No way around it , encaustic is not an inexpensive art form . From the wood cradle boards , pigments, and the medium itself. I love finding inexpensive ways to just "play" with warm up exercises . Without pressure , or expectations.
In early childhood development we learn that playing is learning. Is that because the act of "play " is not intimidating ? There are no rules, or right or wrong way to play . The child is free to learn from exploration during play . Figuring key factors out as they engage in the act of play. The square will not fit in the round hole but it will fit in the square one. The crayons make fun marks on the paper depending on how I move my arm , my body, and my hand. So does the paint . As adults I believe we can still learn the most through play because the act of engagement is no longer intimidating. Playing is exploring , creating, investigating, engaging , practicing ,and enjoying the process of all of the above. Through that engagement we are going to "learn " what will happen without fear of loss.
These days especially with social media , we expect ourselves to create everything perfectly when we sit down to paint. How often has this stopped us from creating at all ? Or , from trying something new? Playing is the act of beginning to learn a skill or furthering it .
These little guys were done on inexpensive ceramic tiles from the home improvement store . I get them by the box of 100 but even the loose ones are under a dollar each. Encaustic needs to have an absorbent and rigid surface . The tiles are rigid ,and adhering a nice heavy watercolor paper to them like Arches makes the surface absorbent . I use archival book binders glue to adhere the paper to the tiles .
Supplies I used this week:
Each week I list the supplies I used in the video here on the blog for you so that you can see and easily find the items used for that week's technique .
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NOTE: it is much cheaper to purchase the ceramic tiles at the home improvement store :)
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