To start today’s encaustic painting, Kimberly had already prepared her panel with a watercolor monoprint, made by pressing a single print onto paper after painting with watercolor on plexiglass. The monoprint served as the underpainting for layers of translucent encaustic paints.
Encaustic paints consist of beeswax, tree resin, and pigment. They are applied in a melted form, and cooled layers must be reheated for each new layer to adhere to the last. Kimberly used a wide brush to apply multiple layers of clear encaustic medium (wax and resin with no pigment) over her print. She used a heat gun and a torch to fuse each layer together.
Over the clear layers, Kimberly painted with encaustic paints to add color and details. She used a variety of tools and brushes, depending on the size of the area she was covering and the size of the details. In one area, the trees at the right side of the painting, she incised lines for branches and trunks, then applied a coat of colored wax, then scraped back much of the wax to leave the color in the low spots and incised lines. She also rubbed oil paint onto the surface and wiped off the excess so that the color stayed in the small grooves and indentations.
After working with details in some areas and broader areas of color in some areas, Kimberly had built layers over her whole piece to create a richly colored Mount Hood landscape with foothills and reflections in water.
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