Last summer, I was so freakin' lucky to attend a class taught by Dina Wakley. It was life-changing. No, not becuase I burned my finger. Because I REALLY learned things. A ton of thing. Yeah- a TON. You know you love it when I exaggerate. But I'm not this time- it was a TON of things...
The class was her 'Encaustic Tag Book' class, which I read (I think?) that she recently taught the class for the last time. So if she taught this class near you, and you didn't take it- well, I hope you know how sad that is...
From the sound of the word, I thought 'encaustic' would surely involve some kind of toxic chemical- possibly some kind of explosive. But it doesn't. You know what it means? Good. Tell me. I don't know, and I'm too lazy to research any further. Just know: it involves wax. No, not that way, filthy pervert. And no, not that way, either, Chewbacca.
From the bit of 'research' I did do- there's lots and lots of encaustic-ness going on- there's painting, and there's collage... and.. well, collage is where I'm interested. Also, while doing this 'research,' I came across this disturbing line: "About a year ago, R and F came out with an Encaustic Gesso- it doesn't smell as bad as rabbit skin gesso."
WHAAAAT?!?! GESSO IS MADE FROM RABBIT SKIN?!
Immediately, my life flashed before my eyes- I see each and every moment I've worked with gesso. I see each and every moment that I've stuck a finger in my mouth to get a bit of Mother Nature's natural blending solution (saliva) and rubbed my fingers all over the RABBIT SKIN.
Just as a co-worker began to rush to my screaming side and offer assistance, I finish reading:
"rabbit skin gesso...and unline ACRYLIC gesso....."
Whew. That was a close one. I know for sure that my gesso is acrylic. I remember seeing that on the bottle. But WHAT sicko learned that gesso could be made from the skin of adorable little Peter Rabbit?! Or all the Cottontail bunnies?!
I've somewhat adapted the way I do my encaustic collage and, mostly- it really is just the same. Don't copy me- as it could be dangerous. And when the firemen pull the one household object that survived your fire- don't say "BUT KORY SAID I COULD USE A 10.00 IRON FROM WAL-MART TO DO IT!" Because I didn't. And if your Mom didn't teach you not to jump off a bridge just because Kory does it, well, you deserve what you get.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here's my latest, Miss Dina-Inspired project-
AN ART JOURNAL PAGE!
Upper left: Here's my 'altered book/art-journal in progress.' Most of the pages have white paint randomly smeared across- and left, there's some blue Dylusions that soaked thru...
Upper right: I began by tapping my Barn Door and Broken China Distress Paints on the upper part of the page.
Bottom left: With a mini-mister, I spray the page a coupla times.
Bottom right: Take an old Wal-Mart gift card and smear your paints down, across the misted page.
But why wax the tissue paper onto the piece? Why not just stamp on it? You have to see it in person, really, to properly get the full effect. The wax softens everything and provides incredible depth. Also, just stamping on those layers of paint, the image just wouldn't look like it does here- see:
Okay- I've gotta get going. I've got work to do, I can't just sit here and talk to y'all all day long! Dang!