Lisa Firke
Artist & Illustrator

Weekly Posts

Painting with Hot Wax

My deepest obsession this past month was a foray into encaustic painting, something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I held back for several years because it’s a much more expensive medium to work in than watercolor or even acrylic/oils. And, too, I don’t like being hot, and encaustics are all about heat. You heat wax before you paint with it, then heat it again to fuse it to a substrate. But the call of this luminous and mysterious medium was too much to resist. I enrolled in (yet another) class via CarlaSonheim.com: Introduction to Encaustic Painting, taught by Stephanie Hargrave. Here’s an example of what you can do with encaustics if you have been working with them for over a decade, as Stephanie has:

Olivia I — 36″x36″ © by Stephanie Hargrave. See more of Stephanie’s work here.

As for my own efforts, here’s what the process looks like, from heating a griddle to right temperature, to melting pots of wax, to preparing panels with clear wax medium before adding further color: