The other day, I looked at a piece of encaustic art that was one of my very first. I remember (it was 8 years ago) that I had a terrible time learning this wonderful art. There was one book by Joanne Mattera and it was the only thing that I could find to learn from. So, I experimented and kinda learned by doing. No, that was it. I did learn by doing.
I am happy to say that now there are tons of good books, some great dvds (some not so great) and the popularity of encaustic is growing all the time. I love it. I taught encaustic art for a while on line, but I do tend to be honery (I think that is a Texas word, or at least southern). I just do the best best job that I can do and don't take criticism well unless it is constructive and the person knows the art themselves. So, I don't teach for anybody else anymore. And, I am not too crazy about parameters. Maybe most of it was just that online teaching from other people's site wasn't for me. Anyway, I get really honery when I don't work with wax for periods of time. And, so much of the time it is just too too hot in Texas. So, I miss a lot of the year.
Okay, I am long winded here. But, I did do a chapter in my friend Pam Carriker's book Art At The Speed of Light. The book has been out for a time, but it is great. Get it.
Missing being able to work in the heat, I was looking to branch out and find out some different techniques. I have found two that I am crazy about.
One, I will talk about later. But, for now, I have become addicted to doing encaustic art greeting cards. I love them. I have done a dozen for my own home. It is completely addicting and I go to sleep thinking about it. But, again, zero information. There is a lot of information about doing landscapes using an encaustic iron and there were several books, which I got. But that wasn't my style. I want to do flowers.
So, I am studying flowers, looking at books of watercolor art flowers and acrylic flowers. Plus, gardening books. A lot of what I am doing is semi-abstract. But, I think it isn't too hard to tell what kind of flower I want to show. I believe that there is one other artist who is doing this type of work, and that is it. She is amazing, I love her work. But, I am having so much fun taking this farther and yes, I am offering some for sale. Even though, I have started to remove them cause I can't bear to part with them.
Here are a few. Remember, they are done with an iron. A small iron, yes, but am iron. So, there is a lot of serendipity that takes place. But, it is so fun. Just use glossy cardstock of a good quality and you can use a woodburning tool also but you do need one of those rheostats or it starts smoking.
- Pam Carriker-Art at the Speed of Life
- TwoCoolTexans Etsy store
- Collage postcards by Glenda
- GlendaBaileyDesigns shop
- Nancy Lefko mixed media art
- Gail Schmidt-Shabby Cottage Studio
- Felted work by Glenda
- Alisha's blog-Alisha Fredrickson
- Gillian's blog
- Jean-Texas Hill Country Painter
- American Art Moves