Converting Pixels to Artifacts

February 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

So much of photography is pixel based imagery exhibited on a screen.  I've decided to explore some different techniques to transform the image into an artifact.  This is my first attempt at mixed media encaustic.  I took a digital image I shot in Paris a couple of years ago and printed it out on a laser printer and fused it to a piece of wood with melted beeswax.  Using a heat gun I melted the wax and watched it soak into the paper and reveal the wood grain below.  I then added a couple of coats of wax to the surface and have started to figure out how to work the wax and deal with its cloudiness as well as the ways in which I can add texture through the use of brush strokes.

 

I think this is going to be a new creative outlet for my work as I am already starting to think about the kinds of images that would be well suited for this process and as I start to explore ways to incorporate paints into the work too.


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