In 2016, I attended a four-day Encaustic Workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology with Clare O'Neill. We learned the intricacies of how the wax reacts to temperature, used torches, and heat guns, and learned how to apply color and markings. It was a lovely four days, and I highly recommend a visit to the Sitka Center on the Oregon Coast.
Later that summer, Encaustic artist Darla Myers invited me to attend a workshop in her studio, and I knew exactly what I wanted to try. I have been intrigued by the idea of transferring my photographs on to wax. And come to find out so was Darla. Together we experimented printing images on Japanese rice papers with an inkjet printer. The rice paper was delicate as it sank into the hot wax and created a subtle transparent effect. We quickly found out the trick is to not add too many wax layers on top or you will lose visibility of the image altogether. It's all too easy to start going crazy with colors and wax. In the end, I discovered that my future encaustic projects would begin with a concept drawing to map out my wax colors and layers. It's fun to play and be spontaneous, but a little preparation goes a long way.
By the way, if you are interested in learning Encaustic, I highly recommend Darla's classes. She has a beautiful studio space, and it makes for a fun, intimate setting for a creative event with friends.