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Collage and Embedding

Defined as an image made from an assemblage of different material; this combination of material can be anything from paper to found object.

Encaustic offers limitless options when it comes to collage. When applying an object into your work you must consider the weight of the item; if it weighs too much and is not properly affixed, it will simply break free. Planning is important when this involves heat, because heat can affect the binder (e.g. wax/encaustic, glue/adhesive) which is holding the item on.

Attaching can be achieved by simply using the encaustic as a binder; you can also use screws, nails, staples, glue, pegs, etc. When using glue remember to use a type not effected by heat; some brands will say if heat affects it, and at what temperature. Testing the glue yourself is always wise.

If fusing will affect the quality of the object and/or the surface of the work, consider waiting until all fusing is complete. At this stage you can attach the object by mechanical means (pegs, screws, etc); this obviously means planning ahead.

For more help on collage or collaging with paper see Tacking Irons and Spatulas (electrically heated).

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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