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Photographing a wax picuture



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Photographing a wax picuture

Has anyone ever tried to make a photo of an encaustic art painting? I have made and sold some pictures using this technique, but wax is not easy as it is easily damaged. You also only ever get the same effect once.

Of course, it is possible to take a  photo of the picture.

The downside is you would lose the texture and I am not sure whether there is any online editor that could enable you to reproduce this kind of picture recreating a wax effect?

You can paint with wax on photos, and this is also referred to as encaustic, but I am talking about pictures made by using wax tablets of colour, melting them on an iron and spreading the wax accross shiny paper.

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Kakashi2020

That's the first time I've ever heard about it. I think I haven't seen anything like it before. Thanks for posting it, I'll Google it up soon.



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jayjaydimson

Yeah, same here I don't have any idea about the wax picture, and the first thing that comes in my mind is you wax the picture before you take a photograph lol.



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emiaj55

This is the first time that I have heard of it as well. This is what I really like about these forums, I learn new things and new terms every so often. I did a quick search and found out that ideally the material used is actually beeswax. And there were no specific apps that were mentioned in doing this digitally. They just do it by mixed medias, so I am guessing a tedious work of editing in various editing apps.



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theresajane

Same with me, I didn't even know that something like this exists.



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allyn2017

me too, I think it is great how people come up with new ideas and new kind of arts.



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mark8625

So do I. Good thing of this forum where so many ideas and knowledge that others knew and others does not know.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, that's why I'm happy to be here to learn more a lot of ideas about what's happening.



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mark8625

Yeah. Everyone here has a good point of view. It is good to read it. It is like diversity of opinion that leads into a good conversation.



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allyn2017

I agree, I have learned a lot of things here in this forum.



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Steve5

It's really nice that we can learn new stuff here. Kind of like encaustic wax. I've actually seen this kind of art on TV. But it's only now that I found out what it's called. It's so beautiful. I can see how it'd be difficult to translate its beauty through photographs.



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Steve5

That's really interesting. It's my first time hearing about it as well. I'm sure there are people who pay handsomely for such finely crafted work. The good thing about unique art is that you can earn money if you're good at it.



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allyn2017

me too, I googled it and it was really good.



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Alymae

This is my first time hearing about this too. I'll do some research about this. It is nice to know new things here. Thanks for sharing.



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gutzman

Wow. This one is interesting. Making an art with a wax as you medium is common but doing it on a shiny paper makes me kind of curious. I also want to know the process of how you could make a variation in your art. I think I'm going to try this one at home.



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HappyLady

It is called encaustic art. There is plenty about it on the Internet. Unfortunately, the wax is hard to get offline. I was given a set years ago and discovered that while anyone could melt wax on an iron and draw it accross paper, and then another colour that mixed with it, and it made and interesting effect, I was somehow better at getting the effect than a lot of people. There are also tools so you can draw in the wax. One Christmas I made cards and sold them in a local shop and that was very welcome income as my kids were young and we did not have much money. The problem is that the pictures are hard to preserve for any length of time; hence the photo question.



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ajahcuizon

Thanks for providing such information about encaustic art. It really seems like it an amazing form of art because of how you described it on us. I got really amazed on its complexity on how it is done and I would like to give it a try someday. For now, I will do some research and watch tutorial videos first so that I could have enough knowledge to do it.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, I'm very thankful to be here because I used to know a lot more information that I don't know.



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ajahcuizon

There are really a lot of information we can learn from this forum. I am glad to find such discussion like this as I have learned a lot of unique ideas that may help me someday to successful in this field.



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lavenderdreams

Like others have mentioned, this is such an interesting topic! I'd never heard of this technique either but since you mentioned it's hard to preserve, it made me wonder if it would be possible to use some kind of fixative spray? I personally use a fixative spray when I've worked with wax pastels and they work really well in preserving my art. Of course actual wax might be a different story but it could be worth a try!

Thanks again for opening up this discussion. I'm really interested in looking up more about this type of art and maybe even trying it myself.



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HappyLady

I have used PVA glue as this can be used as a varnish, but you get brush strokes you can see in the wrong light. I cannot remember why I did not use fixative spray, but there was a reason. I made the pictures years ago so it may be there are better sprays around today or I did not know about them.



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emiaj55

Since we are talking about waxes, does this kind melt when exposed to sun over long period of hours? Cause I am thinking maybe we could laminate or frame or encase such arts in glass. These kinds of too ephemeral. We may only get to enjoy them for a short period of time.



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HappyLady

If it is wax, then in heat, it will melt, unless you can fix it in some way. I put the pictures in frames at times. It helped, but over time, they did change. In some ways, that was part of their charm.



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Youngshark

Wow this gives me so many ideas on things that I have not yet tried out. This platform is always full of ideas and will try this cool one.



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theresajane

It's very weird and new to me. The technique is something that sparks curiosity too.



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emiaj55

It was all really new to me too. But the technique have existed since the 5th century and was created by the Greeks! Means, it comes from a long long time.



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allyn2017

Me too, I have search it and it looks so amazing.



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allyn2017

I have googled it and it was really great art.



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superlicca

I never tried this although I heard this before from others, I think this is something that I want to try. The ideas you provided seem interesting. I think I will just do a research first to gather more information about it. And find out how to do this thing with new ideas.



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allyn2017

I've watched a video about this one and it was really great, the outcome was nice.



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superlicca

Same here. I already watched a video on Youtube but I have not tried it yet. I think it will take time and patience. May I know if you tried doing this art?



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amelia88

Haven’t tried it before, although I just looked up encaustic art and I’m amazed! Never knew such incredible things could be created like that. I even read online there are entire museums dedicated to encaustic art. Very cool!



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Barida

There are deeper ways to art than we can ever imagine and this is what makes it all fun for us. I believe that working things out for us as those that enjoys the work of art is something which is pretty interesting and that relates to waxing a picture.



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allyn2017

I watched a video on how to make it and it is really difficult



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HappyLady

Did you watch how to make encaustic wax pictures or how to use encaustic on photographs which is a different technique. I have used encaustic art with a great deal of care in playgroups and with the elderly (obviously you have to be very careful with a hot iron,) but the actual technique is an easy one.



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theresajane

It really is very difficult. I admire people who can do it effortlessly an who enjoy it so much while being into detail.



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theresajane

It is a shame that it's my first time knowing about encaustic art painting. It sounds interesting though, I guess I should try searching for it.



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amelia88

Even check it out on Google Images, I was surprised myself with the uniqueness and diversity of the pictures. In some places around the world they have museums dedicated solely to encaustic art, I’ll have to try and find out whether or not they have one in my country to check out too.



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theresajane

I know right. It's just very amazing to see art pieces like those. Sometimes we get envious about their skills. Lol.



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allyn2017

Me too, I just know about this interesting art.



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jpk0007

Well, I have heard the term of encaustic photography for the first time. I know about the art of encaustic painting which is a very old and traditional form of art where hot bee wax is used to create the artwork. However, the encaustic technique can also be used in photography to create artwork from pics. I would definitely be very interested to learn more about this unique art.



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HappyLady

I did think some of the experienced photographers would find that technique interesting. It would be interesting to see if you do try to use encaustic in your photography. It was only through an internet search I realised there were other applications of the art.



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allyn2017

I haven't heard of this kind of art before,and now I am curious how it is done.



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Judas2018

Nope. Although it's probably possible. I wouldn't rule anything out with today's tech.



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romyter013

If Im not mistaken, We tried this before but we used crayons instead when we where in grade school. What we do was melt the crayons using broken crayon on a spoon and melt it using candle. Once the crayons are melted then we started to spread the crayons on the paper and blow it from different directions. For me I made branches of trees. Then we must give this to our close friends from our classroom.



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Barida

There is this one that we tried too, but it was not with melted crayons as we didn't find a means to do that. I believe that waxing is an improved version of it where you try to make the picture look thick and nice.



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HappyLady

I did that too, I think. I suppose you could say using a hot iron and beeswax and shiny paper is a development from this activity. However, the effect is different and you do not blow on the wax. You smooth the iron over the paper using one or more colours on the iron and they mix together to create an interesting effect.



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ajahcuizon

I haven't heard of this technique before but I really got amazed on how this could be done. I got interested with this technique and would like to give it a try. I think this is also a good service to offer since you mentioned that it is somehow difficult to have an output with this technique, so you can sell it in a bigger value. I have researched about it and it seems like it is a hard technique and requires a lot of knowledge to prefect it.



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jayjaydimson

This kind of photography is new to me, I will google it so that I can have a better understanding of it.



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esteban123

I have never heard such technique before but it seems like it is a great way of doing some art and crafts by using a wax as a medium for a particular painting or artworks. I have never tried this type of ideas but then I am willing to learn from it and might even give it a try to see how it works and if it is really a nice way of having some arts.



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vinaya

I have never tried taking pictures of wax pictures, however, I have taken pictures of paintings and the images reproduced very well. I was able to capture every details of the painting. Even though I have never taken pictures of wax picture, I understand the problem associated with reproducing the texture of the original picture.



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DenisP

Interestingly enough, for as long as I’ve been involved with the arts, I’ve somehow never come across the term encaustic painting. I did a quick Google search to get a better idea of what you’re talking about, and I definitely found some intriguing results! I actually don’t recall seeing any of the paintings I saw in the results, but they were definitely some mesmerizing pieces of work.

I’d imagine they only look more brilliant in person. As you said, I’d definitely think the impact is lost when taking a photo of it, probably because a lot of artists have a certain type of lighting/perspective in mind when creating such highly textured paintings.



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beerthooyah

Interesting form of art. However the degree of difficulty in these kind of art form are very much high. It would take a lot of practice and trial and error to perfect this craft. Encaustic art which also called hotwax painting is surely is stunning. I hope I could see tis paintings in real life for I am an admirer of beauty and everything art.



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allyn2017

I agree with you, it needs high patience and creativity.



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edencaga

I don't have any idea about that and same from the comments here, it also my first time to hear that. I have not tried it but base on what you have said, it looks like you were struggle taking photos of wax painting. I would want to do that but I have not seen any wax painting yet.



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agbuyarashel

I don't know much about painting and that craft you're saying is unfamiliar to me but I'll search it cause I got curious.



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anyone01

Encaustic painting can be achieved in translucent layers, it has a luminous quality not discovered in some other medium. Encaustic when completely cured is a difficult long lasting surface. It is able to be buffed to a satin gloss, or left matte. Encaustic is likewise great for collage, and embedding objects into. It could be incised, and scraped, to show layers of colours underneath.



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knnon

This is the first I've heard (read) of this. The whole process is interesting. I've seen your posts and you always have great ideas! I would definitely want to know more about this. Do you have any videos you can recommend for me to watch or articles I can read?



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MomoStarr16

I read it over and over and I find it hard to understand what kind of art is that. Never heard one of that but looks cool. It seems like a hard kind of art.



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