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An Artful Storage Box Decorated with Encaustic Paints
Have you heard of Encaustic Paints? Well, if you haven't, let me tell you ALL about it!
Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word 'encaustic' comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint. This is such an awesome way to create artwork with vibrant colors and textures!
When painting with encaustic paints, it is best to work with untreated wood surfaces. When I was deciding what to paint, I thought long and hard about the project I was going to do. As I looked around and saw random buttons, beads, and needles shoved in different corners of our studio, I knew I needed a home to contain all of my supplies.
I found a little wooden box that was PERFECT to organize my supplies and would work great with my encaustic paints. I painted a couple of flowers with a light blue and yellow background. I love how vibrant the yellow is. It looks like the sun is shining bright behind my flowers. My supplies are now organized in a box that looks like artwork! Who said storage had to be boring?
Here's what you'll need:
- Enkaustikos Hot Sticks
- Small Untreated Wooden Box
- Encaustic Paint Brush
- Hot Palette (or a pancake griddle)
- Heat gun
- Scraping Tool
- Paper Towels
Let's get crafty!
Step 1: Place your paint tins on your hot palette. Wait for your paints to melt completely. Once they are completely melted, dip your brush in your wax medium. Put a layer of wax medium over the top of your box. This will act as a primer.
Step 2: Dip your brush into your blue paint. Put the paint in the center of your hot palette. Clean your brush and dip it into your white paint. Mix your paints together until you have your desired shade of blue. Dip your brush into your mixed paint and paint the lid of your box. Cover it as much (or as little) as you would like. Then, go over your paint with your heat gun or embosser to fuse the paint. Clean your paint brush.
Step 3: Paint a layer of yellow paint over the blue layer. Once again, cover as much or as little of your lid as you would like. Then, go over your paint with your heat gun or embosser to fuse the paint. Clean your paint brush.
Step 4: Dip your paint brush into your red paint. Paint a small flower on the lower right hand side of your lid. I added a few layers of paint to my flower to really give it texture.
Step 5: Paint another flower on the upper left hand side of your lid. Add multiple layers of paint for texture. Clean your brush
Step 6: Dip your brush into your blue paint. Put the paint in the center of your hot palette Clean your brush and dip it into your yellow paint. Mix your paints together until you have your desired shade of green. Dip your brush into your mixed paint and paint stems on both of your flowers. Once again, add as many layers are you would like to give your stem texture. Then, go over your paint with your heat gun or embosser to fuse the paint. Clean your paint brush.
Step 7: Take your sharp tool and run it down your two stems, giving it more texture. You are finished! Put your buttons and beads inside of your box and marvel at your functional piece of artwork! You finished!
CALLING ALL CARD MAKERS!
I decided to do the same technique above, but on a card. You can also use this amazing paint to create your very own artistic greeting cards! Make sure you have good sturdy paper to absorb the encaustic paint. Instead of painting on a stem, I used my scraping tool to expose the blue layer below my yellow layer.