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When creating art…why just play? PLUS a little trick….

When creating art why just relax and play….BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE…FUN!  If you’ve been reading you know I’ve been just playing around with encaustic.  And just a list tip…Encaustics are EXPENSIVE….so I have a little tip….

  • If you take beeswax that you can by at any art or hobby store…mix a small amount of the beeswax with an artist oil pastel (I got the cheap kind knowing what I would be doing with it)  Let it melt and mix…it works like a charm and you have all the colors you want without spending $60 for 6 colors….  just a little tip


NOW, don’t get me wrong I LOVE LOVE LOVE the brand of Encaustic shown and that’s the starter kit I got….I love them but they are pricy to say the least so if you’re playing…like me….some cheaper alternatives are nice.

So I’m driving home from seeing my parents the other night and the sun was setting in such a way the it looked like a trophy descending from the sky…..the sun with the beam of rays coming out in triangle form was just breathtaking and since I’m not the type to come home, whip out my oil paints and create a life-like representation…if you know me I’m just not built that way….it has to be weird and have a little bit of my touch of crazy so here’s my encaustic sunset.  The biggest complement I got, from my husband who although is my biggest fan highly prefers me sitting down and doing a representational oil painting that looks like a photograph….anyway he said…it looks like a trophy!!!  I squealed and said “That’s exactly what it looked like!!!  Thank you!!”  He looked at me like I was crazy thinking…that wasn’t meant to be a compliment but it was to me!!!  My husband paints too and you should see the two of us at an art festival together….it’s hysterical!!  We can’t find each other because we’re always stopping at different tents with exact opposite art!!

But anyway…here’s my crazy version of the sunset and I hope you like it as much as I had fun playing making it.  This is my first BIG encaustic piece.  The others were small 6”x4” boards.  This is 24”x 18″…. So this was a big step for me…

So if you want to play with encaustic, try the tip I gave above and go at it.  You may just fall in love as I have.  A good book to look at as well is

As always if you like the above post “LIKE” it below if you feel up to it, comment if you wish but most of all JUST PLAY!!!   Love and light….WK

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