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Collage in Mixed Media on Wood, Holly Suzanne 2012







Collage in Mixed Media on Wood,  Holly Suzanne, 2012

Hello Everyone!  I hope this September finds you in your creative groove.  I’ve been absent from Life In Relation To Art  (my blog) but not absent in my studio, and I’m sending this post out for all of you who follow my blog…Hello;)  Balancing life and art necessitates such careful balance.  It’s good to be able to write you all.

Things in my little slice of the world are moving along and things are emerging in my work.  I’ve been working on some mixed media encaustic collage  pieces for a show coming up in November here in Wichita, as well as a large triptych called “Waterplay” in oil on canvas.  I’ll be unveiling some of the work slowly prior to the show, and have dedicated two days a week to work in my studio, and snippets of other days when I’m able to accomplish the task.

These two pieces were inspired by several cool days here in Kansas, where we had partly sunny skies and occasional rain showers.  As is my preference I like to use discarded paintings in my encaustic collage work as they provide rich and interesting collage papers to work with.   I’ve been noticing the circular design popping up in my work lately.  In these two pieces I used wood glue and shellac in a wet burn technique to create contrast to the softer colors of the papers and wax.

Until next time,

Holly Suzanne




Encaustic Collage

Untitled Mixed Media Encaustic Collage

I don’t think there is any limit to what a person could do with encaustic painting.  The first encaustic collage was done on a wood panel using photocopy transfers, paint, encaustic medium, gemstones, etc. all mixed together into a story of sorts.  The bottom encaustic mixed media collage started with an oil painting I completed a couple years ago that has never felt finished and ended with what you see here.

For those of you who are curious….

here is some info on encaustic from wikipedia:

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used — some containing other types of waxesdamar resin,linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be purchased and used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.

Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface.

This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD, in the Blachernitissa and other early icons, as well as in many works of 20th-centuryAmerican artists, including Jasper Johns.

Kut-kut, a lost art of the Philippines implements sgraffito and encaustic techniques. It was practiced by the indigenous tribe of Samar island around 1600 to 1800.[1]

In the 20th century, painter Fritz Faiss (1905-1981), a student of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, together with Dr. Hans Schmid, rediscovered the so-called “Punic wax” technique of encaustic painting. Faiss held two German patents relative to the preparation of waxes for encaustic painting. One covered a method for treating beeswax so that its melting point was raised from 60 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius (from 140 to 212 °F). This occurred after boiling the wax in a solution of sea water and soda three successive times. The resulting, harder wax is the same as the Punic wax referred to in ancient Greek writings on encaustic painting.

Encaustic art has seen a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s with people using electric irons, hotplates and heated stylus on a variety of different surfaces including card, paper and even pottery. The iron makes producing a variety of artistic patterns elementary. However, the medium is not limited to just abstract designs, it can be used to create complex paintings, just as in other media such as oil and acrylic.”


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Untitled Poppy Collage # 1, 9″ x 12″ Encaustic, Repurposed watercolor painting on rice paper, acrylic paint,  and sharpie on  Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 2, 9″ x 12″,  Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor on Rice Paper, Sharpie, Acrylic, Poppy Pods & Stem on          Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 3, 6″ x 9″,  Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor Painting on Rice Paper, Sharpie, Acrylic, on Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 4, 9″ x 12″, Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor on Rice Paper, Acrylic, Sharpie, on Board.

In these works I started by cutting a failed watercolor painting  on rice paper that I then  collaged with an acrylic medium onto paper.  When that was done I cut it into pieces and composed pieces on four separate panels.  The panels had been painted previously as well and set aside.  The collages were then assembled using encaustic medium, which is a wax medium applied with a certain technique.  I added additional pieces of painted rice paper drawn on with a sharpie to add contrast to the composition.

If you are new to encaustic I suggest checking it out.  I absolutely love encaustic.   It can be mixed with pigment or used as a semi-transparent layer.  I use bleached natural bees wax in these pieces to adhere layers of paper to my board, which was first painted.  To see more of my encaustic work check out this link:  http://hollysuzannefilbert.com/collections/42779.