Shari Replogle here! Super excited to share a variety of techniques
that use stencils in encaustic painting!
that use stencils in encaustic painting!
I love adding marks, lines, and patterns especially with StencilGirl® stencils because they are easy to clean and hold up nicely with heavy use and heat of the hot encaustic wax.
If you have never painted with encaustic before, it is purified beeswax mixed with damar resin which is used to harden the wax over time. Any pigments can be added except for acrylic based products because of their plasticity.
These are the stencils from StencilGirl® that I used in today's project:
There are a variety of ways to create with stencils on the encaustic surface. To begin I paint 3 layers of white encaustic paint onto hard boards primed with encaustic gesso. You can also use primed encaustic boards by Ampersand.
In encaustic painting every layer of wax and pigment that you add must be “fused” (bonded by
heat) to the layer below to form an archival bond. The best way to begin when you are adding stencils is to fuse those first layers of wax very flat so that you can get all those great marks onto an even surface.
I like to build up rich layers of patterns, marks, and colors on the encaustic surface so that you can peer back through the layered history of a piece and view bits and pieces that reveal themselves in all of the previous layers. The dreamy translucency of the beeswax allows this to be possible.
In the following video, I show multiple ways that you can incorporate and apply StencilGirl® stencils in super fun ways to your encaustic painting process. Never tried encaustic? Come on in! It’s highly addicting!
Shari Replogle’s Encausticology studios are in Downtown Cincinnati.
You can find Shari on the following links:
YouTube: Wax on Wednesdays!
Beautiful, Shari . . . love how you use the gel plate to apply color + design! :DReplyDelete
Thank you Glenda ! That's one of my favorites for sure :)Delete
Amazing! Love the colors & technique.ReplyDelete
Thank you Paula !Delete
Facinating video, Shari. Thanks for sharing those techniques. Encaustics intrigue me, but I'm not ready to go there yet. Your video inspires me, though!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Terry ! They will be ready when you are :)Delete
Really enjoyed watching you work! The end results were fabulous! How do you clean your stencils after using the encaustic wax over them?ReplyDelete
Hi Andrea, and thank you ! You can clean them by placing on the heated palette for just a few seconds and wiping them off with a paper towel . I usually turn my heat down a bit on the palette when I do :)Delete
Do you use just plain boards or encaustic boards? These are awesome!ReplyDelete
Hi Tracy, thanks ! For these practice boards I am using plein air type masonite boards that both Blicks and Ampersand make. I love encaustic board by Ampersand ! I also use cradled birch boards on larger works.Delete
Wow, really inspiring! Now I want to go get my griddle and encaustic paints out!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jennifer ! I hope you have fun with this one :)Delete
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I try many of the ideas you teach and they come out decent because you are a wonderful instructor for someone like me new to encaustics and loving it!
I am currently experimenting with cyanotype as well.
I have a question, if I may, when using pan pastels or R&F oil sticks on paper should a fixitive be added on top before applying wax?
By the by if you come to teach in FL let me know!
Thank you, Denise Millheim