The drawings are done on tissue paper and then put into the encaustic painting. Its a fun process and because of its nature, it keeps the drawings loose and fresh. The first step is to get together all the things needed
- printing ink - I used Akua, but there are other printing inks that work great like Daniel Smith printing inks.
- Glass palette
- bamboo skewer
- tissue paper
Step One - roll out the ink with the brayer - can't stress enough that it needs to be a thin layer. Think thin to win!
Step Two - gently place the tissue paper on top of the rolled out ink and weight the edges so it will not move when you do your drawings.
Step Three - Use the bamboo skewer, or end of a paint brush handle or even your finger nail - and draw. Being careful not to touch the paper to hold it otherwise you will have finger prints which is ok, but just be mindful where they are. You will see your line showing through the tissue as you draw your shapes.
Step Four - carefully peel up the tissue from the printing plate and turn it over. You will see your designs printed on the tissue.
|You can see in this photo the "noise" created in the print where the tissue stuck to the ink other than where the lines were drawn. I don't mind a little bit of noise in the print. A lot of noise creates a whole another look to the print.|
Step Five - once the prints are dry - burnish the tissue into an encaustic painting and gently heat. The white tissue will magically disappear into the wax and will leave only the printed lines showing. Cover with a protective layer of wax and the tissue will totally blend into the artwork
|Noisy print on the left and only just a little noise on the right|
Good luck and have fun. Happy Friday everyone!