I thought I would show you the steps I take to make one of my encaustic paintings. The "canvas" of the painting needs to be stable. A piece of wood works great. I make a lot of 5 inch x 5 inch x 2 inch paintings for my Etsy shop. This painting is on a larger piece of wood it measures 10 inches x 10 inches x 3/4 inch.
I cover the wood in layers of wax. There are about 6 layers of white encaustic wax on this piece of wood. Between each layer, I use a heat gun and heat the wax. Melting the wax fuses the layers of wax together.
For this painting I have add two bird images and a bit of pink wax to the white wax. My bird images are image transfers. These transfers are made from my photographs. To make these transfers I make black and white copy of the image then use an acetone image transfer technique. I added a heart, but I didn't like how it looked so it is not in the finished piece.
After I add the birds and branches, I paint on some more white encaustic wax and once again heat with a heat gun. While the wax is warm, I add gold leaf flakes. I then use an electric batik tool to make the pink and white dots.