Encaustic Exploration #3: Learning the Tools of the Trade

Some days in the studio it's all about learning the tools at your disposal. That what this summer is all about. I've been using encaustic medium as a finishing agent for my portrait photography instead of framing. I love how that looks. I've always felt that the glass took away from the texture of the photograph, especially back in the days of hand printing beautiful Seagull fiber paper in the darkroom.  

Scraping is a delicate process, you need the wax to be a bit warm, but no too warm or the scraping is too difficult or to easy. I used all the ceramic tools at my disposal on this multilayered piece to practice depth control and accuracy. It was actually looking pretty good until I used the big kidney scraper and maybe went a bit too large and too deep.