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As a beginner I have so far only worked on encaustic card.Will someone please tell me what other backgrounds are suitable to use with the hot iron and how to prepare them?

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Hi Nisa

You could try canvas, illustration board. gessoed board watercolor paper. Those are just a few I think of. : )

Hi Raven,

Neat name. Thanks for replying. What I really want to know is how you treat the surfaces of materials such as canvas so that the iron still glides over the surface.

Hi Nisa,

Encaustic cards are great to start with...but you can also use Ampersand boards and as I just started experimenting with masonite.  These surfaces are great for re-working the wax.  You can purchase it at Home Depot and they will cut any size you need.  Some stores charge 50cents per cut...others do it for free. I usually get a 2x4 foot board and have it cut into 8x10 pieces which are easy to work.  Antonin recommended coating with clear wax first, then applying wax with your iron..."happy waxing!"  Terry

When I sent you my reply re the masonite boards...did not realize that you were in the United Kingdom...Do they have the Home Depot or equivalent there?

Thank you Terry for taking the time to reply.No Home Depot in the U.K. but you have given me some names of materials to check out.Looks like lots of fun in the future for me.xx

I could also recommend a pasteboard If you don't want to go straight to more expensive  supports like wooden ones,clay,masonite etc... pasteboard is supposed  to be a thick paper board coated with canvas.It's good to gesso it before or to just apply a clear coat of wax for better bond of encaustic with this support,even if you plan some details on it !!

antonin

Thanks for all your suggestions.xx

Hi NIsa,

Here is my cntribution to the growing set of lanswers you have asked for: http://www.encaustic.com/techniq/fineart/fineart_supports/fineart_s...

Happy experimenting,

Michael

Thanks Michael.

Shall read and absorb.What a wealth of information , thanks again.

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