Using kleenex to add texture and for other uses in encaustic wax painting; learn this and more in this free online art lesson about encaustic wax painting and its uses taught by expert John Vanderbrooke.
Kleenex is really one of my best friends in the wax painting field here because I found so many different ways to work with it. One of the ways is what I call "painting with Kleenex," and what I do is I take a couple plies of Kleenex and I embed wax into it. I just take some wax, and I'll melt the wax, and just soak it into the Kleenex. And I usually will do a pad of black overlapped by green overlapped by brown. And when you're doing this, you have to watch that when it sticks to the pad, you lift it off quickly enough, so that you don't get stuck to the bottom. Give yourself a clean sheet and then start painting with this. And what's fun about this is that you can't see what you're doing. You have to paint blind. And what I like is the end result has quite a beautiful Asian quality to it. So, let's just try to do a little mountain picture and we won't worry about skies here. We're just going to see if we can get the mountain effect. So, we'll lay the Kleenex down on the card, take the iron and start pushing wax through the Kleenex and you have to push down kinda hard to get the wax. Now you see, you can't see what you're doing, so this is what's fun about it. You're just guessing of what you're getting. And every once and a while, you can come back here and take a peek and see what you're getting and see how it's coming. It looks pretty good. Let's see what we end up with. Okay, here we go. We've got the outline of the mountain. Now, take your finger quick while the wax is warm and begin to smear the wax into little patterns like this, and there you end up with something that I think looks very much like--almost like sumi ink painting. Now, of course, I could have put a sky in first, but you don't have to with wax. You could leave it this way and add a sky in with a different medium, for instance. You could use watercolor washes, you could use--you could stain it with rubber stamp dyes. There's just a lot of different things you could do with this, but this technique is great to know that you could take a, for instance, make a big rock in the front of your painting with this technique and get a rock that you can't get looked like in any other way, except with the Kleenex. So, this is a really great one for you to play with.