Steve M-G
An artist with a hard candy design shell.


Back Story

For a long time I've wanted to try encaustic medium. Mistakenly I assumed that the space requirements were extensive and that working with the medium would be too messy for my living conditions. My not encaustic solution involved experimenting with various acrylic mediums, to try and achieve the encaustic look I desired. 

Using acrylic medium was rewarding but I found that the speed was too slow. I needed faster results so that I could make changes and adjustments while working on a piece. I embarked on an extensive time of research to see if I could do encaustic in my house, in the space I had available. I watched a ton of Youtube videos and read many articles. Plus I started collecting the basic tools to get started: Griddle, foil pans, brushes, big baking pans, heat gun, carving tools, beeswax, and encaustic resin.

My little studio consists of two large baking pans, one on the stovetop and one to the right side on the counter. In addition I use a smaller baking pan to put the heat gun on and wax extras in a cheap foil pan. I use the hood fan and the kitchen door window for air circulation. The oven top is where I do the "painting," and the pan on the right holds my griddle. Recently I purchased a large silicon mat (the blue in the pictures) that I put in the oven top pan. Any wax that drips is easily recycled or cleaned up.