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Palette Knife

Palette knives are used in the same way as you would in most painting mediums. The major difference with encaustic being- hot wax cools quickly and then becomes a solid; needless to say, this makes the wax stick to the knife. There is a similarity to other metal sculpting tools when it comes to using them; and as a specialized tool, they are limited to what they can offer.

Palette knives are not made well for scraping paint away either (see printmaking scrapers); they are designed more for addition, not subtraction (this doesn't mean that they can't be used for such techniques, just that there are better tools available). Remember hot tools keep wax from sticking to them, and this is never more important when using a palette knife to add paint to a surface.


Shellac Burn

A very bad idea. I am not even going to tell you how to do it; just don't. This is an environmental and safety hazard.

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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
Sincerely
Jonathan Parks