Yesterday, we looked at encaustic painting, the studio set-up for encaustics, and how to make your own encaustic medium. But working with hot wax isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And encaustics does have a sharp learning curve.
So what’s a person who loves the look of encaustics to do?
Try out faux encaustic techniques, of course!
Faux encaustics with acrylic mediums and paints
Faux encaustic recipes
There are tons of faux encaustic recipes, all of which will give you slightly different end results. The only way to find out what you love is to experiment. Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:
Spreadable Faux Encaustic Acrylic Medium Recipe
Mix together soft gel (gloss) medium, heavy gel (matte) medium and water. Begin with equal parts of gel and add water in small amounts at a time. Stir with a palette knife or skewer until you have a soft spreadable consistency. You can add more water to make it thinner, and play around with the proportion of gloss and matte mediums to change the sheen of the recipe. Apply the mixture over a swatch of light color and let it dry to see what it looks like.
Bleached acrylic beeswax recipe
Mix together 2 parts soft gel (gloss) medium, 1/2 part soft gel (matte) medium and 1 part water, along with a few drops of interference blue and gold. You can add more water to make it thinner if you like.
How to create a faux encaustic painting
The creation of a faux encaustic piece will be similar to encaustics – layers of paint and/or collage with the faux beeswax. You’ll need around 10 or so layers of faux beeswax to mimic the look of encaustics.
Take a look at this demo for an idea of how it’s done: