This time of year is lovely in Oregon. Autumn colors, incessant rain, re-upping one’s anti-depressant holdings. The other thing I noticed is the amazing number of things that fall from trees.
As any encaustic artist knows, objects can be embedded in wax. Quite literally, everything is embedded. Pigment for instance is just tiny granules of earth and minerals that are held in suspension by the wax medium. But larger things embed very well. It’s one the ways that encaustic art proves it all night long, so to speak.
Here’s a lovely description of the process from Malissa Martin-Wilke who is embracing the whole autumn thing in a thoughtful way. Note what she says about repurposing a piece of copper.
I’m more of a taking-things-out-and-regretting-it person. My favorite tools are my genius lino cutter, the little metal found-object tube I use for scraping molecules of wax, a pocket knife, an iron and a sturdy paint scraper.
Adding things back into the wax didn’t make a lot of sense to me until I saw this:
Look at those lovely shapes! And then of course, this:
Who would guess those are maple leaf stems? They look like fairy walking sticks (okay, I just saw Fairy Tale about the Cottingley Fairies and read a devious short story about said fairies in modern times written by the inimitable Evan Lewis. Fairies abound). Photo at right is not me, though at one time I wished it could have been. Hey, maybe that’s why I write. Hmm.
I harvested these natural wonders in a rain storm, dried them out in the oven, and here are two very small pieces, one more traditional encaustic technique and the other where the wax is used as a glue. Each are about 3 1/2″ x 6″ even though one looks smaller in the photo.