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Using encaustic as a medium has opened up a whole new world of layering paint, paper, found objects, rust particles and wax to create a three-dimensional effect. The unpredictability of the medium challenges me to use my imagination and be spontaneous.
In the past few years, I have been experimenting with rusting wrought iron decorative pieces in a solution of hydrogen peroxide and salt water. I then place rice paper over the rusted iron and transfer the rusted pattern using white vinegar. It creates random marks of the iron oxide on the paper. I combine the patterned paper with encaustic and other materials to create art. There is something strangely beautiful about capturing impressions in wax of discarded, decaying objects.
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