I have been sooo dragging my rear on the Encaustic Materials Handbook ebook that it has grayed out my will to live. The next time I suggest taking on a writing project like this, someone just get an illegal firearm and take me out. It’s not worth it–this niggling, petty attention to detail that spoils each day and haunts each night.
Ugh. Let’s say that again: Ugh.
Rumored to approach the high seventies Fahrenheit today, spring is now visiting the Willamette Valley, Oregon. But don’t worry, it won’t last. We’ll get the April through July monsoons soon enough. The Theory and I are undertaking a new extra-curricular project–beekeeping. Yes, we’re getting a beehive starting next weekend. As soon as The Theory has finished assembling the hive, I will paint the exterior with encaustic. I’m thinking of making a batch of basic encaustic medium with filtered yellow wax and damar resin, then adding a touch of Rublev Vincenza Earth. If you haven’t checked out the Natural Pigments site, you should. All the colors are beautiful, and Vicenza Earth is an especially sweet golden white.
The beehive is made of recycled cedar from an old fence–that’s how green this project is. I’m planning to heat the wood in sections with my heat gun so that wax penetrates deeply. Did I mention it rains a lot here? I’ll post some pre- and post photos of the encaustic beehive.
Wax and honey
We won’t be able to harvest much honey or wax for a year, but when we do, I’ll be able to use home-grown beeswax for encaustic. Here’s an image of the kind of hive The Theory is building:
Because I feel guilty, here’s a link to the site where the image came from.
Encaustic Materials Handbook. Enough of this fun. I have to go back to editing the monster.