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Guest Post: Art in Wax by Hazel Rayfield 05 Aug

We’ve just received a new order of Encaustic paint in a whole range of colours.  To show you what kind of work these paints can do, here is Hazel, our guest blogger for this week.

I’m Hazel Rayfield,  an artist based in Southend on Sea England. My passion is for painting in hot wax, also known as Encaustic Art. hazel4 I have painted and still do occasionally, in other mediums but working in hot wax is very different, the wax flows when heated, giving a wonderful medium to work with. The pictures I create when painting in hot wax have a soft sheen and texture. To create my art in wax paintings I use a specialist encaustic wax and a wide variety of tools, including hot irons and stylus, hot plates and heat gun to melt and work the wax. I use the stylus tool the most of all, with different tips, it is a very versatile tool and allows me to add tiny detail into my artwork.
The iron and stylus I use are the same as the ones on the Fred Aldous Encaustic supplies page.
hazel3My passion is for painting in hot wax and one of my favourite subjects are flowers and Landscapes, but I also paint other subjects such as my “Lady” figures and occasional anything from colourful tropical fish to an oriental Junk.
hazel2I like to display my artwork on mini easels and I have many of these in different sizes, for example the painting of the meadow above is just under A4 in size, whereas the Roses are A5 and the Lady in her Jade outfit is A6.

Encaustic Art, painting in wax with applied heat is an ancient art form, and has been documented as  being used in portraits of Egyptian Mummies cira. 100 -300 AD.

Nowadays Encaustic painting covers many different styles of art, from hot and cold wax applications. I personally paint using several different types of heat tool, especially the stylus which I use in a similar manner to an artist pallet knife, I also use a hot plate and encaustic iron to create different textures and effects in my paintings.
Hazel1All my artwork is original and unique. No two pictures are identical, although some are similar due to my love of for painting flowers and landscapes.

We have made several videos of me painting using hot wax and heat tools.  You can watch me paint a Sunflower here.

The Art In Wax blog has lots of information about my latest projects, paintings and what new and in the news at Art In Wax.

To find out more about Hazel Rayfield please visit www.artinwax.co.uk

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