Embossed Metal Encaustics – Lesson Plan
Embossed Metal Encaustics – Lesson Plan

While traditional
encaustic painting requires moving melted wax
to a work surface, the technique used in
this lesson plan is a safer, non-toxic process that
students of many ages will enjoy. I’m Mary Skydama
with Blick Art Materials. This lesson plan is
Embossed Metal Encaustics. First we’ll create a border
about a quarter of an inch in on all four sides on
a piece of metal tooling foil. To emboss, I need to create
a soft surface underneath. I’m using a foam sheet,
but a stack of newspapers would also work just fine. With a wooden tool, I’ve done
a quick sketch on my foil, then I’ll emboss my design
from both sides of the metal. You’ll need to be careful
not to puncture it, but if this happens, a piece of masking tape
on the back side will keep the melted wax
from leaking. Keep in mind that
the deeper wells will hold more wax
and therefore more colour, while the raised areas
will show off the colour of the foil. When the embossing
is complete, you’ll want to turn up
the edges of the border to form a shallow tray. Keep it as flat as possible. We’ll be using a base of
clear paraffin wax that has a relatively
low melting point. This material
comes in a block, but for this project,
it’s been grated. I’m using a heaping
teaspoon here for a project of this size. Next we take our piece
to the heat source. I’m using a warming tray
set at about 175 degrees. You could also use
an electric skillet. It’s important not to use
too much wax as it will obscure the design
if it is too thick. As it melts slowly,
you will see it turn clear. To this clear wax we will then
add candle dye in assorted colours, and if you happen to have
old crayons in the classroom, and who doesn’t, this is also a great way to
use some of those up. Add very small
pieces of candle dye directly onto
the melted wax. A little will go a long way. A craft stick will blend and move the colours
on the foil. Another option is to
draw directly with crayons. If you have an area
that’s too full of wax, a paper towel will
absorb some of the excess. When you’re satisfied with
the way the colour looks, simply turn off
the heat source or carefully move the embossing
to a piece of board. The wax will cool
in just a few seconds, and you can see
that it gets opaque. It’s easy to apply more colour
or manipulate the wax simply by placing it
back on your heat source. When your encaustic is
completely finished you should mount it
to a rigid board to keep it from cracking. Thank you for joining me. A PDF version
of this lesson along with
detailed instructions and materials list
can be found at: DickBlick.com/lessonplans. Captioned by GigEcast

2 thoughts on “Embossed Metal Encaustics – Lesson Plan”

  1. Janice Scott says:

    Lovely technique!

  2. Nicolas Rogerio says:

    legenda em português por favor

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