… to creating—and creating with—a new kind of art material.
Encaustigraphics is a process for creating an innovative material that has the luminous glowing color of stained glass, but with only a fraction of the weight. E*graphics (my more convenient, shortcut name) are made using inkjet prints of any image you like (scans of drawings, sketchbook experiments, details of paintings, graffiti, collages, random marks and doodles, tangle art, photographs of colors and textures—you name it!) combined with encaustic wax. The resulting material is sturdy, but can be easily cut into flat designs or shaped into complex forms with hand or machine stitching or wire armatures. E*graphics have been used to make sculptures, mobiles, books, jewelry, window art and lamps, in sizes from 1” to 6’. While the possibilities still being discovered, most importantly e*graphics offer a way to bring lightweight, glowing color to your art.
• For those who draw, paint, collage, photograph, make prints, or other 2-D creators: re-purpose your images into a vibrantly colorful material that opens up new ways to show and share your creations. (Visit the Forms category for a wide variety of examples… I continue to add interesting examples to this site as I explore what this new art material can do).
• Sculptors: use e*graphics in combination with wire, driftwood, or bamboo armatures— it’s a perfect lightweight 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 components to use either on their own, or 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.
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