Documentation of an experiment on painting the Cherry Venture Shipwreck in Encaustic. This will be the largest Encaustic painting that I have attempted to date. The size of the substrate I am painting on is 60cm x 85cm. The technique I am using is different to my usual technique of applying my image.
Stage 1. Prepared substrate. First I made a substrate with Plywood, and braced the back with pine strips. Next I painted the edges black, then attached blue painters tape to keep the edges clean. Then I primed the surface of the substrate with 2 layers of Encaustic Gesso.
Stage 2. Next I applied Alizarin Orange R & F Pigment stick and Blending Sticks with drier over the entire surface, and wiped off the excess with a paper towel. I will now let this dry overnight. Tomorrow I will sketch my image onto the surface with a Willow Charcoal Stick, then begin to lay in darks. Pigment Sticks are oil based painting sticks and are composed of pure alkali refined linseed oil and purified natural plant and beeswax. Blending sticks are Pigment Sticks without pigment, and are great for glazing colours, and can be worked directly into a colour to increase the colour transparency, or to blend colours together on the surface. They are made from Linseed Oil and Natural Waxes.
Stage 3 was leaving the underpainting to dry overnight.
Stage 4. I outlined the ship and added some pigment sticks with blending stick. Added some molten Encaustic to the foreground.
Stage 5. More pigment and blending sticks added and more foreground in hot Encaustic. Have fused it, and will now leave for a few days for it to cure some more.