… to creating—and creating with—a new kind of art material.
Note: For the latest images from my explorations with this new art medium, you can follow me on Instagram @e.king.design
Encaustigraphics (or e*graphics) is a process that combines wax, color, paper and light into a translucent art material. By using any image you like—photographs, drawings, sketchbook details, monoprints, older artwork or even doodles—you can easily make lightweight, colorful material that can then be used to create 2- and 3-dimensional forms. E*graphics are easily cut and 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. While we see most art (and life!) via reflective light, e*graphics’ color is transmissive, allowing light to shine through the material, similar to the way we experience the colors of stained glass or images on a computer monitor. E*graphics lift images to another level— they truly glow!
• For those who draw, paint, collage, photograph, make prints, or other 2-D creators: repurpose 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 also 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. You can also check out my Teaching page for more information on how I can share the process with you.