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"Untitled 17” encaustic on cradled wood , 14x18"
Making a painting using StencilGirl stencils at their request was easy.. I am a fan of the bold, geometric, repeating patterns of StencilGirl designer, Michelle Ward, and frequently use these specific shapes in my art.
Mixing the stencils of one designer is easy.. the shapes compliment each other seamlessly. They are timeless, handsome and chic. In this encaustic painting, I used 5 different stencils to create a monochromatic abstract. I love how layering the stencils and slightly varying the tone of the wax effortlessly creates an ethereal look.
Carving the shapes out of the wax using the stencil is very easy. I also like to carve the shape into the wax and fill it with a contrasting tone. The larger sized shapes make this fun. Metallic gold wax anyone? Delicious.
“Carnival” , encaustic on cradled wood, 16x16"
My first painting is what I would call stencil heavy, whereas in this encaustic painting, I used one stencil as an accent only. I love the contrast of the pale background and the bold pattern peaking through just a little. I use stencils a lot this way.. having only a small hint of the design peak through layers and layers of paint; in this case, layers of wax and encaustic medium.