Saturday, March 31, 2012

Art by Candlelight Encaustic Collage

If you've checked out my blog in the last week, you'll know that I started a new tradition - Art by Candlelight. The premise was to celebrate Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. local time, by creating art by candlelight. My husband is a great supporter of my art hobby, and went to find tapers for me so that I had enough light to work with. 

I set up an event in Facebook and had other arting friends going along. Some may even being finishing up their art as I type this. It was fun to see people getting excited about this, because there wasn't a lot of publicity this year locally about Earth Hour. So I set up my dining room table, and started to work on my collage.

I've been taking the Act Natural course by Julie Prichard, and it's been wonderful. I love the grungy (yes Liz, I said grungy again) style of the pieces she created designing the course. I couldn't wait to dive in. So I watched Lesson 1 again, and then started to gather my media. I had printed several vintage papers found on Graphics Fairy's website for free download. And I got out my acrylic glazing liquid and titan buff heavy body Golden paints, along with my soft gel matte medium. And I pulled out a 12X12 wrapped canvas and got to work. 

Once I had completed the collage, I realized that I wanted to seal it somehow, and well, here I had all this hot wax around me from the candles. So I sealed it up in a sort of encaustic style.

How did you celebrate Earth Hour? Did you celebrate Art by Candlelight too? Link me up to your artwork. I'd love to see what we all created during our 'dark' hour.

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