I do water color journal sketching with the Seattle Urban Sketchers.  One outing we did in October of 2016 resulted in this sketch.  It was pouring out and the streets and walkways were heavy puddled, making for wonderful reflections of all the colors.  That was a fun, if not a rather soggy day of sketching.


If you are interested in journal sketching check out the Seattle Urban Sketchers, it is a free group with no obligations other than a rather minimal code we follow for our sketches.  You do not have to have any skills at sketching or watercolor to join us either.  It is a very non judgemental, supportive group of people.


Their website is seattle.urbansketchers.org


This image was made with beeswax in a process called Encaustic Image Transfer.  Without getting into great detail, it involves burnishing an image into a warm beeswax layer which picks up the pigments from the toner or ink.  You then remove the paper by rubbing it while wet until it literally pills away. Eventually you are left with just the image set into the beewax and no paper.  The process takes some time and care, but the result is transluscent and soft, appearing to both glow and float above the background layer the wax sits on.   The general art of Encaustics is several thousands of years old, dating back to the time of the Greeks.  It is a very durable art form, with examples of it having survived in beautiful condition back from its earliest uses.

Rainy October Day in Columbia City

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