Encaustic

Encaustic is using a small hot iron to melt wax. You then used the iron to place it onto thick card and move it around until you have made a picture. I tend to draw patterns with it  I like the arched shapes and feathered patterns you can make with the pointed end of an iron.

Other things you would need are newspaper to place the cards on while you are working with hot wax. Pointed heated styluses to draw into and with the wax, a fire blanket to place underneath everything. Cloth to clean the iron between different colour waxes and also soft cloth to burnish the final peice and bring out the shine of the wax.

Our set has about two dozen colours so there can be plenty of choices of wax to create different patterns.

I learnt to do this from one of the workshops our art group organises from time to time.

Spiralling

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S                                                                                                                                   p                                                                                                                           i                                                                                                                        r                                                                                                                 a                                                                                        g                       l                                                                                           n                 l                                                                                                       i

o                                                                                                                                        u                                                                                                                                  t                                                                                                                              o                                                                                                                       f                                                                                                                     c                                                                  .         .                                       o                                                       .                      .                               n                                                       .                                                     t                                                               l                                  r                                                                                              o

I love spirals,

Twirling round and far,

Spiral buns and spiral suns

And spiral galaxies.

I love

Spirals…..

Twisting round

My tongue… making

Tornadoes                                     .               .

And hurricanes       .                              .

Fly around          .

The land.

Mandala

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I like creating kaleidoscopic patterns and this one reminded me of a Mandala I saw years ago.

I used to go to yoga sessions and loved relaxing and meditating. All I need now is some beautiful relaxing music.

By looking at something like this or drawing one you can take your mind away from the stresses of the outside world and start to relax. I understand why people like adult colouring books,  and there is something I have heard of called zentangle, although I’m not exactly sure how that works.

I used to enjoy trying to draw celtic knots but haven’t done any for years. Perhaps that is the next thing to investigate. I wonder what it is that attracts people to pattern making. I know I love to do it.

Patterns

What can I say, I love patterns….drawing in one app then modifying it in another couple of apps. Then multiplying the images…….something in my brain makes me keep going, changing, creating new iterations. Playing with the colours, the tones, the sharpness of the images.

You don’t know when you start how they are going to turn out, but I want them to be satisfying. I do like to add spirals, curves and shading.