Encaustic printmaking: stenciling (pt 1)

I was interested in different types of applying encaustic to create a true fine art print. Stenciling (aka pochoir) is an acceptable method. So, how could this be used using encaustic paint?

After reading about a few methods, I gave it a try with a paper peacock stencil.

Above: Painting encaustic paint over the stencil. This probably would have been better if the paper stencil laid completely flat. The outcome, has a lot of bleed between the segments. (Sorry for the shadow of another print under the yellow/cream sheet. The wax really does make the paper translucent.)

Above: Painting encaustic over the stencil after laying a coat of clear medium over the stencil. A lot of bleed again. Probably due to the lack of flatness of the paper stencil. I can probably work back into these and find something interesting.

Above: Painting inside the spaces directly on the hotplate. After careful lifting of the stencil and placing the paper carefully, progress!

Above, The last try, using more appropriate colors, and fussing a little once the stencil was pulled but before dropping the paper in. I’m feeling much better about this application. Even the light patterning with drops of the cerulean into the aquamarine shows up nicely.

Well, I think I’ve ruined the stencil, but it did its job. I’ll try the techniques again with plastic, heat resistant stencils and write that up. Every step forward is a good one.

Thanks for reading. In gratitude-

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