It’s a been awhile since I had time to tinker in my studio. All of the hot, sunny weather we’ve had lately has inspired my family to get out and plant flowers and vegetables and play in the park. This weekend has been cold and rainy – so the perfect excuse to get back to my experiments with encaustics and Terraskin paper. This time I wanted to try different drawing materials on the Terraskin, and see what would happen when I applied encaustic medium over top.
I had little success previously with using oil paint sticks on top of encaustic medium, but I thought they would be good try directly onto the Terraskin. I also had some Neocolor watercolor crayons as well to scribble colors on with.
The oil paint sticks gave a nice bit of color this time, the smooth surface of the Terraskin was still able to grab the paint – almost like using regular wax-based crayons.
The watercolor crayons went on smoothly as well (right-hand side of Terraskin). These crayons behaved exactly like their wax-based Crayola counterparts – very easy to apply lots of colorful scribbles.
Next, I used a thick graphite drawing stick and thin charcoal drawing stick. Both of these grabbed the smooth surface of the Terraskin very well. I preferred the look of the charcoal stick (right-hand side) – good potential for graffiti-like scribbles!
Once I had finished with all of my drawing materials (oil paint sticks, watercolor crayons, graphite and charcoal sticks), I applied two thin layers of clear encaustic medium over top of the Terraskin. Luckily, none of the drawing materials smeared or smudged under the hot wax, which I had worried would happen.
Next, I did some random brushstrokes with encaustic medium and oil paints (small amount of paint used to give a more transparent glaze appearance). The thin brushstrokes allowed the drawing to show through from underneath. I also dripped some encaustic paint on top of the brushstrokes to add to the randomness and bright colors.
I removed the green painters tape that had held the Terraskin to my wood panel, and the piece was complete. The brushstrokes and scribbles give a nice feeling of movement and the bright colors make it a vibrant, happy piece – just what you need on a rainy day!