PROCESS

Mixers of Alcohol Inks - Before I start any painting I prepare a specific color palette.

Mixers of Alcohol Inks - Before I start any painting I prepare a specific color palette.

Alcohol Ink is a relatively new, acid-free, alcohol-based medium, which can be extremely vivid or subtle in color in Constance’s creative hands. Totally self-taught, she makes and blends batches of ink colors specifically for each painting. Constance has come up with unique non-porous surfaces to paint on, such as aluminum, poly-carbonate, and on top of encaustic paintings. She then uses compressed air to manipulate the ink into her unique colorful curvilinear forms. The delicate dance of 'when and where' to move or add the ink is a very important process in all of her paintings since there is limited time before it evaporates and dries, which causes it to either blend or have ridges. Ventilation is vital in her studio and she wears a respirator while working too.


Fusing layers of encaustic with a blow torch

Fusing layers of encaustic with a blow torch

Encaustic paint is a beeswax and tree resin paint medium. I use a multitude of electric skillets as my painting palettes to melt and blend the encaustic paint, which I apply with brushes or metal trowels onto wooden boards. I use a hand held blowtorch to fuse and manipulate each of the layers and use sculpting tools to create texture throughout. Also, I use encaustic paint as a textural gesso of sorts under some of my alcohol ink paintings. And lastly, I incorporate other mediums for surface effects, such as shellac and gold or silver leaf. Ventilation is vital in her studio and she wears a respirator while working.The results are uniquely stunning!