I feel like I’m in school again. I’ve got a show application deadline coming up soon and I’m in the home stretch of finally having work I want to submit. Because this has all been more experimental than anything I have been afraid that I would end up with nothing worth looking at. I still have some work to do once the wax sets but so far I like what’s going on.
Toning the prints face down in gold toner.
Drying the printed blocks.
Adding wire to the backs of the blocks.
Waxed and waiting to set so they can be polished.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the update. Hopefully I’ll have some finished products in the next couple of days so I can get them photographed.
I’ve been playing with a new negative. This is one of the street performers I met while in New Orleans last year. I’m sure many people photographed him while he was there but I hope I’m one of the few using these old methods to make interesting pieces with his likeness. Meet Scarlet Ray Watt:
The image has been printed to rice paper for a future encaustic experiment.
Another view so you can see the translucency.
Salt print, pre-toned, with an improperly printed negative. I forgot to reverse the image. Oops.
Salt print post-tone. Much nicer color in my opinion.
Salt print on wood. I searched and searched but couldn’t find anyone else who had tried this so I just double coated with the salt solution, one coat of the silver and processed as normal. Seems to have worked.
These are experimental. I’ve been taking old negatives and digital files and using those to come up with techniques I may want to pursue in the future. I took this photo with a Holga. I have another shot I took with my digital that I like better so that one may get a more careful treatment. I’ll be learning some basic encaustic techniques soon so hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to show you in the next post or two.