Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vintage Map Painting

I found a wonderful vintage atlas with beautiful colored maps at a vintage market.
I have incorporated some of the maps into my encaustic paintings. In this painting I used the map of Australia.
 In this painting I used a vintage map of Japan.
This painting is on a vintage map of Alabama. I like how the colors and images of the map show through the encaustic paint. I think the white encaustic beeswax creates the look of clouds.


  1. Susan, those are gorgeous! I love the substance that encaustic gives a work. And I haven't tried it yet. The birds and the map, what a great combination!


  2. Thanks so much Lisa. If you need any tips about encaustic painting just let me know, I'm more than happy to help.

  3. Beautiful!!
    I need to have a go now..what have you used for the droplet/bumpy bits?

  4. Thank you Sarah & Sue.
    Sue, I use a tool that is used in batik painting to create the dots.

  5. I just found you through etsy! I love encaustic and I am just starting to use them myself. Beautiful work!
    And the tool you are talking about is called a tjanting needle. Perfect for creating precise lines and perfect jewel-like dots like yours. :)

  6. Thanks so much Laura. I've seen those batik tools. The tool I use is an electric kind of tjanting needle. You can find this tool at Enkaustikos. They call it a "wax writer." It's fun to use and you can create all sort of interesting shapes and dots using this tool.


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