2 Oct 2011
Watercolor covered with encaustic – alternative to traditional framing
Last year I wrote a popular post about covering your watercolor paintings with resin as an alternative to traditional framing. As you might read last week, I didn’t always have much success with this method, or, should I say – not enough experience to perfect it just yet.
So last week, in preparation for another call for artists, I visited my friend, mixed media artist Nava Waxman, whose main media is encaustic (wax), to try something new – covering 3 small watercolor paintings I just finished with encaustic.
I have seen other media, such as photographs and acrylic paintings, covered with a thin transparent layer of wax which give it a dream-like atmosphere, as if the image is behind a bride’s veil, but I have not seen it on watercolors, and decided to try it myself. Once cold, the wax hardens and is used as a protection to anything underneath. It also create a contemporary look to the work, which is appealing to many and does not require addition framing (unless one does not like that look, of course).
With Nava’s guidance, I also added some delicate scratches on the surface of the encaustic and burnish it with burnt umber oil paint. The paint got into the grooves in the wax, and wiping it off, I left some on the surface to create a thin patina of color.
So, here are the results for you to see and judge. Do you like?
- Watercolor covered with resin – alternative to traditional framing
- 3 New miniature paintings – Anemones