Category Archives: Forms

Posts featuring the wide variety of forms that can be created using encaustigraphics or e-graphics.

Oak Ogee mobile

I’ve been having a lot of fun learning to create mobiles using music wire and encaustigraphics. They’re a perfect pairing of strength and lightweight color.

Oak ogee mobile
Oak ogee mobile

Sunflower House

Evening sun illuminates an 18″ driftwood construction framing a large encaustigraphic with a beautiful sunflower and its spiral seedhead. Small additions at the base made from glow in the dark polymer clay, and the shadow of a mobile punctuates the front.

Sunflower House
Sunflower House

Simple nothing on a cloudy Sunday

simple nothingThe creative impulse can leave me laughing sometimes… I love to put random pieces of leftover stuff together and this is one that caught my eye today. Even on a cloudy day, e*graphic material is luminous, and this funny construction also highlights how very lightweight it is. With only a dried acorn cap as a base, and a hastily wound piece of leftover copper wire as a support, a small nosegay of color is held jauntily in the air. Magic!

Various accordion forms

Altered lotteria cards make up a sample accordion book
Altered lotteria cards make up a sample accordion book

Encaustigraphics are an interesting medium for accordion books. You can easily bind pages or sections with sewing (either using a machine or by hand) or taping (colorful washi tapes or even “invisible” tape), but the material also scores cleanly to create crisp folds. Below are two examples created for an upcoming class at Kalamazoo Book Arts Center—the first shows a layout that uses the idea of discrete “pages” or sections, and the second features a long flow of imagery divided intuitively and then cut and shaped to create a very sculptural book.

Match:Book
Vintage matchbox covers make up a small accordion book.
Jungle:Book
A continuous flow of imagery is an alternative to individual pages or panels for an accordion structure. Creative shaping adds to the interest.

 

Books and other 3-D forms using e*graphics

Scoring, folding, tabs and cutouts let you use encaustigraphics for a variety of sculptural forms. This example is quite simple, but imagine using your own images to create luminous 3-dimensional art. The next class is February 13, 2016 at Kalamazoo Book Arts and focuses on a variety of techniques for using e*graphics to make accordion books. Plus, KBAC’s Accordion Book Show is approaching, so come and try making your own folding structure using this luminous material.

Some simple forms showing the possibilities for using e*graphics in accordion books
Some simple forms showing the possibilities for using e*graphics in accordion books

A new year…

Looking forward to a new year of sharing the e*graphic process with other creative hearts and minds… warm wishes to you all!

E*graphic leaves
E*graphic leaves in all shapes and colors

Light for the Solstice

Layered e*graphic mandala
Layered e*graphic mandala

I’ve been experimenting with layering pieces and parts of e*graphics using tabs, fusing, and cutouts. This mandala also has a glow-in-the-dark center element that appears to float when the lights are turned out.