 2015, 10:02:39 PM

These are 2 I did last night framed and ready to go. Lucky I still had the frames so all I had to do was cut the mounts, which is harder than creating the work.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 11, 2015, 03:12:52 AM
 :heeha: These look great Zilpa.  :clap: :clap: :clap:    Good luck with them!  :gl2:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 17, 2015, 05:51:45 PM
 :thankyou: Val, I love the speed that I can produce them at. Here is another one that took 10 minutes.

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 17, 2015, 06:13:34 PM
 :heeha:   10 minutes!  :doh:   That is amazing!!!    :congrats:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 17, 2015, 06:30:31 PM
 :thankyou: Val, this medium is very unpredictable, which makes it very exciting. I am exploring with this to see how far I can take it. So far I have only played with the iron. So next I need to start including the stylus which has several different attachments.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 17, 2015, 02:38:46 PM
 With this one I started with my iron and covered the card with blue wax. I then went over to the hotplate and used a brush to paint in the flower, pot and table. I added some texture by using a fan brush and dragging it through the blue. The wooden frame was created by dragging a clean iron around the edge of the painting a few times till I got the required result.
I must admit I had no idea I would like this medium so much.

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on October 17, 2015, 03:51:19 PM
 :confused: How do you clean your brushes?

It does look like great fun Zilpa, how hot does the iron have to be?
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 17, 2015, 06:22:24 PM
It is a small iron especially for crafts Val and it goes on the low setting. You can use one of the old irons as long as it has no steam holes.
You can get most of the colour out of the brushes by using clear wax but you generally just reheat them on the plate to get them soft again to use. Ideally you would have different brushes for each colour group. I just buy the cheap monte marte brushes from the local cheap shop. I have brushes for paint and separate brushes for wax work.  :painting:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on October 18, 2015, 04:45:29 AM
Thanks for the info Zilpa, I find the whole process quite fascinating!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 18, 2015, 05:04:12 AM
You are more than welcome. I think half the fun of being an artist is sharing the techniques. I think eventually I will need to work out a video system.
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Post by: KathyKuz on October 18, 2015, 10:52:38 AM
Zilpa;  It looks good.  I do not know anything about it but I like it. Kathy
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 18, 2015, 12:31:34 PM
 :thankyou: Kathy, I am experimenting with colour mixing next. I might even attempt a colour wheel.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 25, 2015, 12:21:30 PM
Blazing Billabong
The beauty about this medium is that you can totally stuff up and still come up with something great. With this one I started of with a total mess looking like mud and ended up with this.





Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 25, 2015, 02:07:54 PM
Zilpa,

That's amazing.  What great textures.  You are making me want to try encaustic art.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Liana on October 25, 2015, 07:05:25 PM
Wow! These pieces you have created look amazing! Sure caught my eye.   :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 26, 2015, 12:31:49 AM
 :thankyou: Mea and Liana, Mea go for it, you will love it. At the moment I am trying to get a tutorial video together but I think I need to borrow Dennis. It is really hard trying to do it on my own. I am able to keep the card in view of my camera but then forget to keep the iron in view when I am loading it with wax. I have done heaps of landscapes trying to get the taping right. It is a whole new learning curve. Even the best editing program can't help me with that one :2funny:
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Post by: Annie. on October 26, 2015, 12:54:41 AM
Beautiful work!

You made it sound so simple but it is because you have already mastered other medium and apply what you know to your encaustic art.  I love the way the colors flow and wish I could feel the texture..

I was given an encaustic painting years ago.  It was a multi layer process combining watercolour painting, short poems, music, a dry flower, etc. the texture were created by clear wax which I understand was dripped on the surface between the items.  The effect is stunning.  When I go home, I should remember to post a photo of it.  You may find it interesting.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on October 26, 2015, 01:30:38 AM
 :thankyou: Annie, please do, I am always after new ideas.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 26, 2015, 07:06:29 AM
Zilpa,

I really hope you get the video made.  I really want to see this technique.

Will check out the art store the next time I go into Honolulu to see if they have the supplies for encaustic art.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 05, 2015, 08:47:32 PM

For this I put the background colours on with the iron then I placed the card on the heated palette ( which by the way is a plate warmer I picked up in BigW for $35 instead of $750 for the real thing) And dragged a rolled up bit of an old tracky top using the coiled edge through the wax to get the bamboo look, lifting to create the gaps at regular intervals. You can buy sponges to give that effect but why not use what is around the house?

Mea I am still working on the video and have heaps of new pictures done while trying to film it. I have got a couple done but they are not good enough to post. I will get there though it is hard doing it solo.
 
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 05, 2015, 09:36:56 PM
Zilpa,

Wow, this is fabulous.  I love the intensity of color and textures.

I checked at the local art supply store for materials and they only had the wax - grotesquely expensive.  Is there a market for the finished products or is it just an art form for creativity?

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 05, 2015, 10:09:33 PM
I just did a search to see what sort of market there is because to be honest I did not even look at that aspect of it. With me if I like something I do it and worry about the rest later. As you know by now looking at my work, I do not stick to any particular medium or subject. I know that goes against the grain but if I had to stick to one medium or subject, I would have given up long ago. ( that is the bi polar coming out in me). People are selling their encaustics just like any other works of art. It is actually a very old form of art that is becoming very popular. I have a few of my pieces in the gallery as we speak
There is a cheaper way to get the wax that is to buy the wax medium and you can use oil paint or dry pigment to make your own blocks which is what I will be doing shortly. :)
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 05, 2015, 11:02:25 PM
Thanks for your insight, Zilpa.  I must admit, it does look like fun.  The effects are so dramatic!

I'll keep my mind open about it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: KathyKuz on November 06, 2015, 06:14:07 AM
Zilpa:  These are beautiful.   :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:  Kathy
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Post by: Annie. on November 06, 2015, 07:17:31 AM
Looks so real!
You are a master :yippee: O0
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2015, 02:40:13 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Kathy and Annie, I am really liking this medium and do hope to become a master at encaustic and scratch art.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2015, 03:00:06 AM

Here is my latest project. Mounting my little paintings. I have a lot of MDF board so I cut it to size and cut some wooden strips at 45% angles as a support frame on the back glued them on and attached D-rings and wire for hanging. These are only 6" x 4" but the gallery I hang at is attached to an information centre, so we have a lot of grey nomads travelling in caravans. So I figured they are limited for space and with Christmas coming up they are small enough to store or hang in their vans. By the way the frame on the front is not wood it is actually part of the wax painting made to look like a wooden frame. I have fooled a few with that and it is something I am really proud of as I created it on my own. It does not mean I am the only or first, I don't know but I did it without influence so I am very pleased with myself.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on November 08, 2015, 04:42:21 AM
Good idea and well done, I really had to look before seeing it was part of the art.

You should be proud of yourself, just as we are proud of you.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :gl: saling at the Gallery!

Happy  :painting:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2015, 06:04:52 AM
 :thankyou: Annie, I have a month to get it together. I only have to put the mounts together and work out a production line for them. As they are all the same size it should go relatively smoothly. :)
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Post by: KathyKuz on November 08, 2015, 06:29:21 AM
Zilpa:  Good luck at the gallery. These are great. Kathy
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Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2015, 07:08:25 AM
 :thankyou: Kathy, I am glad you like them.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 08, 2015, 04:14:55 PM
Zilpa

What a fabulous idea to offer to the the grey nomad niche market.

You pseudo-frame look incredibly real.

You are SOOOOO amazing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: SignLadyJ on November 11, 2015, 07:04:29 AM
These are so AWESOME! Just a unique look. I LOVE them!
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Post by: Lillian on November 11, 2015, 07:24:11 AM
Zipa, you are such an inspiration with all the things you do.  You are not afraid to experiment and it's exciting to see what you do!  Also, I love that you share your experiences. 


Ive heard that encaustic is toxic when you are working, so please have lots of good ventilation, maybe even do a research regarding this.  I haven't used encaustic, just have seen a few things done with it, so I don't know much about it.


A few years ago, there was an art tour in the community and I spoke with the artist who does encaustic.  I remember that she told me she only does this in the summer.  She had her work station in the entrance of a beautiful old barn. She had converted the front where the big doors into her encaustic working area.  Other than that, I haven't seen much encaustic artwork.


I'm sure you are going to enjoy this, it's novel and beautiful and you should attract some good business with it!  :gl: [size=78%] [/size]
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 17, 2015, 04:16:18 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Jeannie and Lillian, I am having a lot of fun with them. I always have my studio ventilated no matter what medium I work in Lillian but thanks for the warning, I will take extra care. I am flattered to be an inspiration, the support and feedback on these forums are what inspire me.  I have just bought myself my first professional photography lighting kit, 3 soft boxes and 3 backdrops. hopefully this will help improve the photos of my work and help with the lighting of my videos. I apologize up front if I am very irregular on the forum, but we are going through another rough patch with mum and anticipate having to nurse her  24/7 very soon. During this time I will be back onto the iPad art.  :painting:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 17, 2015, 06:44:26 AM
Zilpa,

You INSPIRE us!!! 

I will be thinking of your mom.  I was my mom's full-time caregiver for the last four months of her life.  Blessed time to be with her.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on November 17, 2015, 08:06:21 AM
You are very special Zilpa.  Good you will have an easily portable art to do while caring for your mother.
Take care  :flowers:

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 17, 2015, 07:10:19 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Annie your feedback and support means a lot to me.  :hug:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on December 13, 2015, 03:31:07 AM
 :heeha: Banner, banner, banner!!!!!  :yippee:   I've not been able to get on very regularly, but seeing your works is such a treat!!! Beautiful and imaginative, love it! The bamboo is by far my favourite so far...if only I had a wall!  :2funny:

Best wishes to you and your mum. I have been getting that niggling feeling I may be called back north in the not too far distant future. My thoughts are with you.  :pray:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on December 22, 2015, 04:50:21 AM
 :thankyou: Val, sorry I have not been about much lately, sometimes I don't know if I am coming or going. With being at mum's half the week and trying to continue with my encaustics.
My mini encaustics have sold and the gallery have requested more. Having the artist statement with a medium most viewers have not heard of makes all the difference. I have dropped some more off and have agreed to do more for them. My next step is to cut the plywood, I will get about 175 out of one sheet, I just have to work out how to best set it up for cutting. 
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 22, 2015, 06:32:29 AM
Way to go, Zilpa.  So happy the encaustic art has made a niche for you.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on December 22, 2015, 07:18:00 AM
Zilpa,
What tool do you plan to use?   Safety first!

In July, I got myself a small gigsaw when I was in the US (very reasonable price even after the dollar exchange).  It cuts slowly very well, cuts at angles and along curved lines.  Very little chance of kickback, so fairly safe.  Don't foget eye protection.  Best would be to be 2 persons to do the job, one cut, one supports the panel.

Congratulations on your well deserved success   :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on December 22, 2015, 08:10:46 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Annie. I am still researching that one Annie. I have jig saws but they don't go very straight. I was using a hand saw up to now with MDF, but am thinking of a table saw set up with the ply wood. Ideally I would like to find someone in the area with a set up to do it for me for a charge but I have to find out if there is such a person or get myself set up.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: thebryce on December 23, 2015, 12:48:23 AM
I can't find the Iron at my local Art-O-Rama but they have everything else.  Fun stuff. :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on December 23, 2015, 03:57:22 AM
I have to buy all my encaustic supplies online.
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Post by: Annie. on December 23, 2015, 06:52:29 AM
Zilpa, do you have something like a Home Depot store in your area? 

They have professional machines which cut very precisely, and will quickly do it for you.  Here we get the first few cuts for free if we buy the wood from them, then it is a fix rate per cut, whatever the lenght.  It also makes it easy to carry home!  I use there services for big straight cut, save me time, work,  lean-up, and I don't have to hassle tring tie a big 4x8 sheet on the roof of a small Toyota  :crazy2:

Rotating saws can be very dangerous.  Table saws are very expensive and you will still need a second person to support a big sheet.

BTW do you use a support guide to cut straight with your jigsaw?  Change the blade if old, don't use a bigger blade then needed for the wood you cut, wear goggles 😊 and go slowly.

Keep exploring until you find what works best for you.
Good luck!
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on December 28, 2015, 01:39:38 PM
 :yippee: Thrilled to bits for you Zilpa! Congratulations you're flying on fast forward!   :flight:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on December 29, 2015, 04:10:51 AM
:thankyou: Annie and Val, yes I take all the precautions Annie, with goggles and mask I look like an alien but I do not care, always safety first. here are my latest completed pieces.


I am able to paint about 10  an hour, the cutting and gluing takes longer obviously, my aim is to produce 50 a week. Once I have my first 50 complete, I will start marketing my work. I have given a few as Christmas presents to people in the community who I think will help spread the word about me and my art. Seeing each one only costs me $2.50 to make, I see it as a good investment. Down the track I will give people the opportunity to purchase bigger ones at a much higher price than the $37 they pay for the little ones. I see this as a good way to test the waters. The people I have shown these to are saying WOW especially when the hear that they are painted with beeswax. 
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Post by: BeaSue on December 29, 2015, 04:17:02 AM
Oh, Zilpa, these latest ones are gorgeous!  :smitten:  :smitten:  :smitten: I do believe you have found your niche with encaustic art.
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Post by: Zilpa on December 29, 2015, 04:36:53 AM
 :thankyou: Susan, I think so too. At the moment I am stock piling, by the end of January I will be marketing like crazy.
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Post by: Annie. on December 29, 2015, 05:59:59 AM
I am blown off (blown out?) by the beautiful landscape you acheive with this technique.
I wish you all the best success  :yippee:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 29, 2015, 06:13:59 AM
Yeah, Zilpa.  These newest ones are beautiful.  The colors are so jewel like.

Best wishes for success with this venture.  Yes, you have found your niche!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on December 29, 2015, 10:32:28 PM
 :thankyou: Annie and Mea, it's the support on here that inspires me to keep going. Today was a great day for gluing. I can see I have some figuring out to do with clamping finding a way to be able to stack them up and get enough weight on them in one go. If nothing else all this nutting out I am doing is keeping my mind active.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: Zilpa on January 27, 2016, 04:49:07 AM

Here is my board I made to house my small encaustics in the gallery. They can be replaced as sold very easily. The prices tags will be added by the gallery as they have there own ticket system. I have left them spares and when they hang the last one they will ring me to bring in more. I have signed and numbered them all as suggested in the Turn Your Hobby Into A Business course. I have sold three a couple of weeks ago but am hoping it will take off now they are easy to see on the board with an artist statement attached and care instructions to be given out with each sale.
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 27, 2016, 05:07:41 AM
Nice set up Zilpa, and congrat on your sale.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on January 27, 2016, 06:10:31 AM
Yes,  nice setup and great idea on the reload of sold art.  Wish I could read the explanation... too blurry when I blow it out.  My eyes are not the best.

Best wishes.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 27, 2016, 08:15:58 AM
Zilpa,

Very nice set up.  There seems to be no end to what you can do!

Good luck with the sales.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on January 28, 2016, 04:42:39 AM
 :thankyou: Danielle, Mea and Annie. I mainly created the board so I am only paying foe one space and also this way I could put small tooth hangers on the back rather than d-rings and wire which are total overkill for the size, but the only way that they would be accepted if they were to go on their hanging system.
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Post by: Val on January 28, 2016, 06:09:27 AM
Excellent presentation Zilpa  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Turn Your Hobby Into A Business is an amazing resource, great to see you put it into practice.  O0
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Post by: Annie. on January 28, 2016, 06:49:03 AM
Val,
I am only half way watching those fantastic lessons.

Do you know if there is an expiring day to access them?  I am not talking about the one year one-to-one mentorship... just the access to the video classes.
Thanks.
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Post by: Zilpa on January 31, 2016, 04:14:20 AM
If you have bought the course you download them so they are yours to keep as far as I know Annie. Thanks Val, I bought the original course but am really only just getting into it properly now. Slack I know, but better now that I am totally focused than only doing it half hardheartedly because of rushing into it. Besides it took me this long to find the wow factor and my niche.:yippee: My next step is to create a whole new web page dedicated to my encaustics. I find that more daunting than any of the other things to do especially adding the email listing and newsletters. Ahhhhhhhhhh   :2funny: 
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Post by: Annie. on January 31, 2016, 06:21:18 AM
We cannot download classes, weither we buy them or not. I had assumd that the same condition of use apply to the Business courses but I will ckeck on the course site.  It will be speel out clearly there.  All the info is in the PDG files but I like to read the PFD as well as listen to the lessons... it register better in my brain.
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Post by: nolan on January 31, 2016, 01:41:56 PM
great stuff Zilpa, looks very neat :clap: :clap: :clap:
even more excited to hear about the sales :cloud9:

Annie, the videos and pdfs are all downloadable  O0
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on February 01, 2016, 05:41:17 AM
 :thankyou:  Nolan
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Post by: Zilpa on February 01, 2016, 04:05:24 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan, I am shipping one off to Europe this week.
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Post by: Val on February 01, 2016, 04:33:09 PM
 :heeha: Congratulations Zilpa!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on February 02, 2016, 01:47:48 AM
 :thankyou: Val.
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Post by: Zilpa on February 05, 2016, 04:08:33 AM

I am now painting directly on wood, rather than on encaustic card then glueing them onto the wood. The painting takes a bit longer but has a lot more depth to it. I love the shine of the wax.
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Post by: Danielle123 on February 05, 2016, 05:11:11 AM
That is cool Zilpa.   :clap: :clap: :clap:  i see a horse's head in the center coming out of the water
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 05, 2016, 08:46:08 AM
Zilpa,

Your work is amazing.  Seems I say that every time you post. 

I would love to be your neighbor.  I would be stopping by your studio every day to see what you are doing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on February 05, 2016, 07:18:21 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on February 06, 2016, 03:58:50 AM
I have stopped trying to name my pieces, there are only so many names I can come up with. So they are untitled with a number on the back.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 06, 2016, 08:48:47 AM
Zilpa,

I just love the vibrancy of color you get from the encaustics.

I love looking at them.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on February 06, 2016, 08:51:15 AM
I am amazed at the beautiful paintings you keep creating.

Full Moon over the Lake?
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Post by: Zilpa on February 06, 2016, 08:45:29 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Annie, I love doing these because I never know what it is going to come out like. I don't plan any of them because then it frees me up to play. With my other art I am always too fussy for my own good which then makes my work too rigid. I have not given up on the other mediums, but encaustics is the main one I am concentrating on to launch my career as an artist. I am allowing myself one day a month to do something totally different. In among all this work I am also learning Chinese.
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Post by: Annie. on February 06, 2016, 10:34:39 PM
My goodness Zilpa, I really admire your energy and talent.  Which Chinese dialect are you learning?

You are simply wonderful  :flowers:
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Post by: Zilpa on February 07, 2016, 01:00:49 AM
I am learning Mandarin Annie, I am using online lessons. That is how I learn everything.
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Post by: Annie. on February 07, 2016, 09:49:07 AM
Zilpa, I really admire you.  I learned a bit of Mandarin many decades ago and enjoyed it.  I was never able to learn any Cantonese.  Now I just cannot learn a new language and I am loosing those I had acquired from lack of practice, and can only read.

There are so many interesting things I would like to learn... can only pick some, or figure out how to live to 150 in good health!!

Good luck in your study of Mandarin and
Happy Chinese New Year!
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Post by: Zilpa on February 07, 2016, 01:59:44 PM
 :thankyou: Annie same to you.
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Post by: nolan on February 09, 2016, 01:36:02 PM
very interesting :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Val on February 09, 2016, 04:04:28 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: BeaSue on February 12, 2016, 11:23:51 AM
I'm loving your encaustic art,Zilpa. The paintings are just stunning. Smart to paint on the wood, too. It seems to lend a vibrancy to them.

And learning Chinese in your spare time! You are an amazing person.
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Post by: Zilpa on February 12, 2016, 10:34:27 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Susan. The Chinese is to keep my mind active and the characters to help me with proportions as they are an art in themselves.
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Post by: Zilpa on March 13, 2016, 09:44:06 PM

This is the largest one I have done so far in encaustics. For this one I used my heated palette
brushes, iron and heat gun. The painting is 20" x 16" and is painted straight on the backboard of the frame.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 13, 2016, 10:32:42 PM
Amazing work, Zilpa.  I love the textures that encaustic gives.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on March 13, 2016, 10:59:08 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, so do I.
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Post by: Annie. on March 13, 2016, 11:40:17 PM
Amazed at what you are making.

This is wonderful  :clap: :clap: :clap: So happy you are sharing all your work with us.
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Post by: Zilpa on March 14, 2016, 01:36:58 AM
 :thankyou: Annie, I am glad you like it. There is a lot of experimenting to come.
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Post by: nolan on March 14, 2016, 11:50:28 AM
lovely textures, well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on March 15, 2016, 04:01:15 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan, I am having a lot of fun with these.
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 15, 2016, 04:10:41 AM
Beautiful energetic painting Zilpa. Now you are learning Chinese amazing, proves that there is no age to learn.  :fight:
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Post by: Zilpa on March 15, 2016, 10:49:07 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle, I think life without continual learning would be boring.
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 16, 2016, 10:02:31 AM
You got that right Zilpa.
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Post by: Zilpa on April 06, 2016, 10:42:22 PM

This is my latest little painting. It sold before I got it to the gallery which is great as I keep the commission. A friend saw it on my Facebook page and put dibs on it. Who would have thought that I would get into abstract art. It was not till I posted this one online that I saw the person in there. I love it when that happens.  :yippee:
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Post by: nolan on April 07, 2016, 02:33:53 AM
clearly you need to do more of these then if it sold so quick :congrats:
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Post by: Zilpa on April 07, 2016, 02:35:44 AM
I can"t disagree with you there Nolan.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 07, 2016, 08:18:06 AM
Zilpa,

Beautiful.  Love how the colors blend (almost melt into each other).

Happy to hear it sold so quickly!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on April 07, 2016, 02:33:25 PM
Very interesting indeed.  Happy you sold it so quickly.  I also like the softness of the blended colours, but I just cannot see the person in it.  Pointer please?
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Post by: Zilpa on April 08, 2016, 11:29:48 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Annie. Annie look on the right 3rd.
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Post by: Val on April 09, 2016, 01:34:54 AM
Well done Zilpa! Congratulations  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on April 09, 2016, 03:26:45 AM
 :thankyou: Val.
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Post by: Annie. on April 11, 2016, 04:47:43 AM
The person with the hat and a paka  O0
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Post by: Zilpa on April 22, 2016, 03:36:04 AM

I never plan in advance what is going to happen in the abstracts, which makes the outcome very exciting.
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Post by: Annie. on April 22, 2016, 05:24:49 AM
It is really amazing what you create with that medium!
And you really seem to enjoy it, great! O0
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Post by: Val on April 23, 2016, 03:09:11 PM
This is great Zilpa! If you rotate it 90degrees to the right you can see all kinds of things in this. I need to look at this some more!    :detective:

I see a man with a bit of a goatee and afro hair, Jimmy Hendrix maybe?   ::)    ;D
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Post by: Ribezla on April 26, 2016, 02:30:12 AM
You are right, Val. After rotating the picture, I see a couple sitting on a chair and hugging.  ;D
Zilpa, it could be a good personality test for your friends, with a coup of tea.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 26, 2016, 07:59:15 AM
Nice work, Zilpa.  Encaustic really seems to be your medium.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on April 27, 2016, 12:32:40 AM
 :thankyou: Annie, Val, Ribezla and Mea. Yes Mea it is all I do now.
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Post by: Zilpa on April 27, 2016, 12:34:20 AM

Mixed media with encaustics on wood 105x148.5x8mm
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 27, 2016, 07:49:11 AM
Oh, Zilpa, this is so pretty.  The butterfly shapes are so beautifully done.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on April 27, 2016, 09:05:30 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, the butterflies are shapes bought from a craft shop and inserted into the wax hence the mixed media.
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Post by: Val on April 28, 2016, 01:52:28 PM
 :congrats: Zilpa, beautiful piece.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :( Does this mean no more scratchboard?  :'(
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Post by: Zilpa on April 29, 2016, 02:31:01 AM
 :thankyou: Val, I have $300 worth of scatchboards sitting here in my studio ready to use. I will be getting back to them I was only thinking of that the other day. I am thinking of prepairing them and take them when I go to mum's on the weekends, it would be better than watching her boring soapies. lol

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Post by: JayJ on April 29, 2016, 02:37:38 AM
Beuatiful butterfly and abstracts!
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Post by: Val on April 29, 2016, 03:22:27 PM
 :heeha: So happy to hear Zilpa, I love your scratchboards! I wish I'd been able to find more when I was up north. We'll be back in Guatemala for the hurricane season so perhaps a trip up to Guat. City to the art shop..... now how would I describe scratchboard in spanish?   :2funny:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 29, 2016, 04:05:05 PM
Val,

Just show the art shop a photo of a scratchboard on your phone.  I'm just learning to use this very useful tool.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on April 29, 2016, 05:02:53 PM
Zilpa, do the scratch board art while sitting in front of the soapies with her.  It will be a win-win situation... and she will think the world of you. :yippee:
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Post by: nolan on May 02, 2016, 01:00:26 AM
I really like the butterflies :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Val on May 02, 2016, 06:23:32 AM
Val,
Just show the art shop a photo of a scratchboard on your phone.  I'm just learning to use this very useful tool.

 :doh: Great idea Mea! i should have thought of that, my son does that with me all the time!

Guess I'm just stuck in the time warp of dial and push button phones!  :2funny:
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Post by: Zilpa on May 03, 2016, 10:08:15 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan  :)
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Post by: Zilpa on May 11, 2016, 06:25:21 AM

This is the encaustic area in my studio, The desk was too low to stand and work so I went to the local tip and bought a door. I glued a support under each corner, which then gave me an extra shelf.  I made the colour wax blocks myself as it is a lot cheaper than buying them. I have dried pigments, but oil paint can also be used to colour the wax by squeezing the paint on some cardboard and letting it sit till the oil comes away. then the rest can be mixed with the melted medium.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 11, 2016, 07:54:36 AM
Zilpa

You are so amazing and resourceful!!

I would love to be your neighbor.  If the end of the world were coming, you'd find a way to stop it!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on May 11, 2016, 02:35:53 PM
I would love to be your neighbor.  If the end of the world were coming, you'd find a way to stop it!

My favorite kind of neighbor also!

Love your encaustic art.  Nobody else does it like you Zilpa.
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Post by: Zilpa on May 11, 2016, 11:03:31 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Annie, I have slotted a normal in writing nib into my my stylus and am doing to attempt my first fine art painting with the nib. I have my board ready now just to pick a subject. I think if I treat it like any other paint (only hot) it should work. I intend to paint it all using the nib. :painting:
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Post by: Annie. on May 12, 2016, 04:30:21 AM
Zilpa, this sounds exciting.

Looks like your cakes are homemade.  Do you use beeswax with oil paint?
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 12, 2016, 07:30:22 AM
Good luck, Zilpa.  Sounds complicated, but I know you will do well.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on May 13, 2016, 05:44:15 AM
Grapes in progress.
I started this today using a heated pen nib. I still have a long way to go but so far so good. I will first fill in all the grapes, then I will do a few more layers to fix up any gaps, blending and highlights. This is a practice run on one of my small frames.

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Post by: Zilpa on May 13, 2016, 06:08:24 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, it is no more complicated than painting in any other medium only this one happens to be hot.
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Post by: Zilpa on May 13, 2016, 05:28:48 PM

Well this was fun, I added texture to the background, but I think for my next attempt I will do a smooth background and maybe go over the whole painting with a clear coat of medium. I am trying these out on my small frames first till I find my preference.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 13, 2016, 09:55:35 PM
Vibrant colors, Zilpa.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on May 14, 2016, 08:02:03 AM
Beautiful!

There is a difference... the wax cool even faster than WC dries  ::)
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Post by: thebryce on May 14, 2016, 10:35:24 PM
I know that encastics are in high demand. A local gallery owner told me he can't get enough of them. They sell out super fast.
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Post by: Zilpa on May 15, 2016, 12:09:52 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Annie and Bryce. Yes I get that Annie what I meant was the colour and general theory are the same. instead of using water or a paint medium to keep your work open, you use a heat gun.

I find here that most people I talk to including artists have never heard of encaustic art Bryce, which is great because it lets me talk all I like about my passion for encaustic.

 
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Post by: Annie. on May 15, 2016, 01:53:19 AM
Zilpa,  I was just trying to be funny.  I am a very slow painter and oil suits me best in that respect but I started Dennis WC lessons and, while a challenge with the dry weather here, I really like it also.

I am surprised that people don't know what encaustic is, it is a very old form of art. This is why I was asking you if you mixed your own.    But as you said it has some advantages.
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Post by: Zilpa on May 16, 2016, 09:30:37 PM

Dancing Dragonflies
enaustic on board 16"x 20".



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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 16, 2016, 10:27:00 PM
Wow, Zilpa.  This seems to be the most intricate one you have done so far.


Love those light green trees in front of the pond!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on May 16, 2016, 11:26:02 PM
 :thankyou: Mea. I have been flat out the last few days trying to get a stock together to start an online shop.
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Post by: nolan on May 17, 2016, 02:08:53 AM
lovely, especially the landscape :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on May 17, 2016, 02:18:20 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan, I must admit, I find the landscapes easier to do than anything else.
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Post by: Danielle123 on May 17, 2016, 04:21:04 AM
Love the landscape and the grapes Zilpa.  You have a great control with encaustic art.  :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on May 17, 2016, 10:54:43 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle, I am glad you like them.
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Post by: Val on May 18, 2016, 05:08:31 AM
  :heeha:   Beautiful landscape Zilpa!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Congratulations on your shop, holding thumbs it launches with a blast!  :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on May 18, 2016, 05:10:56 AM
 :thankyou: Val, I am nearly there. I just have a few things to iron out, annoying things like shipping charges.
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Post by: Zilpa on June 05, 2016, 11:22:11 PM
I have come up with a new technique with the encaustic paintings. first I burn the image on the wood then I paint over it with the wax. I am aiming to open my online shop on Friday week. It is the writing that holds me up but I will get there.

 
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Post by: Annie. on June 06, 2016, 04:51:20 AM
Wonderful and Congratulations! 

You don't need to do the business side all by yourself.  Any friend who can help you with the writting part or at least the editing?  Would take the pressure of.  Beside one doesn't see well his/her own mistakes.

Love the cherry tomatoes.  Beautiful.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: JayJ on June 06, 2016, 05:11:46 AM
Beautiful Zilpa!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 06, 2016, 07:44:44 AM
Zilpa,

You continue to amaze me.  I like the composition and the little green stems.  Good job.

I have cherry tomatoes in my garden and sometimes pick from 30 to 50 at a time.  Have to give most of them to the neighbors.

Keep at it!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on June 07, 2016, 09:43:24 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, I love cherrie tomatoes, I think I need to come live next door. :2funny: This is my new line of work, I have done several others I have not shown yet. 
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Post by: nolan on June 09, 2016, 01:21:16 AM
I think you are onto a winner, this one looks awesome :heeha: :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :gl: with your store Zilpa
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Post by: Annie. on June 09, 2016, 05:31:30 AM
Apparently some encaustic artists bring their work in plein air, and use a gas stove.  Sounds more like a camping trip. One showed her waxes being melted over a wood fire by her easel.  I would fear it may ignite  :eek:

And I thought acrylic/oil was a big carry case for plein air  :sweat:
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Post by: Zilpa on June 09, 2016, 03:41:04 PM
 :thankyou: Annie, Jay and Nolan. I am finding from start to finish on frames I have pre-made myself, the actual pyrography and encaustic takes me 2 hours. That is on these little ones. I suspect that will speed up over time. I do hope to introduce larger pieces in the future, I have already made some bigger frames, but I want to build the stock up first so that once people get used to seeing and buying these, I can hit them with the bigger ones at a bigger price. So I guess you could say that these are a teaser.
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Post by: Zilpa on June 10, 2016, 01:23:38 AM

Here is my process. First pyrography then encaustic.
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Post by: Val on June 10, 2016, 05:15:03 AM
 :heeha:   Fantastic! The skin looks totally believable. you can see the texture. Colouring is also bang on, looks like the one I got at the market yesterday!

 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on June 10, 2016, 06:13:49 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: amazingly realistic!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 10, 2016, 07:37:59 AM
Another amazing piece, Zilpa.  Great textures!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on June 10, 2016, 06:11:33 PM
 :thankyou: Val, Annie and Mea. I must admit, I surprised myself with that one.
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Post by: nolan on June 20, 2016, 03:14:27 PM
beautiful, you are definitely onto a winner with this technique :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on June 20, 2016, 04:18:04 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan, I have finally set up an Etsy shop. I am using only this technique and until I get established I am doing Kitchen Art. The shop is not perfect yet but I can work on it as I go. It was not until I found a formula of my very own that I felt I could take my art seriously.
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Post by: BeaSue on June 21, 2016, 10:07:33 AM
Zilpa, your technique is so unique, and with beautiful results! I used to teach writing, so if there is something I can do to help you with that part of setting up your Etsy shop, send me a PM, and I'll be happy to help. I am a pretty good editor.
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Post by: Zilpa on June 27, 2016, 11:55:46 PM

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Post by: Val on June 28, 2016, 02:16:56 AM
Your pages look excellent! I especially like your descriptions on your facebook page.  O0

Well done you!  :yippee: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: BeaSue on June 28, 2016, 02:59:02 AM
You go, girl!  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 28, 2016, 04:30:31 AM
 :heeha: Wow Zilpa! This is fantastic! Your avocado looks good enough to eat.  :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on June 28, 2016, 05:57:36 AM
Well done!  I do like those paintings of fruits and vege.  Beautiful contact to have whole and cut avocadoes.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Danielle123 on June 28, 2016, 10:14:51 AM
Zilpa your avocados are great and looking delicious.   super job.    PS love your site, good luck. 
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Post by: Zilpa on June 29, 2016, 09:21:29 PM
 :thankyou: Val, Susan, Kathy, Annie and Danielle, I am glad yoy like what I have done so far. At the moment I am trying to get my head around Wordpress. I think in my opinion that it is one of the hardest web building sites to navigate. I have spent many sleepless hours on it and still keep getting error messages when I try searching it. Please have a look and if you can get through let me know what you think. Nolan I have not started an email list yet as this so far is giving me grief enough. I am normally pc savvy but this has got me beat. I am seriously thinking of getting my money back and going back to Weebly or paying someone to do it for me.Any way here is my site so far, I hope you can get through.
http://www.pyrowax.com.au (http://www.pyrowax.com.au)
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Post by: Annie. on June 30, 2016, 04:20:58 AM
Hi Zilpa,
I don't know what you have on your website yet. But this is what I could navigate without problem, from both my laptop computer and Samsung phone:
- meet the artist
- contact us
- drop menu with 2 item above
- search bottom works

Cannot see any gallery, assume not constructed yet.
Hope this help.
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Post by: Danielle123 on June 30, 2016, 01:53:34 PM
Hi Zilpa, the other day i saw it all, but today all i see is meet the artist and contact us on my samsung today.
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Post by: Zilpa on June 30, 2016, 04:30:16 PM
 :thankyou: Annie and Danielle, yes that is the problem I am having but I will struggle on and get it right. I just don't find it very user friendly but that could just be me.  :sweat:
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Post by: Val on July 03, 2016, 02:18:44 PM
On this site http://www.pyrowax.com.au (http://www.pyrowax.com.au) all I get on my pc is Meet the Artist, and Contact Us.
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Post by: Zilpa on July 04, 2016, 05:41:58 AM
Thanks Val, I am working on it.
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Post by: Zilpa on July 04, 2016, 05:43:35 AM

The effect of the wooden cutting board was achieved by burning the wood texture before painting. 148.5 x 105 mm
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Post by: Danielle123 on July 09, 2016, 06:08:57 PM
An other interresting enaustic painting
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Post by: thebryce on July 11, 2016, 05:26:59 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on July 12, 2016, 09:53:05 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle and Bryce, I am glad you like it. At the moment I am working on a very detailed piece  in among my small ones which is 14" x 11". I am keeping up with my small ones to get the volume up and also to give people a cheaper option.  :)


 
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Post by: Zilpa on July 12, 2016, 10:02:22 PM
 Peas in a Pod 148.5 x 105 mm

The wooden board took the longest. I may not be using the mediums taught here but if I had not done all the classed I took with both Nolan and Dennis, I would not be doing this today. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Val on July 13, 2016, 02:45:29 AM
Fantastic Zilpa! You are seriously mastering this medium.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
How long do you have to work with colours before the wax cools too much to blend in with other colours? This must be an exciting medium to work with!  :heeha:
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Post by: Zilpa on July 13, 2016, 03:46:59 AM
 :thankyou: Val, yes it is exciting, if using a brush it dries straight away. I then use a heat gun to keep it workable. With these ones I mainly used my stylus which is heated so I can keep working it. The beauty about this medium is that it can be reworked at any time as long as there is a heat source. When using a brush or palette knife the layer has to be fused to the previous layer with heat  The results are unpredictable which makes it exciting.

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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 13, 2016, 06:53:37 AM
 :heeha: Wow, Zilpa! This is fantastic.  :clap: How did you get started using these interesting mediums?
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Post by: Annie. on July 13, 2016, 08:01:47 AM
As usual you are doing great art with encaustic, composition, colours, and technique  :clap: 

I just have a comment about the shadow of the pod overlying the one flat on the table. The front part of the pod should be touching the table but the shadow doesn't which makes that part of the pod floating on the table.  The shadow closest to the front should touch the tip of the pod without having a light space.  Did I express my thoughts clearly?
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Post by: BeaSue on July 13, 2016, 09:03:32 AM
Zilpa. you have done it again! I love the shine on the peas.

However, I also agree with Annie. The pea pod in the front does appear to be floating because of the shadow underneath the front part.
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Post by: Zilpa on July 23, 2016, 01:39:40 AM
 :thankyou:  Susan, Kathy and Annie, point taken on shadow. Susan pyrography was the first medium I started with around 12 years ago and taught it for about 2 years. Encaustic painting was introduced to me by my sister about 3 years ago, but at the time I had enough learning to do without adding more. About a year ago I got the urge to try it so bought what I needed and did what I normally do when I want to learn something and turned to the web. I thought it would be interesting to combine the two and that is where I am at now.
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Post by: Zilpa on July 23, 2016, 01:43:58 AM
Here is one I am working on now. I have a yellow pepper and some leaves left to do and then I.will work on the shadows. After all that I go over the background with clear encaustic medium so that the wood colour still shows through
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 23, 2016, 07:27:55 AM
Great shine, Zilpa.  Anxious to see the shadowing added.  Should be stunning.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on July 23, 2016, 12:52:48 PM
The texture on the pumpkin/squash is fantastic Zilpa!  O0 Love the colours in this one.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on July 23, 2016, 02:00:18 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Val, the pumpkin took a while as each line is drawn in with the stylus following the contour. I am looking forward to buffing this painting, that is when you really see it shine.
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Post by: Val on July 23, 2016, 02:12:49 PM
When you 'buff' the painting, does it still retain the textures?
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Post by: Zilpa on July 23, 2016, 09:37:43 PM
Yes Val, I use an old t-shirt and buff it by hand. It gives the painting a shine. The paintings need a buff now and then to bring the shine back for about 6 months then they stay constant. It is no big deal the paintings are pretty tough.
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Post by: Zilpa on July 23, 2016, 09:57:56 PM

All finished apart from painting the sides and attaching a wire. I will be posting this one on Etsy tomorrow.
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Post by: Val on July 24, 2016, 01:27:37 AM
Simply amazing  :heeha:     Beautiful Zilpa.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on July 24, 2016, 01:49:17 AM
 :thankyou: Val, I am glad you like it.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 24, 2016, 05:08:52 PM
 :clap: I love it.  :smitten:  Your highlights just bring this painting to life.  Lovely work!  :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on July 24, 2016, 05:46:36 PM
 :thankyou: Kathy, I am glad you like it. I am about to go 20" x 16" Planning ahead for a couple of Art shows here in South Australia coming up in the summer.
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Post by: Val on July 25, 2016, 02:35:47 AM
You'll WOW them at the show Zilpa!  O0
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Post by: Zilpa on July 25, 2016, 03:44:52 AM
Thanks Val that is the plan.  :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Annie. on July 25, 2016, 04:58:27 AM
A very beautiful combination and the palette of colour is very pleasing.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

That one should be gone before Val says 'crickets'  :2funny:


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Post by: Zilpa on July 29, 2016, 12:51:35 AM

My latest piece 105 X 148.5 mm
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 29, 2016, 07:41:18 AM
Zilpa,

Your work always amazes me.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on July 29, 2016, 01:00:18 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 05, 2016, 05:56:12 AM
 :thankyou: Mea and Val.
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Post by: Zilpa on August 05, 2016, 05:59:00 AM

This is the start of my under painting for the coffee grinder. This is only half the picture the rest will be revealed as I get to it. The size of this one is 16" x 20".
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Post by: Val on August 05, 2016, 08:07:26 AM
 :heeha: I can see this becoming a fantastic piece  O0 The detailing already shows!

My crank coffee grinder died a number of years ago. The salt air is not the least bit kind to the metal workings.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 05, 2016, 11:02:56 AM
Zilpa,

Wow, the coffee grinder is going to look great.  It's amazing what you can do with encaustics.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on August 05, 2016, 01:18:02 PM
 :clap: :clap: Nice start Zilpa. I wish I understood more about the encaustics. I really like some of the results you get.  O0
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Post by: Zilpa on August 05, 2016, 02:09:55 PM
 :thankyou: Val, Mea and Kathy. I hope I did not cause confusion putting this in my encaustic album, but this is the wood burning which is the under painting of my encaustics. This has taken 4 hours up to now. If it turns out the way I want it too, i will be submitting this one or more like it to the art shows for acceptance. While in between working on quicker ones for my online shop. Next step for me is to bite the bullet and set up the email for my webpage. I have learnt the hard way to do things in my own time and my own way. So that is my next goal do my homework and go back to that lesson go for it. I have designed and ordered my new business cards, I should get them by the end of next week. I will show you when I get them. I might do an up boxing video for my webpage.  :2funny:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on August 06, 2016, 12:22:54 AM

6 hours so far, but who is counting. :)
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Post by: Zilpa on August 07, 2016, 12:50:53 AM
 
As you can see I have finished the grinder and have started on the coffee beans. There is still a lot of shading to do with them.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 07, 2016, 07:19:36 AM
Zilpa,

This is really coming along well.  The wood of the coffee grinder looks great.

Beans are well drawn.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Gita on August 07, 2016, 12:42:14 PM
I like this art, Zilpa! It looks so special! O0
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Post by: Val on August 08, 2016, 03:58:39 AM
 :heeha: Absolutely loving this one Zilpa!  O0
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Post by: Zilpa on August 08, 2016, 05:23:45 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Gita and Val, it is getting there. The metallic coffee container will be the biggest challenge I think.
 
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Post by: Val on August 08, 2016, 04:09:23 PM
 O0 I have every faith you will succeed brilliantly!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 09, 2016, 12:06:33 AM

Ok here it is Val.The next stage is painting with the wax. The burning took 12 hours all up, the painting will take a lot less time.  :painting:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 09, 2016, 12:10:45 AM
Gorgeous.  Zilpa, your work is amazing!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on August 09, 2016, 12:41:46 PM
 :heeha: This is shaping up to be your most realistic one yet!   :cheering:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on August 09, 2016, 03:14:53 PM
 :heeha: :heeha: :heeha: Wow!!! This is incredible! Such realistic detail.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 09, 2016, 07:36:12 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, Val and Kathy, it is my most detailed piece yet. I will start on the wax tomorrow. Today is admin day.

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Post by: Annie. on August 10, 2016, 05:01:39 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  It will be beautiful with the wax... already wonderful as it is.
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Post by: Zilpa on August 12, 2016, 12:08:11 AM
 :thankyou: Annie, I will be starting the painting on Monday when I get home again.
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Post by: Annie. on August 12, 2016, 04:35:39 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 13, 2016, 03:25:10 AM
 :thankyou:Annie
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Post by: Zilpa on August 16, 2016, 01:58:44 AM

So far so good, now for the coffee tin floor and wall.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 16, 2016, 07:37:02 AM
Looking really good, Zilpa.  Excellent job on all those little coffee beans.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Danielle123 on August 17, 2016, 11:22:07 AM
Looks like you are enjoying this type of art Zilpa.  Very beautiful, love the wood burning art + ancaustic.  :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 17, 2016, 02:18:22 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Danielle, yes you are right I really do love working in both these mediums.
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Post by: Zilpa on August 17, 2016, 11:27:42 PM

Today I tackled the coffee canister and the bench. Just the wall to do. It's a good job I price by time and not size, or I would be losing out. 
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Post by: Val on August 18, 2016, 01:05:59 AM
 :heeha: WOW!!!  The coffee tin is fantastic! The beans, the grinder, the woodgrain!!! It's all fantastic :clap:    :yippee:

Can't wait to see what you do with the wall.

With the speed I paint/draw, if I charged by time....I'd be very painting rich and cash poor!  :2funny:   
I don't accept many requests for that reason. Just takes me too long. Unless.... they're willing to wait without a specific deadline!  :coolsmiley:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 18, 2016, 03:02:43 AM
 :thankyou: Val, I use a daily schedule to keep track of each painting I do so I know the exact working time of each piece.  :painting:
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Post by: Happychappy on August 18, 2016, 03:20:55 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Zilpa, absolutely amazing work you are doing.    Patricia
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 18, 2016, 07:47:54 AM
Zilpa,

Amazing work on the can.  So real!!  Such shine!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on August 18, 2016, 12:44:49 PM
Just out of curiosity I'll have to try that with my next few pieces. Would be interesting to see just how long a piece truly takes. Thanks for the idea Zilpa.
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Post by: Zilpa on August 18, 2016, 01:02:45 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia, Mea and Val I apply what I have learnt  from Dennis and Nolan in the drawing and painting classes to what ever medium I use. The same principles still apply. I make and mix my own encaustic paints using dry pigment and the molten medium to make coloured blocks. I have saved hundreds of dollars doing it myself, and I get to make the colours the way I want them.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on August 18, 2016, 07:26:21 PM
 :D Oh my gosh, Zilpa! This painting is so realistic. everything is perfect. The coffee tin looks so real. I had to enlarge it to see that you did not use a silver paint because it look SO silver. Amazing!  :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 21, 2016, 01:11:45 PM
 :thankyou: Kathy, my next challenge is glass. So I go back and watch the class for revision if I feel I need to and go from there. 
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Post by: Zilpa on August 21, 2016, 11:48:59 PM
Here we are finally finished.
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Post by: Ribezla on August 22, 2016, 12:41:13 AM
Zilpa, I watched the progress you were doing with this painting. It was fascinating to see, how you went on and how much time it took. The result is impressive. I love it.  :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on August 22, 2016, 01:34:27 AM
 :thankyou: Šarlota I am glad you like it.
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Post by: TeresaM on August 22, 2016, 03:12:05 AM
Wow wow what a talent you have Zilpa :painting:
TeresaM
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on August 22, 2016, 04:14:47 AM
 :heeha: Wow Maria! This is a fine piece of art.  :thankyou: for taking us on the journey with you by sharing the steps it took you to complete this.  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Val on August 22, 2016, 06:02:04 AM
Zilpa this is  :heeha: Extraordinary!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 22, 2016, 07:59:27 AM
Super, duper great, Zilpa!!!

If I owned a coffee shop, I'd buy that in a minute!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on August 22, 2016, 01:23:14 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Totally outstanding work Zilpa.   Patricia
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Post by: Zilpa on August 26, 2016, 12:01:52 AM
 :thankyou: Teresa, Kathy, Val, Mea and Patricia, it worked out better than I hoped. Now for my next project.
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Post by: Val on August 26, 2016, 05:05:10 AM
Can't wait to see what you come up with next.....always a treat!  :heeha:
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Post by: Gita on August 26, 2016, 05:11:49 AM
Zilpa, I really have less knowledge this type of art, what I see is absolutely great work.  :clap: :clap:
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Post by: thebryce on September 03, 2016, 12:08:33 AM
Your skill seems to have really improved since you were doing the landscapes. Are you using the other tools besides the flat iron now to achieve the detail?
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Post by: Zilpa on September 03, 2016, 01:50:34 AM
 :painting: Val, Gita and Bryce. Yes Bruce, I use an electric stylus, and hog hair brushes paint knives, pretty much anything that spreads paint and off course my trusty heat gun to fuse the layers together.
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Post by: Danielle123 on October 17, 2016, 02:11:54 PM
So beautiful your encaustic art Zilpa.  :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on November 06, 2016, 07:34:32 PM
 :thankyou: Danielle.  :)
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Post by: Zilpa on November 07, 2016, 05:17:33 AM


This is an experimental base where I burnt onto paper instead of wood. I am using the same substrate I always use with watercolour paper glued onto the surface. Tomorrow I will add the encaustics.
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Post by: BeaSue on November 07, 2016, 05:31:25 AM
I love to see people being daring and trying new things. What an interesting idea, Zilpa. So the burnt watercolor paper produces this nice burnt sienna color? This looks very promising!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 07, 2016, 07:33:32 AM
You go, girl!!  Look forward to seeing this completed.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on November 07, 2016, 02:31:44 PM
Chemistry class is back in session! What happens when you put fire to paper?....POOF, that would be my result if I tried this!  :2funny:

This should be very interesting when complete. Just wondering if there would be any discolouration in the paper from anything leeching from the wax  :confused: I know nothing about this process...but I guess we're about to find out!  :heeha:

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Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2016, 12:29:39 PM

Here is the finished product. To be honest for a small painting I would not do it again as the burning took too long for what I feel I could charge.  It would not be worth the extra trouble. It was a fun thing to do though.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on November 08, 2016, 01:22:00 PM
 :smitten: The cherries are beautiful, Zilpa. I love the glossy shine.  :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2016, 02:55:57 PM
 :thankyou: Kathy.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 08, 2016, 08:49:51 PM
Zilpa scores again!!!!

You amaze me everytime you post!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 08, 2016, 10:23:12 PM
 :thankyou: Mea.
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Post by: Val on November 10, 2016, 12:32:54 AM
Beautiful Zilpa.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Annie. on November 12, 2016, 06:33:39 AM
Beautifully done !  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on November 12, 2016, 10:18:12 PM
 :thankyou: Annie.
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Post by: Zilpa on December 02, 2016, 05:08:19 PM

This is my next project in among the normal little paintings. This one is 16" x 20".
I am doing this one to go in a local annual art show. It is one for selection so I hope to have it finished in time for them to accept it.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2016, 09:43:42 PM
Looks good so far, Zilpa.  Hope you get it done in time.

Nice wood grain effect.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 03, 2016, 10:17:02 AM
What a great star t :clap: :clap: :clap:t
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Post by: Zilpa on December 06, 2016, 10:11:43 PM
 :thankyou: Mea and Danielle, this one is challenging.
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Post by: Zilpa on December 06, 2016, 10:16:39 PM

This has taken about three hours so far. I hope to finish the burtning side of things tomorrow. Then the wax. I have about 5 days to finish it, if I am to get it in the art show.
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Post by: dennis on December 06, 2016, 10:48:32 PM
Looks good so far.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Love to see the finished product O0
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Post by: Zilpa on December 06, 2016, 10:59:26 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis, I am glad you like it.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 07, 2016, 01:24:18 PM
Looking really good, Zilpa.

Hope you get it done in time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on December 08, 2016, 06:26:30 AM
Looking good so far.... best get those skates on!  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50390/1508533.GIF)
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Post by: Zilpa on December 10, 2016, 12:42:07 AM
Finished and entered

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Post by: SignLadyJ on December 10, 2016, 07:23:32 AM
I love it! Very nice!
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 10, 2016, 02:50:19 PM
Very beautiful, good luck.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: dennis on December 10, 2016, 05:24:04 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on December 10, 2016, 08:53:32 PM
 :clap: I love it, Zilpa.   :gl: at the art show.
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Post by: Zilpa on December 10, 2016, 11:20:02 PM
 :thankyou: SignLady, Dennis, Danielle and Kathy. The show is in January but submissions have to be in by tomorrow so mine are in.  :painting:
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Post by: Zilpa on December 16, 2016, 11:06:37 AM
I am excited to say that both of my pieces have been accepted to enter the art show. That is the Coffee Grinder and Burnt. Siesta. This one only goes for a week but attracts visitors from wide and far.   :yippee:
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Post by: dennis on December 16, 2016, 11:08:24 AM
Congratulations  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Gita on December 16, 2016, 02:22:57 PM
I hardly know anything about encaustic art but I like the result. I wished I could see this in real. Congratulations!
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Post by: Zilpa on December 16, 2016, 03:22:05 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis and Gita.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 17, 2016, 11:59:01 AM
YAY, Zilpa.  That's good news.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on December 17, 2016, 12:13:39 PM
 :thankyou: Mea.
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Post by: Val on December 19, 2016, 01:45:20 PM
 :heeha: That's brill Zilpa!!! Congratulations   :congrats:
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Post by: Zilpa on December 19, 2016, 02:16:05 PM
 :thankyou: Val. I take them in on the 9th Jan.
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Post by: Annie. on December 20, 2016, 06:25:40 AM
Everyone of your encaustic paintings amaze me.
 :clap: :clap: :clap:

Congrats for the Show  :yippee:
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Post by: Zilpa on December 20, 2016, 08:49:56 PM
 :thankyou: Annie.
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Post by: Zilpa on December 28, 2016, 11:37:52 PM
Here is the start of my next project. In among doing my little fruit and veg paintings, I am doing a collection of larger 20" x 16" paintings with the theme of old buildings. The last one I did inspired me to do more. My story line is that the time passes way to quickly and we throw away too much cheap replaceable junk that I want to remind people of the beauty of well made old relics. Ok my story telling needs some polishing it is my weakest point in my self promotion, but you get the picture. ( I hope )
 
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Post by: Val on December 29, 2016, 03:54:47 AM
Ok, I'm going to go out on a ledge here....  ::)    ;D    What I've got so far is a collection of fruit (apples, oranges, possibly tomatoes) on an old stone door/window ledge. Am I close?  :sweat: Perhaps I'll just wait until we can see more...  :whistle:       
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 29, 2016, 08:10:10 AM
Zilpa

Like Val, not sure just what you've got there (look like the back end of papaya to me), but the frame ?) at the bottom looks fantastic with its old cracked look.

Keep on!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Zilpa on December 29, 2016, 08:56:53 AM
 :thankyou: Val and Mea, Val you are partly right. They are mandarins on an old wooden windowsilll. I am hoping to be able to get the flaky paint and really old look right.
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Post by: Val on December 29, 2016, 11:42:09 AM
 :doh: Of course! Flaky paint!!! That makes sense now when I look at it. I was close with the oranges...  ::)

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Post by: Danielle123 on December 29, 2016, 06:15:40 PM
Very nice so far anxious to see the end version. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Zilpa on January 18, 2017, 12:04:05 AM

I am really enjoying this process. Combining the burnt wood with the wax to get it looking like flaky paint on an old wood windowsill.
I have not been on much lately as I am busy getting my own gallery together. There is a beautiful old building across the road, used occasionally as a cellar door. I have offered to run the wine tasting for them on Sundays in exchange for the wall space for my art. We are on the main road going through our little town, which has a lot of visitors. A lot of international people and grey nomads. There is no other gallery in town. I will be offering a shipping service with my paintings, so when they get home their art will be waiting for them.
So now I am busy doing bigger projects while still selling my small vegetable and fruit ones on line.
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Post by: Val on January 18, 2017, 05:19:05 AM
Congratulations Zilpa  :heeha: how exciting for you. It sounds like the ideal location and the 'rent' is more than acceptable!  :clap: :clap: :clap: So thrilled for you. I hope we will be seeing some photos of your gallery once you are all set up.

The flaky paint is really looking good.  O0
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 18, 2017, 09:13:04 AM
Zilpa,

That is exciting news!  What a great opportunity.  Sounds like a Win-Win all around.

The flaky wood looks fantastic.  You do amazing things.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 18, 2017, 09:50:37 PM
Awsome zilpa, so happy for your succes.   Congrat
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 19, 2017, 12:03:42 PM
Mazel tov, Zilpa!!! Love how talented, and entrepreneurial, you are!!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 19, 2017, 11:38:25 PM
Zilpa,

A friend (actually one of my students from my senior citizen art class) was showing me her art collection and asked if I knew what kind of painting this was.  I immediately said, it must be "encaustic."  She had never heard of it.  She bought this painting in Paris years ago at a yard sale. Does it look like encaustic to you?  It was painted during the 1940's and had been hanging in a Paris restaurant.  She does not know who the artist was but the initials seem to be "WRAL."  The piece is in really good condition.  The colors are still bright and vivid.



I showed her some of your work.  She was impressed and now she wants to try it.  Can you please share with us the type of wax you use?  Anything we should avoid?

Thanks for whatever you can tell us.

aloha

mea



Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 20, 2017, 06:21:10 AM
 :thankyou: Val, Mea, Danielle and Sacgal, your comments are much appreciated. Mea it is hard to tell without seeing the actual painting, but it looks like it could well be encaustic. Mea there are boxes of different coloured blocks available, I used to buy them online, but now I buy blocks of clean beeswax, damar resign and dried pigment to create my own. buying the box is the easiest way to try it out to start with. If it is something you want to carry on with then it is definitely a lot cheaper to make your own. The blocks are very strong in pigment and can be made to go a lot further with clear encaustic medium, which is the paint without the pigment, so it is the wax and resin which also comes in blocks. In the pack you only get one of those and you need more so get that seperate in granules and melt it yourself.
You will need to search your area for supplies but, the easiest way is to buy them online as it is not something all art stores stock. I would suggest to buy a starter kit.




Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 20, 2017, 07:28:48 AM
Thanks, Zilpa.  I had wanted to try it before but didn't.  Maybe now that I have someone to do it with, I will get moving on it.

Will let you know how it goes.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 20, 2017, 08:42:53 AM
Zilpa,

I looked on Amazon and found several different beeswax.  But, the reviews all complained about a terrible plastic "ashtray" odor.

Is there a particular kind of beeswax that you use, or do they all smell like that?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 22, 2017, 11:12:26 PM
It has to be pure beeswax bleached naturally not with chemicals. It does not smell like that at all. They must have had the heat up too high. Sure there is a bit of an odor but more like burning a candle.
And the painting sets instanly so no lingering smells like with oils.



Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 22, 2017, 11:24:58 PM

Here is my completed project. It took me 27 hours from start to finish.

I think I will call it Drying Out.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 23, 2017, 12:31:03 AM
Gorgeous Zayn! The textures are amazing!!!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 23, 2017, 05:20:57 AM
 :thankyou: Val. I am off to buy more wood tomorrow. I am thinking of going bigger. Like about 3' or 4'. Imagine the hours that will take.  :2funny:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Gita on January 23, 2017, 06:09:14 AM
Wow, it´s wonderful!  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 23, 2017, 06:23:37 AM
:thankyou: Val. I am off to buy more wood tomorrow. I am thinking of going bigger. Like about 3' or 4'. Imagine the hours that will take.  :2funny:

 :eek: All I can say is there is a vast difference in time frame between you and me!  :faint:    :2funny:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 23, 2017, 09:30:36 AM
Wow, Zilpa.  This looks great.  The cracked (aged) wood is magnificent.

I bet this will sell quickly.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Happychappy on January 23, 2017, 12:23:52 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wow, Zilpa, the textures are outstanding and I wish you much success in the sale of your art.  Patricia
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Danielle123 on January 23, 2017, 06:49:13 PM
So lovely Zilpa you have great control of your medium.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: JayJ on January 23, 2017, 10:18:12 PM
Lovely Zilpa!
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on January 26, 2017, 07:13:15 PM
I love it... something about it.

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on January 27, 2017, 02:18:16 PM
Zilpa,
Since you are our big expert... I hope you don't mind me asking a couple of questions.   My daughter wishes to try encaustic, and I am concerned about safety.

1) Can a hairdryer be used to fuse each layer of encaustic medium, instead of a heat gun or a torch?   I understand it is made of beewax and dammar resin, and melts at 75-80C.


2) Can I use an old kitchen dish warming surface, instead of buying a heating palette?  I think it would be warm enough and safe if used with a surface thermometer.

I know about ventilation to disperse aldehyde fumes.

Thank you.   
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on April 12, 2017, 01:32:14 PM
Hi all i am so sorry i have not been on for a long time, time has got away from me. Annnie, yes to both of your questions. You can use a hair dryer and I uae a platewarmer for my heated palette. It works fine just make sure you get a flat thermometer to keep on the palette so that you don't over heat the wax. You want to keep it at a melted state but not so that it gives off fumes. I use an electric heat gun and don't have a torch. It really depends on the effect your daughter is after. Because I am into realism, i just want to fuse my wax, not blow it around, besides I dontt want to use a torch inside the house. If i had a big studio I might consider it. Again sorry about the delay in answering, I hope it still helps.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on April 12, 2017, 02:00:37 PM
As promissed Mea, here is my current WIP
The Oddfellows Hall
As with all of my work, I have made the frame work so it will be ready to hang. It measures 48" x 28"
This is taking a huge amout of time, but will be a big ticket item when finished. I will be showing it in the actal building which is across the road from me. My target audience for this one are the locals as they are mainly wine producers, they can afford it. They are the sort of people that fly to Wimbleton just to see the tennis.
 



Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 12, 2017, 02:16:13 PM
Great to see your work again, Zilpa.

Looks like you have really been busy.  Looks like you have found the right piece for the right clientele.

Do pop in as often as you can.  We have missed you.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on April 12, 2017, 02:33:43 PM
This is awesome Zilpa. What a showpiece this is going to be!  :heeha:

My but you must have an incredibly steady hand and patience....  :doh: I'd be in the rubber room!  :D

Looking forward to the end result of this piece.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on April 12, 2017, 02:46:28 PM
Thank you Mea and Val, it will take a while yet but I am enjoying the challenge.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on April 13, 2017, 05:20:08 AM
Thank you very much Zilpa  :thankyou:  I appreciate you took the time to stear me in the right direction. 

I am not inclined to encaustic myself yet, but my daughter is keen to try.  So, I bought some cakes and medium when in Boston from Blicks.  Collected a large griddle, a surface thermometer, bristle brushes, and decided at the last minute to also get a temp regulator.  Small fire extinguisher at the side is a most in my opinion... even outside.  My daughter insisted on buying silicone brushes with the griddle.  I only later realized the confusion between bristle and griddle.  It may make a nice texture.

For safety reason, we will try this outside when the weather is warm... snow again today.  So should be good to start sometime in May.

No torch.  The only heat gun I found in the hardware store was set at a minimum setting of 400F, way above the safe 200F... hence my question about the hair blower.  So happy it is hot enought to fuse the layers.

I have read a few books, we watched video together.  But as often many contracdictory advices.  Hard to sort the knowledgeable artists from the croud on the web... thank goodness for PB.

Here is the plan:  use an old sturdy table, put it on rooling wheels (coasters?),  rool it from the garage to the front lawn.

Many thanks Zilpa  :flowers:

P.S. Love the way you you have mastered burning the wood and applying  waxes.  Hope they sale well.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on April 13, 2017, 07:30:52 AM
Annie please let me know how the brushes go, i have never thought to try silicon brushes, The best way to klean all brushes is to get hold of soy wax and i keep some melted in a tin on the palette and dip the brush in then i wipe it with paper towel. Or else a lot of people just have a brush for each colour grouping and don't wory about cleaning them.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on April 13, 2017, 08:37:08 AM
Great tip. Thanks.  And will let you know how the silicone works.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on April 30, 2017, 01:40:38 AM

I nearly have the fence finished. So far this is 6o hours of burning.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on April 30, 2017, 05:21:05 AM
This is awesome Zilpa! Attention to detail second to none.  O0
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Danielle123 on April 30, 2017, 09:07:01 AM
Awsome work Zilpa, can not wait to see it with the wax.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 30, 2017, 09:31:52 AM
Wow, this is going to be incredible, Zilpa.

I marvel at how you keep the lines so straight!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on April 30, 2017, 09:10:41 PM
 :thankyou:Val, Danielle and Mea. I am hoping to start with the wax next week some time. As this is my most detailed one yet, it is taking a lot longer than anticipated. Having to use the easel due to the size, I am finding that I can only do abour 4 hours a day as to avoid shoulder pain. I do about an hour at a time before moving around. I have started constructing my next frame so that when I have finished burning this one i can split my time between burning and painting. I am really enjoying the size of this one, which surprises me. So the next fine day we have here, I will get out the camera and find my next subject.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: dennis on May 01, 2017, 12:21:09 AM
I'm impressed  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 01, 2017, 03:11:15 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis. I thought it time to get serious and go big. Now I have somewhere to hang and show larger paintings, I want to make use of it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 07, 2017, 01:18:47 AM
 Yessss part one done.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 07, 2017, 07:40:39 AM
Zilpa

WOW- such incredible detail.

You are an amazing artist.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 07, 2017, 02:17:22 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, now I start with colour. The best thing about using wax is, if I am not happy with a part i have done, I can scrape iy off and redo it. It is not a waste of wax, unlike with paint because, I can save the scrapings and reuse them.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on May 08, 2017, 06:30:52 PM
 :yippee:       :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 09, 2017, 01:55:30 PM


It has taken a while but I am finally adding colour with encaustics. It took me two hours in prep yesterday to create new colou blocks mixing dry pigment with the clear encaustic medium, (which is beeswax and demar  crystals melted together).
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on May 09, 2017, 06:16:09 PM
Amazing...  :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 09, 2017, 07:44:26 PM
 :thankyou: Annie.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on May 09, 2017, 11:49:46 PM
Really coming on now. Love the sky colouring against the roof.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 12, 2017, 11:43:15 PM
 :thankyou: Val.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 12, 2017, 11:45:48 PM

I have started on the stonework, I am really happy with the effect so far. I have decided to really make the bricks stand out too.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on May 13, 2017, 02:11:27 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: This is so exciting to see! I always thought there was nothing more exciting than watching w/c dry doing its thing.... the wax is pulling a very close second! Wonderful stuff!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 13, 2017, 02:19:20 AM
Zilpa

This is really looking good. So exciting to watch it develop



aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 13, 2017, 04:12:20 AM
 :thankyou:Val and Mea, I am really loving creating this one. I think it is the one piece I feel most passionate about.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 16, 2017, 09:51:22 PM

Today I tackled the projection room, most of which is completed. The painting is a lot quicker than the burning. Now for me the trick is to get my next board made and the next scetch done, so that I can carry on or it can take me up to a week to get started again.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 16, 2017, 11:06:14 PM
Zilpa,

This is amazingly good!  So realistic.

Absolutely your best work yet.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: TeresaM on May 16, 2017, 11:55:19 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on May 19, 2017, 07:23:49 AM
Magnificent job Zilpa  O0    I'll bet you're not half as thrilled as I am!  :heeha:     :yippee:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on May 27, 2017, 05:35:18 AM
Wonderful!  Love your work and the warm feeling the wood give to your painting.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Danielle123 on May 29, 2017, 04:09:50 PM
Zilpa this is fabulous. .....
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 30, 2017, 07:54:06 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Teresa, Val, Annie and Dannielle. This is taking longer than I thought, but then again I am also busy painting the interior of the hall, before installing the hanging system. We are aiming to open around spring, which is around September.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 30, 2017, 08:03:45 AM

The foreground is nearly done, then the fence and trees to go.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 30, 2017, 08:54:32 AM
Fantastic.  Such incredible detail, Zilpa.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Happychappy on May 30, 2017, 12:27:00 PM
Zilpa, I am lost for words.  Your work is outstanding to say the least.  I am totally amazed at what you do.  Just fantastic.


Patricia
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 30, 2017, 02:55:54 PM
 :thankyou: Patricia, I am glad you like it. The foreground and background is giving me more grief than the actual building.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on May 31, 2017, 02:08:13 PM
Zilpa to look at this you'd never know there was a problem.  O0 Almost there.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Win on May 31, 2017, 02:32:44 PM
Wow  :heeha: Zilpa this is incredibly good.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on May 31, 2017, 03:47:35 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Win.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 02, 2017, 05:35:40 AM

I have one more session to go. Just the dark part of the trees. I have done the tops but I think they will show up more when the darks are in place. Tommorrow I will be helping out painting the real building on the inside. The smell of house paint brings memories of my dad back to me, as he was a painter decorator. I am even using his rollers and brushes.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 02, 2017, 08:02:00 AM
Zilpa

It has been exciting to watch this develop.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 02, 2017, 03:39:26 PM
 :thankyou: Mea, I am glad you enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 03, 2017, 11:13:28 PM
I have finally finished.
I hope this was not too repetitive for you.

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 04, 2017, 08:07:21 AM
Zilpa,

Watching this come alive has been exciting.  This is an incredible piece.  I'm sure that the perfect person will snap it up quickly.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 04, 2017, 10:30:41 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, the owners of the building came and saw it yesterday, They loved it,

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 04, 2017, 01:17:49 PM
Great - That should definitely get folks talking about it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Win on June 04, 2017, 03:09:02 PM
Its been lovely watching your progress with this wonderful piece of art. and the finished product is amazing.  :smitten:
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Post by: Zilpa on June 04, 2017, 03:31:07 PM
 :thankyou: Win.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Cath on June 15, 2017, 07:54:08 AM
Wow, really impressive!  It was good being able to watch as you progressed.   :congrats:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 17, 2017, 07:44:53 PM
 :thankyou: Cath, I am glad you like it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 29, 2017, 09:45:43 PM

Hi all, sorry I have not been around lately, but with painting walls in the hall and getting it all ready for my gallery opening plus getting my own paintings done, I have not had time to scratch myself. We have finally set a definate opening for the second weekend in August. It is when the next wine festival is on in town so it all works out nicely. When we finish painting we have the picture rails to do and the lighting. This painting is one I am working on at the moment. With pyrowax I combine what I have learnt here from the drawing classes using heat instead of graphite, and what I have learnt in the oil, acrylic and water colour classes using the encaustic paint.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on June 30, 2017, 02:32:55 AM
Looks like another winner in the making Zilpa! Congratulations on setting the date, best of luck, I'm sure it will be a smashing success.  :gl2:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 30, 2017, 03:20:22 AM
Thank you Val, I am looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Happychappy on June 30, 2017, 05:44:14 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Zilpa your wine glass looks so very realistic and I love it. I love with wooden table too. Gosh, you are doing outstanding work and it is wonderful to see what you are doing.  Best of luck with your gallery opening.  :gl2:


Patricia
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on June 30, 2017, 09:53:19 AM
Thank you Patricia, I am so looking forward to be able to wear something that is not covered in paint.



Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on July 02, 2017, 08:36:04 PM


I got brave today and tackled more of the glass.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: dennis on July 02, 2017, 11:39:49 PM
Looking good  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on July 06, 2017, 01:35:32 AM
 :thankyou:Dennis, i have finished it today.
I am calling it A Shade Of Red.


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Post by: EmmaLee on July 06, 2017, 04:14:25 AM
This is great! I love it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on July 06, 2017, 08:03:35 AM
 :thankyou: EmmaLee. I am glad you like it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on July 06, 2017, 12:07:40 PM
The photo is a bit blurred.... but then that's nothing unusual for me!  ;)   Looks fabulous Zilpa. Your work with the wax just astounds me!  :heeha:     :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Win on July 06, 2017, 12:14:02 PM
I know nothing about this medium so I can only go by what I see, and it looks good to me  O0
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on July 06, 2017, 01:17:26 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Win, sorry about the blurry shot. I should remember to run the photos past the pc before posting it from the iPad.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 06, 2017, 01:24:13 PM
Love the perspective as well as the painting! I, too, know nothing about Encaustic Art - but I do know how to spot a great painting of a wine glass!!
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on July 06, 2017, 02:55:49 PM
 :thankyou: Sharon, from what I have seen and learnt is that the majority of encaust artists use it for abstract work. I have tried abstract but it is not me.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 05, 2017, 12:44:48 AM
Today being a home day, I have been busy making these lovely new encaustic blocks. I have saved a lot of money making these myself. The blocks sold on line are a third of the soze my blocks are and cost around  AUD $50.00 each depending on the series of colour. This lot took 1kg of wax, 125 gm demar resin. All up this cost me around $30 for the lot. There are another 3 blocks in the freezer. Pink, bluey green and indigo.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Annie. on September 05, 2017, 04:40:17 AM
Zilpa, 
Your blocks look great.  The coulors so vibrant.  The cost of coloured waxed is prohebitant in Canada.  My daughter enjoys this medium very much.  She does abstract and doesn't burn the wood.  Simply encaustic gesso followed by layers of colored wax. I am learning to do floating frames for them.

I just got a supply from Blicks which a visiting US friends kindly brought with him.  The little tins (Encaustico) are concentrated and I thin them down by about half with wax medium (BTW a bag of 5 lbs was $150 at the art store here).

I looked in books for recipies to make my own but it is not clear.  They use oil paint 'de-oiled'  on paper overnight, other colour powders.  The later makes more sense to me but no ideas of proportion, good supply, etc.

Love your work. 👏
 
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 05, 2017, 07:50:44 AM
Zilpa

Wow, those blocks look as good as the ones that costs lots more.  You continue to awe me with what you do!

I just saw your wine glass painting.  Super!!  I missed it in July when I was away.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 05, 2017, 02:31:55 PM
Excellent Zilpa. I have been saving the 'droppings' ( :2funny: ) of pastels in a container. Going to try forming a new pastel once I've saved enough.  Waste not want not!  O0

Amazing how much can be saved with a little ingenuity.  :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 05, 2017, 03:07:45 PM
 :thankyou: Annie, Mea and Val. val there is nowhere I can find that tells you how much pigment to use.  I do mine with 1 kilo blocks of wax to 125 grams of damar crystals and guesswork for the pigment. The lot I showed you I feel had too much pigment in them so I have cut them in half  melted them in the molds I made them in and filled it up with new medium. They still look as vibrant so I think next time I need to cut the amount of pigment in half. Though in this case it worked out well because now I have colours for the cards in the gallery and for big projects at home.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 15, 2017, 01:10:33 PM
 Hi all, here is the latest big project I am working on. so far this is 26 hours of burning. This is of a photo taken during one of the many floods we have in this town. I am working on this at the gallery mostly and bring it home on the 2 days I am not open to work on then.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 15, 2017, 04:11:04 PM
Zilpa,

This will be an incredible treasure when it is done.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 16, 2017, 12:32:51 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, there are a lot of people waiting for this one to be finished.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Win on September 16, 2017, 02:03:57 AM
Its looking good so far, looking forward o seeing it finished  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 16, 2017, 04:29:01 AM
 :thankyou: Win, so am I. I have been asked to do a commission on another building, but I don't do commissions, as I can not handle the pressure. I told them, that I will do their building as my next piece. if they like it they can buy it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 18, 2017, 02:42:19 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:   Zilpa this is going to be a piece much in demand I think.  O0   Do you photograph your encaustics to sell as giclees at your studio? I bet they'd be a great hit! Especially when they are of landmarks of their town or places they know and love. People do love pieces that are familiar and hold meaning for them personally. Something to think about...  ;)
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 27, 2017, 03:42:08 AM
 :thankyou: Val, I have not thought of doing prints, I am not sure I like the idea, but might need to think about it.
i was having a problem with bees today, I think they want their wax back. I kept telling the that I bought it elsewhere, but they did not listen. lol


Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 27, 2017, 04:24:01 PM
You just tell those bees to mind their own beeswax!  ;)    ;D

The prints are just a thought to keep in mind should you find you need a little extra cash flow. 
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on September 28, 2017, 02:06:50 AM
I am finding the small cards I paint are my bread and butter. I do them in about 3 minutes and get $10 each for them. Because the people see me doing them, they buy them as I do them. I have just started on a Christmas collection. I will put them out next month. I work on my big pieces in between customers and on my days home. I am also putting the small ones on FAA so there is always a chance to make even more on them. I have just ordered a display rack for them to tidy things up a bit. I did get postcards printed of the big one I did of the gallery building with my webpage details on the back. I ordered 500 and they cost all of 20c each. I am selling them for $2 each. They are the only postcards relevant to this town being sold so they are starting to be popular among the locals and travelers.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on September 28, 2017, 05:22:23 AM
Sounds wonderful Zilpa, I think you have all the basics covered! I wonder if I'll ever be that prolific, three minutes!  :crazy2: I can barely rough sketch a small outline in that time.... and most certainly not saleable!  :tongue:     :2funny:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 28, 2017, 06:46:34 AM
Zilpa,

So happy to see that all your hard work is paying off.  So exciting to hear such positive news.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: dennis on September 28, 2017, 06:10:23 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 23, 2017, 07:27:56 AM

Here is one I call Steps & Stones. It is nearly finished. I will be getting this one framed without glass. I am having warping issues so have decided to save myself the hastle, instead of making boards, i will just get them framed. that will save me a lot of time and heartache. I have glued in some more supports on my big church picture, so all being well, I will start painting that tomorrow.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 23, 2017, 09:05:24 AM
Zilpa,

I love this.  The bricks and wood grain look so real!!

You do such incredible work.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on November 23, 2017, 10:32:14 PM
Zilpa, the amount of detail and accuracy you create in your work is astounding. Another banner piece.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on November 24, 2017, 01:09:43 AM
 :thankyou: Mea and Val. I finished tis one and have started painting the church.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on November 24, 2017, 03:33:55 AM
Will look forward to seeing the progression.  :gl2:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: TeresaM on November 26, 2017, 02:48:08 AM
Looks like your heading towards another fantastic piece of work. Your talent inthis styleof artwork is outstanding  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Win on November 26, 2017, 03:37:44 AM
Amazing work.  :smitten:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on December 09, 2017, 01:18:09 AM


Another big one on the way. This has taken 80 hours so far. I have been asked to hang the other in a specific art show around Easter time, so this will replace the old building one. I have a chance of winning $5000 with that, so fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Win on December 11, 2017, 02:43:52 PM
Wow thats fabulous  :smitten:......shall cross my fingers for you but Im sure its not needed  :gl:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on December 13, 2017, 01:38:28 AM
 :thankyou: Win, some public recognition would go a long way. One can only keep trying.

 
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on December 13, 2017, 03:12:49 PM
With work like this it will be impossible not to attain recognition. This is going to be yet another masterpiece.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Cath on December 30, 2017, 03:26:13 PM
Your work is amazing Zilpa.  Definitely keeping fingers crossed for you.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 01, 2018, 11:03:24 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Cath. Happy New Year every one. I finished the old year with a sale and had one the next day in the new year as well.  :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 01, 2018, 11:11:12 PM

I have finally finished it.
As Above, So Below
48" x 30"
Pyrowax on wood
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 02, 2018, 08:35:24 AM
WOW!!!  :heeha: That is brilliant Zilpa. I don't know that I would be brave enough to attempt those reflections in the calm water. Mirror image! Brilliant execution. I need another word here..... Banner! Banner job!  O0     :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 02, 2018, 09:02:47 AM
Zilpa

As always you delight us with your creativity and attention to detail. 

The glass-like look of the reflection on the still water is incredible.

You are the encaustic master!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 02, 2018, 09:03:45 AM
What a great way to end/start a year!!

Congratulations, Zilpa.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 02, 2018, 03:21:01 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Mea, I must say, those moments throughout the painting process, where you think it is going all wrong and in the end it turns out, were a real nightmare for me in this one. Today I am starting on a smaller one 16"x 20". I am thinking a landscape looking through an old window. If it works, I might do it as a large one next.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Cath on January 02, 2018, 03:55:58 PM
You stand high in my esteem doing such amazing work with encaustics, Zilpa.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers:

Your next project sounds really interesting.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 02, 2018, 03:57:59 PM
WOW - those reflections are remarkable!! As is the painting! And I know that feeling well about a painting that's going wrong and then it turns out all right at the finale - lots of stomach aches along the way. But it's all worth it when it's done. Can't wait to see your next one!
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Happychappy on January 03, 2018, 12:35:42 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Zilpa, you are amazing with your Encaustic Art.  It boggles my mind and I so admire your work.  Great job with the reflections ... absolutely fantastic.


Patricia
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 03, 2018, 09:25:15 PM
 :thankyou: Cath, Patricia and Sharon, I am glad you like it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 07, 2018, 12:50:37 AM

I decided to try my pyrowax on paper. So this is my first burning on paper. I was surprised that it actually takes longer than burning on wood.


Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 07, 2018, 09:32:06 AM
Zilpa,

Looking good, but what kind of paper did you use?You are so daring; I admire that in you.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 07, 2018, 09:45:53 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, I am just using some paper out of a cheap sketch pad. By memory it is about 150 gsm. Now I see how it works I will use good paper next time. If  or when I do it again.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 07, 2018, 03:58:26 PM
  :clap: Good on you Zilpa!  I'd have most likely burnt the house down!  :eek:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Bill76434 on January 07, 2018, 11:48:51 PM
Zilpa, I find your work wonderfully fascinating  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 08, 2018, 11:57:59 AM
 :thankyou: Val and Bill. I love experimenting and challenging myself.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: TeresaM on January 09, 2018, 02:28:00 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: another masterpiece on the way
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 12, 2018, 08:49:59 AM
 :thankyou: Teresa. I am glad you like it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 12, 2018, 12:13:30 PM
Love your new avatar Zilpa.  O0
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 13, 2018, 04:24:37 AM
 :thankyou: Val.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 13, 2018, 04:30:39 AM
I have gone back to wood. I did not like the smell of the paper burning. So I have redrawn my picture on a 20” x 16” ply board. It is still a work in progress but hope to finish it tomorrow. This is from a photo taken by me, and I used the grid method to transfer it.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 13, 2018, 05:40:30 AM
Zilpa, i would love to be a bird on your shoulder and watch you create your works. Such an amazing treat that would be!  :heeha:

 :eek: Not like a vulture or anything.... just a little one.  ;)        ;D
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 13, 2018, 08:03:43 AM
Zilpa,

Looking forward to the finished product.  Has a lot of promise even at this stage.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 13, 2018, 12:05:06 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Mea, Val I will need to set up time lapse photography. I am thinking of getting one of those little cammeras that strap onto the forehead. Might look a bit funny to the customer walking into the gallery though.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 15, 2018, 12:13:50 PM
I am just working on the walls now.

Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: TeresaM on January 16, 2018, 04:01:22 PM
Great work so far you do have a steady hand :clap:
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Zilpa on January 17, 2018, 02:22:32 PM
Chaise Longue
20” x 16”
Pyrowax

This one took 21 hours. I have got into a routine now. The gallery is open 5 hours a day.i make sure I am creating four of those hours. I used to stop work when people walked in and tried too hard to be the gracious hostess. :2funny: Now I say hi but keep working while trying to assess if they are customers worth stopping for, or just lookers. It works, because they ask more questions about what I am actually doing and are happy because I gave them attention in a more meaningful way, rather than a sales person. I Still do the card demos, but only to those I think are interested and of course to all children.
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 17, 2018, 03:00:29 PM
Zilpa

Again, you amaze me.  Having had that one minor adventure with encaustics, I have great respect that you have ardently pursued this medium.

The visitors to your studio must be intrigued by seeing something that very few people do.

I love telling my friends about "Zilpa, my friend, the encaustic painter."  Always good for another glass of wine to hear all about it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Encaustic Art
Post by: Val on January 17, 2018, 03:49:40 PM
That sounds like a winning formula Zilpa.  O0   I love the colours you are bringing into this. So looking forward to seeing the end result.  O0