… to creating—and creating with—
a vibrantly colorful new art material.
First, some quick links:
• I wrote an article on the history and creation of encaustigraphics for the Winter 2018 issue of Encaustic Arts magazine— it includes lots of photographs and some history as well as brief instructions on how to make e*graphics. To read more about the article and how to purchase a copy, I have a post here.
• To see photos of my latest work and many other objects from the archives, you can follow the page links listed on the left. Enjoy!
Encaustigraphics is a process I developed for creating a lightweight sculptural material that has the luminous color of stained glass, but only a fraction of the weight. E*graphics use inkjet prints of any image you can scan or photograph, combined with encaustic wax to make a stable, lightweight material that can be easily cut into flat designs or shaped into complex forms. E*graphics have been used to create sculptures, mobiles, books, jewelry, window art and lamps, in sizes from 1” to 6’. The possibilities are still unfolding but most importantly, e*graphics offer a way to bring lightweight, glowing color to your art.
• For 2-D creators who draw, paint, collage, photograph, or make prints: re-purpose your images into sculptures, window art, jewelry and more. E*graphics opens new options for repurposing your creations in luminous ways. (Visit the Forms category for a wide variety of examples.)
• Sculptors: use e*graphics in combination with armatures like wire, driftwood, or bamboo. They are a perfect medium for mobiles (see examples here and here), and can also be used to make glowing lamps that only need low wattage battery-powered “candles” for illumination.
• Jewelers: create lightweight e*graphic components to use in combination with metal, fabric, wood or polymer clay in earrings, necklaces, ornaments and more.
• Book artists: e*graphics are easily scored, 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. Visit my Teaching page for more information on how I can share the process with you.
For the latest images from my explorations with this new art medium, follow me on Instagram @e.king.design