Friday, December 16, 2011

Creating stamps for encaustic monotypes

I recently created stamps for encaustic monotype by gluing textured  paintable wallpaper onto sealed MDF and then ealed the paper with 4 coats of GAC 700 (just what I had on hand).

 Some of my stash I managed to snag from a local home decor shop.  It was a discontinued wallpaper sample book.  I knew it would come in handy.

 Some of these worked quite well and some were a total wash out.  It all had to do with how evenly the design was raised. It there were varying levels within the design you only captured the high points.  DUH!  I should have know that.

 This is the one I was most excited about and it was absolutely hopeless as you can see from the bit of silver encaustic it picked up when I tipped it into a puddle of encaustic on the hot palette.

Even though this one didn't work as I expected it created a very interesting linear design over the original pattern I created.  I'd call it a success.

 This one got quite a bit of use as you can see from the colours that are layered.  One thing you need to know about stamps you use in encaustic monotype - it is very hard to remove the colour from them.  If I laid this one on  the hot palette some of the encaustic  would melt off and I could continue to melt and blot but that's about it.  On the up side the colour interaction brings an unexpected element to the work.  It's kind of nice not being able to control everything.

 I loved the old world charm of this one. It fits perfectly with my focus on wallpapers of the past.

 Interesting random effect on this one, but I didn't like theblob at the left. Next time I would look more carefully at the pattern now that I know what happens.

 I decided to see what happened when I used glued paper onto a paper towel roll.  It worked well but it needed handles to keep your hands out of the hot encaustic.  Further thought needed....

 And these two were perfect and got used  both separately and in a layered fashion. 

 This one is pristine up to this point, but  I anticipate it will be  a good one.  Stay tuned.

One thing I would do differently next time is create stamps larger than 4 x 4.  Rectangular one of 4 x 81/2 would be perfect. 

My next post will feature the work I created with these stamps.


Yasmeen said...

Good job man! interior painting Seattle

Anonymous said...

What a good idea. Maybe you could use the surfaces that don't work in an encaustic collage? Lots of room for experimentation I can see. Look forward to the next stage.

Sue said...

How do you use these stamps in encaustics? Please excuse my ignorance - but I'm still quite new in encaustics, however I love to experiment!

Margaret Ryall said...

You'll see my work using the stamps in my next post. Thanks of responding.

Carole said...

Hi Margaret, Did you mount these on anything before printing them into the encaustics?

Martha Marshall said...

These are so exciting! You are tempting me to get out the encaustics. Your work is always so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your process.

Margaret Ryall said...

The papers are mounted on plywood or MDF. You need something that is firm. And you need to generously coat the paper at least 3 times with gloss medium or the wax will get embedded quickly into the paper. The acrylic helps to repel/release it.

Margaret Ryall said...

Thank you. I'm always getting inspiration from your blog so we're even!