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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (June 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823002837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823002832
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 23.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 912 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee on April 29 2002
Format: Paperback
I have long been fascinated by the technique of encaustic painting and this book fills a void in references on the subject. It contains a vast array of detailed information on everything from making your own paints to exhibiting your artwork.
The book starts out with a history of encaustic art. A gallery section then showcases four different portfolios of art including representation, color and pattern, dimension and modular work. Captions include artist, title, materials used, size and date introduced. Artwork is displayed in a variety of sizes. Some of my favorites are a beautiful face by Tony Scherman and the organic looking "Miasma Morph" by Sylvia Netzer, made of wax with pigment fired on ceramic.
The next sections focuses on encaustic materials. It starts out with details on the wax types. A reference chart of all the wax types, their source, composition, properties, melting point, flash point, color range and average price is here too. Information on heating equipment and well as melting and fusing the wax are next. Then pigments and making your own paints is covered. Selecting and caring for brushes is also here. There is even a great section on using materials safely.
Painting preparation and techniques follow. These include information on substrates and grounds with step-by-step instructions on how to make your own. Recipes of rabbit-skin glue and gesso, as well as tips on using them are explained as well. Then techniques and tips for textured, smooth, scraped and incised surfaces accompanied by example artwork are given. There are also details on collage, mixed media, creating artwork on paper and making large-scale pieces.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim on Feb. 4 2002
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My comments are those of an amateur, self-taught, new-to-encaustic, artist.
I found Joanne Mattera's book to contain more practical information on this exciting medium than any other source so far. The sections on "Preparation and Technique", "Materials for Encaustic", and to a lesser extent "Preparing and Exhibiting Your Work" are especially beneficial.
There is plenty of help on mixing-your-own wax, tools, supplies, and ideas. It is not a Step 1-2-3 How To Paint book.
The "Porfolios" chapter leads you to believe encaustic is only for the abstract artist. She addresses this issue by stating, "Only a small percentage of contemporary encaustic painting is pictorial, etc...", and with the inclusion of a couple non-abstract images. I get the impression most works are by a select clique of fellow artists. As I paint mostly abstracts myself, the examples were fine. However, the Portfolio would have conveyed this mediums versatility more completely if works of impressionists, such as Dorothy Masom and others, would have been included.
It is a book every aspiring encaustic painter should have. Along with "Waxing Poetic:Encaustic Art in America during the Twentieth Century" by Gail Stavitsky. ...
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By Josée Morin on July 20 2014
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This book was exactly what I was looking for. Very complete.
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I enjoyed this book.

It was written for artists about an artistic method. I enjoyed the examples of encaustic paintings provided, but I did find the "instructions" a bit buried. Perhaps because I was too interested in looking at the photos to read!

I do recommend this book for any artist interested in expanding their knowledge base, or their oeuvre. I would not recommend this book as a beginner's guide to encaustic painting.

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