Category Archives: Forms

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

Petal forms

Petal forms
Petal forms

These flower forms were made by layering hand-drawn outlines with various colored backgrounds, printing, and then turning them into e-graphics. They were cut into the flower shapes and linked to one another with hair-fine copper wire, then suspended from a hook looped through a butterfly clip fastened to the window frame.

Cutting shapes

Cut shape mandala
Cut shape mandala

Encaustigraphics are easily cut with scissors, rotary cutters, punches or craft knives. This small window decoration (about 4″ on a side) sits on a ledge and glows in the light.

Feathers

Feathers are one of the most popular forms I’ve made—people often ask, “Is this a real feather?” even though the colors are so wildly fantastical. Real feathers are often problematic —not even legal to own in some cases— but with e-graphic feathers, you can make as many, in as many colors, as you like! Jewelry applications like earrings or hair ornaments are just two possible avenues for exploration, but I love simply hanging them in a window or from the branch of a plant (so lightweight!) to see the colors in the sun or gently moving in the breeze.

E-graphic feather
E-graphic feather
E-graphic feather
E-graphic feather

Accordion book form

The Beginning of Illumination
The Beginning of Illumination

The e*process creates material that has a surprising amount of strength and integrity on its own, as well as being easy to manipulate. This accordion book, titled “The Beginning of Illumination,” is made of panels about 4″ square stitched on a sewing machine using regular thread. The feather forms at the top are bound on hardened copper wire “quills” inserted into the edge binding. This was part of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Illustrated Accordion show in 2014.

E-graphics as mobiles

mandala suspension
Mandala suspension

This encaustigraphic mandala leads off a suspension of playful pieces made from a variety of materials. The e-process combines well with other materials, including beads, polymer clay (especially translucent varieties), driftwood, wire, and found objects. Although the main circle is 8″ in diameter, it is extremely lightweight and moves beautifully in the breeze.