Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Envirotex Lite Resin over Encaustic Collage - Part Two

 Good/Great news friends!  
My encaustic experiment is a success!  Yesterday I showed you how I just taped several areas on an encaustic canvas my friend Nancy lent me for my project.  Nancy creates encaustic art with transfers, embedded objects and paint and this was an unfinished board she was will to let me play with.  
The cured resin stripe on the dark red just pops!
I used Envirotex Lite and it cured super smooth and hard.  On the clear wax, the resin is visible but it does not really make an impact like it did on the red section.
 I think if I worked with encaustic collages I would pour or glaze resin over small portions of my canvas so that those areas would pop...and allow the wax to still cover the bulk of the surface 
After all, the wax and all it's magical layering is what the canvas is meant to showcase.
 However, this was an experiment...next I poured Envirotex Lite over the entire board!!
It cured beautifully!
Here is the final canvas.  I think resin still showcases the wax....and now there is a wonderful protective coating over the entire surface.  It looks like I mounted my piece under glass!

15 comments:

  1. Carmi, I can't tell from the pics, did the area you originally poured still pop more than the others, or did it just all even out in a lovely layer of resin-y goodness? I am fascinated by this.

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    1. Once I poured Envirotex Lite over the whole canvas the original stripes just disappeared.
      I really wanted to just leave the stripes...they were so great...but I needed to know what would happen if I covered the whole canvas.

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  2. What about in a month or so or more time? Sometimes Encaustic gets a bloom (a dusty film over it ) and it needs whipping off..... Wonder if something like that might happen? Not doubting you - but I do Encaustic - and sometimes this bloom happens and sometimes - it does not. Wonder if it would grow under the Envirotex Lite? I love the look of it...

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    1. Hi Lucy. I plan to hang this in my studio to keep an eye on it. You are the first to mention a "bloom" so I will give an update in a few months!!!

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  3. Dear Carmi
    I have been following your blog with great interest for quite a while and whilst some of the designs may not have been "my thing" I have always admired the way you approach your "research and development". I have learnt so much from you.
    The posts on the encaustic collage have really captivated my imagination.
    Thank you
    Ulrike

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  4. Carmi-
    That looks great! Your friend does great work. I'd hang that in my house! I like the depth the resin gives it.

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  5. Thanks. Not all pieces develop a bloom. Most of my pieces do not. But if the piece did - maybe the bloom would be under the resin. BUT since it is right next to the wax - it may never develop. I know you should not put glass over Encaustic - bec. of the bloom. Thanks. Look forward to it never developing bloom.

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  6. Thank you for the great lesson in mixed media!

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  7. I am no expert. I recently poured some resin into moulds and it bloomed. I zapped it for quite a while under my heat gun and the bloom vanished. This may or may not work for wax too?

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  8. Hi Heather, sorry, I am not sure what you mean by "bloomed." For technical questions I recommend contacting customer service. http://eti-usa.com/contact/

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    1. It dried looking milky rather than clear. Heating with heat gun cured the problem

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    2. It sounds like your resin was cold. It needs to be mixed and poured at a temperature of no less that 72 degrees.

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    3. TY Carmi. That would explain a lot. I poured in on an exceptionally cold day.

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    4. Poured it! Argghhhh my typos today

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