- Top right=The crayon experiment is clearly not working.
- Middle right=I heat up the REAL encaustic thing in my studio.
- Bottom right=Scraping away 70% of the crayons.
- Left=The end result after several layers of color, fusing with a heat gun, and adding texture via rolling bits of this and that across the surface.
An art therapy Pinterest board featuring a bright, primary colored ‘encaustic’ piece caught my eye last week. The therapist took old crayon shavings, covered the bits with wax paper and fused it together with an iron to create thick wave-like crests of texture. OOoooOo purty
But. Even a newbie encaustic user like myself knows that using melted crayons is a technically lame move because the pigments in crayons are inferior, the wax full of inelegant industrial outsourced cooties.
OH, SO WHAT – the therapist’s painting evoked both the ocean and frosting, two of my top ten favorite things. So I went and dug out a shoebox full of crayons shards and nibs that dated back to 1982, when my oldest daughter started to dabble with crayons at age two. Here is my granddaughter, circa 2 herself, following her own crayon muse.
The beginning of my project from step one of sorting 30+ years of crayons into color groups, to step two and three:
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When I reflect back on life as I entered my fifties, an image comes to mind. It is that of a crazed racehorse hurdling toward the finish line at break neck speed and suddenly coming to a screeching halt, dust flying, head reared back, body frozen in an awkward position, and eyes wide with terror. I felt like I'd been hit over the head with a two by four.