Our members’ meeting on Thursday 25 August was quite an eye-opener and those who missed it really missed out. We were given a glimpse into a whole new world of art-making.
Jann Visser gave us a fascinating demonstration of her technique of “painting” with Encaustic Wax.
The blocks of coloured beeswax Jann used were a rainbow of vibrant colours, mixed and melted by any tool that could heat up, applied to a variety of surfaces in endless combinations of colour and texture.
She used the flat plane of a traveling iron – her favourite tool – for large areas of colour and the edge of it for sharper lines; a stylus, with changeable attachments for fine lines and smaller areas; a heat gun for blasting layers of wax and Shellac into beautiful pastel petals. We were also shown how to scratch into a darker coating of wax to create a negative effect of thin, white lines. Instant and limitless possibilities for experimentation!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, Jann has written a book on the subject of encaustic wax – available in both English and Afrikaans – which is full of tips and projects to get you started. Thanks Jann, for a fun, new adventure in art.