Category Archives: encaustic

Seascape encaustic card


The sea and sky in this card in real life are much more aqua coloured but neither scanner nor camera would pick out the colours correctly.  I normally do the rocks in ponds with dragonflies flying around but this time I wanted it to look more like the sea so I added some birds (seagulls).

Encaustic cards

Just recently someone gave me a hot tray that they no longer used so I had a go at an encaustic art technique that I saw John Buckland using in an encaustic art DVD. Basically you put your card on the hot tray then apply your wax. You then move the melted wax around with various tools or just a piece of scrunched up tissue. The hot plate that John uses is much larger, has a glass top and a thermostat. Mine is just a narrow hot tray with a steel top and only and on/off switch but it was still fun to try. I made 2 A5 pieces which I cut down to make a few cards. Before I cut them however I photographed them so I can now print them and use them as background papers for other projects.

futuristic encaustic art using a hot tray

A6 artwork in card

Encaustic abstract using hot tray

A7 artwork in card

Draw backs of the hot tray I have:


  • The top of the hot tray has a slight grain to it which makes it difficult and time consuming  to clean
  • It is long and narrow limiting the size of card
  • No thermostat control so you have to keep turning it off all the time
  • It stays quite hot for quite a while


but then it was built for keeping plates and food warm and not for encaustic art.

Abstract encaustic card


Well you would never guess what this started off as….I was trying to do some hot air encaustic cards which I had hoped to would like flowers.  I think I managed every mistake possible: too much clear wax, held the heat gun too close and not only did I blow most of the wax off the card but I also managed to make a big bubble on one side.  Not to worry I added more colours then just scribbled with the stylus tool and threw some wax to make runs of dots with it too.  I cropped the bubble away then used my scribbled abstract for a colourful card.

Card:  white, black, encaustic card
Wax:  various colours, wax sealer
Other:  matching fibres

Encaustic landscape cards



My great friend Lizzie and I were playing with my encaustic kit the other day and we made a few cards each.  I am afraid I don’t have a photo of Lizzie’s but they were very much the same as these.

The colours of wax are all from the starter kit and the card used is the silk coated card (the same as I use for brayering).

Encaustic anniversary card



I have been playing with my encaustic stuff again (after a long while) and made this card for Chris and Grace’s wedding anniversary using the indirect transfer technique with tissue paper.  I think this is my favourite technique so far but I do need a lot of practice still.  My great pal Lizzie joined me to play with the wax and I might just have got her a new hobby!
The trouble is that I don’t get my encaustic stuff out often enough so I have to go back to the basics each time and practice.

Waxes:  blues, browns and greens from the starter kit
Card:  encaustic card and an aperture card
Other:  acrylic sealer