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In search of supplies

May 23, 2014



This week has been filled with so many things. I’ve been trying to get a handle on my new job, delivered 6 lamps to a new shop, hubby’s birthday, cat care for our neighbor, and much more.  There have also been counter offers on my dad’s house too. Research has commenced in earnest for supplies necessary for the sculptural work I will be creating in Halsey. I connected with a local apiary (bee keeper) to purchase unfiltered beeswax. The wax will be combined with dammar resin for an encaustic treatment over paper. It will provide strength and translucency to the work.  Cooking the 2 parts together should prove interesting. I hear it takes about 6 hours for a big batch. No cooking it indoors either! Only outside and with pots designated for that alone. There is always something new to learn!

I really need to sit down and start my layout plans so they can be passed along to the committee. I don’t know if they have to approve it or not. We shall see. I’ve still have yet to receive a contract. It’s coming. Hopefully this means the project won’t have to be installed until mid-October when the weather should be cooler.

More craziness to come! 😀


12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2014 9:57 am

    Those sound like facinating techniques, how did you start onto them?

    • paperstew permalink*
      May 23, 2014 5:20 pm

      I have a bunch of friends who work in encaustic and a new friend showed me a different twist last weekend that will work well in current projects. I’ve also worked with a beeswax/paraffin mix for other projects and even longer ago I used to do batik. It was bound to come back into my life again. 🙂

  2. May 24, 2014 1:51 am

    People have no idea what goes into making art. Can you get this on video?

    • paperstew permalink*
      May 24, 2014 10:47 am

      That’s an interesting idea. I’ve loved seeing Melanie’s ideas in her mini videos. Could be another interesting aspect to show. 🙂

      • May 24, 2014 2:03 pm

        I think it helps people appreciate the work more. I’m going to do some this year.

      • paperstew permalink*
        May 25, 2014 8:31 am

        Excellent. I appreciate seeing your progressive drawing slideshow. 🙂

  3. May 24, 2014 5:12 am

    You are keeping us in suspense, I can’t wait to see your concept. You sure are busy at the moment. Hope the lamps go well. Karen

    • paperstew permalink*
      May 24, 2014 10:46 am

      Suspense is a good thing! Thing will be unveiled with time.

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