Sunday, November 21, 2010

Encaustic with Paper Clay Textures

The last few months I have been experimenting with other surfaces to print or assemble with printed surfaces.  These encaustic pieces are the first of a group of around 50 that will be attached to a 4 foot x 2 foot panel for one of my forest books.  The are used in a stack of digital prints, dyed fiber, metal mesh and assembled with encaustics.  The affect if the colored wax on the surface of the clay can be altered as you melt the wax and it moves around on the clay.  The fired clay piece is rigid and prevents the wax from cracking.  The background for the clay pieces is in the works and will be printed on lutradur.
The stacks of texture start with a bottom layer of metal mesh,  then dyed and frayed burlap, fired paper clay, digital prints on lutradur and/or paper, pieces of fiber and encaustics wrapped.  These pieces are wrapped with waxed linen.  In the detail pictures you can see the wax lightly coloring the clay  on the screen and encasing some of the textures.