I once again used a 12x12x1 cradled wood panel..(yes I went and bought more;) I first put down a layer of my beeswax/resin encaustic mixture. My beeswax was yellow but you can also buy white. Next I collaged a few different papers with the melted wax. I drew the face with India ink but that got covered with my oil sticks. I kept working on the piece and eventually all the collage got covered up. I used wax to give her long blonde hair but it looked way too heavy. I got brave and scraped back the wax. This was scarey at first but I'm glad I did it. It lightened up her neck and also revealed some of the initial collage which I turned into a hat. Lastly I fused the top layer carefully. I wanted to make sure the oil stick work fused to the wax without distorting my painting. It seemed to work well. I used my heat gun on high but only skimmed it over the surface. The wax gives it a beautiful satin sheen which I love.
And there you have it. The birth of Simone!
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