I have been getting some questions about pouring Envirotex Lite over encaustic art pieces. Rather than just say “yes, go ahead, I have seen other artists already doing this…” I thought I would show you a piece in progress.
My friend Nancy offered me one of her encaustic class experiments. I did not want to work on something important, just in case my first sample didn’t go well.
What is Encaustic? Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.
Here is a closer look at the layers of wax Nancy built up onto her board.
My first test is to show you the difference Envirotex Lite makes over dark and light sections.
I have taped several areas on the board and I will pour resin over these areas only.
I will let this cure overnight and show you my results tomorrow!