forever constant

forever constant, mixed media and encaustic,
10×10 inches

I finally got a full day of studio time in today! Woohoo! I was so excited to finally get my hands back onto the plaster pieces that I had started in Stephanie Lee’s workshop two Fridays ago. I was a little anxious going in this morning as I get when I haven’t been creating. But once I shut the door, tied my apron strings, and rearranged a few things, I was just ready to go at it.

The piece of this painting that came from Stephanie’s workshop is the crackled texture. She taught us how to create that with burlap and plaster. I have never had luck with the crackle paste that I bought from Golden. I know it is a great product, but I think my impatience is my downfall. I can never wait long enough!

So after puttin the finishing touches on the crackled burlap this morning, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I messed around with a lot of different layouts. And then it struck me…I went back to a visual journal entry I had done back in December and knew that this is what I wanted to expand upon. This is why I do visual journal entries in the first place. It’s an arena to practice, to experiment, to say “what if…”. Some people do complete visual journals- as in a book with page after page of entries done visually. I love flipping through books like that. My journal is not like that. I write, make to do lists, glue in family photos, and then I also have entries where I collage or play with paint color combos.

Nothing may come from these type of entries, but every so often they serve as a starter for something bigger.

This painting is very mixed media. Let’s see…burlap, plaster, acrylic, encaustic, oil paint, print of photo, and cheesecloth. I think that’s it.


  1. my god- this is AMAZING!! I love the colors, the texture…everything!! This is really something to be proud of- BRAVO!!

    I also appreciate your tips for how you handle your journal..intresting ideas!

  2. Hope this isn’t a dumb question, but should you always prepare encaustic paintings on wood, or are canvas or paper viable alternatives? I, too, have never had much luck with any kind of crackle medium, so the burlap is intriguing and I will try it with acrylics. I wonder if it will work??

  3. oh my goodness I am in love with every aspect of this piece – the wonderful aged crackled texture, the colours and that wee dash of blood red to set off the blue grey – it is just beautiful.

  4. Thank you all for your comments on this painting. I had a lot of fun creating it and exploring.

    Mary-I answered your question over at flickr.

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