A few of the qualities of encaustic that make it so unique and special is the ability to work at a fairly quick pace (things just need to be cool or warm enough to do what you want) and the ability to build layer upon layer with translucency through not just encaustic mediums and paints- but also other materials such as paper and oil paint.
This video is midway through the building process. I admittedly forgot to take a photo at the start of filming so you could see where it kicked off. I had sized that board as normal, collaged in some papers (both batiked ones I made, as well as old book pages. I topped it off with the image transfer of the twisting mesh design. You can still see it peaking through in areas.
This video gives a peak into my layering process - adding more medium to separate elements and to get that optical depth, as well as the addition of some paint to further hide back some areas. Here is the first video:
This second video shows the process of how I finished up this piece. Layering in an image printed on tissue, as well as removal of areas of the photo, adding marks and oil, and how I finished up the edges.
If you are interested in working with encaustic and paper or photos and encaustic, check out my upcoming workshops this summer and fall here