… to creating—and creating with—a new kind of art material.
Encaustigraphics (or e*graphics) is a new process that combines wax, color and light into a translucent art medium. Using any image —photographs, drawings, sketchbook details, monoprints, older artwork or even doodles—you can easily make glowing, colorful material for creating 2- and 3-dimensional forms. E*graphics are easily shaped, and can either be used alone or in combination with a wide variety of other art materials, but most importantly they have the luminous beauty of stained glass with only a fraction of the weight.
• Painters, photographers, printmakers and other 2-D artists: repurpose photographs, collages, prints and drawings to make new artworks (visit the Forms category for a wide variety of examples… I add interesting experiments to this site as I continue to explore this new art medium).
• Jewelers: create lightweight components to use on their own, or in combination with metal, fabric, wood or polymer clay to create earrings, necklaces, ornaments and more.
• Sculptors: use e*graphics in combination with driftwood, bamboo or wire armatures— it’s the perfect lightweight medium for use in mobiles (see examples here and here), and can also be used to make glowing lamps that only need low wattage bulbs for illumination.
• Book artists: e*graphics are easily sewn or folded into a variety of structures, allowing you to create books with a entirely new look and feel.
Your imagination can take this adaptable, easily created material in your own personal direction. Check out my Teaching page for more information on how I can share the process with you.