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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 06 June 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213048
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  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 130
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $12.95
  • Series: Search Press Classics
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Encaustic Art


Painting with Wax by Michael Bossom

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Book Description

Michael Bossom shows how to create encaustic art using an iron and molten wax. He explains this ancient artform from the tools needed to the basic technique and beyond, to creating simple abstracts, impressive landscapes, fantasy paintings and delicate works of art using further techniques.

Encaustic art is an ancient art form, nowadays practised by using a hot iron and other tools with molten wax on a non-absorbent surface. Internationally renowned expert, Michael Bossom, explains how to get started, from the tools needed to the basic techniques of smoothing, dabbing, marking and working with the point of the iron, and beyond, to creating simple abstracts, impressive landscapes, fantasy paintings and more. Clear instructions, helpful tips and step by step photographs build the reader's skills, working from simple techniques through to impressive effects with wax. Finally, learn indirect wax transfer methods to produce beautiful, delicate works of art. Perfect for beginners to encaustic art, with plenty to inspire experienced artists to hone their skills and branch out.

* Internationally renowned author with a high profile in the UK and US
* Encaustic art made simple for beginner,s with inspiration for experienced artists
* Clear instructions with step-by-step photographs
* Build skills working from simple greetings cards to beautiful paintings

Table of Contents

Tools and materials
Basic techniques
Developing your technique
Realistic landscapes
Wax transfer techniques

About the Author

About Michael Bossom

Michael Bossom has successfully developed a wax painting company - 'Arts Encaustic'. He sells, promotes and demonstrates his products nationally and internationally.


Library Journal

Artist Bossom’s slim guide provides basic information on the necessary tools, materials, and processes of encaustic, a craft-heavy, process-oriented painting technique that uses melted colored wax in place of watercolor, acrylic, tempera, or oil paint. Readers can follow detailed exercises to get a feel for using encaustic irons and styluses to melt and apply wax as they might use a paintbrush to apply paint. Other instruction guides readers through basic and more advanced techniques to produce realistic landscapes, fantasy scenes, and abstractions in the vivid, luminous hues encaustic affords. A section on transfers demonstrates how to produce transfers on paper and fabric. VERDICT Readers of beginning and intermediate skill level who are interested in both crafts and fine art will want to check out this guide.

VERDICT Readers of beginning and intermediate skill level who are interested in both crafts and fine art will want to check out this guide.

Not Compulsory

I have a few kit basics to hand, and have merely dabbled with this ancient artform; barely 'scratching the surface' so to speak, but I don't think there is any easier way to paint amazing fantasy scenes or create impressive landscape formations in the form of colourful and vibrant pictures than using molten wax, an iron and a just a few basic tools on card or special papers. It was quite coincidental that a craft book called Encaustic Art PAINTING WITH WAX was in my book box of new craft book releases, and, curiously, I fetched out a project book that I already had in my possession called Encaustic Art Project Book and saw it was another Search Press publication and by the same author, Michael Blossom. Obvious it is then, that if you have any mind picking questions to do with the art, then encaustic artist and demonstrator Michael Blossom is your man! In his sessions and in his books Blossom explains the tools needed to do basic technique and beyond, from creating simple abstracts to more delicate works of art using further techniques

Encaustic art, as you probably know, is painting with wax. Michael introduces the basic techniques and demonstrates with a minimum of excess detail what you can do with the medium. If youre new to this, you might find that it progresses with somewhat breakneck speed, though apart from hot irons instead of brushes, the creative process is no different to conventional painting. On the other hand you might feel heartily glad not to have the blindingly obvious spelled out at every step.

Combine this with the associated Project Book and youll have plenty to keep you happily occupied.

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