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Building Texture

Texture can be achieved in many various ways; a technique sometimes referred to as scumble. For example, the above surface was created by using a printmaking scraper to scrape off the surface and then reattach it.

The quickest and simplest way is to begin by quickly dragging the brush across the surface. The surface of the panel does not need to be rough (but it can help); texture can be achieved by repeating the process.

Perceived texture or visual patterns are generally described as a surface that is painted smooth yet only a visually detailed surface or pattern exists rather than physical texture. Marbleizing is a good example of this, yet no one visual pleasing technique can be created the same way. Therefore offering a technical description on how to achieve the countless ways to do this would prove exhausting if not impossibly lengthy. Try painting many layers and melting it down smooth. Try carving and scratching into layers. Try flicking, dripping, or slinging the wax on- then melt it smooth. When it comes to encaustic, experimentation is key, and one of the most rewarding. Also read Paint/Pigment Sticks.
Read Burnishers for a faceted technique.

Another technique is by carving back into the wax creating an edge for the paint to grasp onto. This is the same method used in the dry point process of printmaking; ink grasps the bur that is raised in the surface created by the tool. This method also helps you control where you want texture. Do not forget to fuse the paint between each application. Fusing may cause some loss of surface texture; however. the loss is not equal to the gain. And repeat the process for more texture.

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Revisiting old topics and filling in holes is quite a chore, yet a necessary one, one that will offer more quality information. For example: recent activity and questions surrounding hardboard and/or masonite, has directed our attention to fill in the blanks on that topic (currently under revision/addition), as well as, more about gesso (specifically encaustic gesso) and other topics (search the tabs), all are in the works. 

Prior years were to get as much general information as possible up and available- a starting point. More and more however, new topics are focused and detailed, and old ones will be getting revisiting; removing any possibility of confusion. 

I should point out that this is a one person operation (takes me awhile to get around to everything, ohh yeah, I should make some art), Anyway, where was I?, oh! one person operation..., even though I tend to refer in posts and topics as we, it is to remove the need to revisit things later when it really is we. All of this whilst working, making art, and whatever may be the case.

As always, I welcome any opinions, comments, and questions- simply contact me.

Thank you
Jonathan Parks