… to creating—and creating with—a new art material.
The encaustigraphic (or e*graphic) process is an open-ended technique for creating a new kind of translucent, colorful art material that can be formed in a wide variety of creative ways. Using any image —photographs, drawings, sketchbook details, gelliprints, older artwork or even doodles—you can make lightweight, colorful material for creating 2- and 3-D forms. E*graphics are easily shaped, cut, pierced, sewn, wired and combined with other materials, but most importantly, they have the luminous beauty of stained glass with only a fraction of the weight.
Painters, photographers and other 2-D artists: repurpose photographs, art or sketchbook drawings for display in other forms (visit the Forms category for a wide variety of examples… new work is being posted all the time!).
Jewelers: create lightweight components to combine with metal (or for use on their own) for earrings, necklaces, ornaments and more.
Sculptors: try e*graphics in combination with bamboo or wire armatures—a perfect lightweight medium for use in mobiles!
Book artists: e*graphics are easily sewn or bound into a variety of structures, allowing you to create books with a entirely new look and feel.
I’m discovering new ways to use e*graphics all the time, but you and your imagination will take the material in your own personal direction. Check out the Classes page for upcoming workshops—I look forward to sharing the process with you.