Sunday, December 5, 2010

Building a substrate for an encaustic piece

I am creating an encaustic piece based on this print. It started as a request from a collector, and as I've been thinking about the steps I'll need to take to create it, I've been getting more and more excited about the process.

My shoulder is on the blink. My left "wing." I've avoided all meals in cast iron pans for the last couple of days and it seems to be improving. As a result my husband needed to use the power tools for me today to launch this project on time. I have to say it was nice to have my own carpenter cut and sand my plywood to spec, even though this is how I'm feeling.

Look, no need for a table saw. Here Keith is using a circular saw with a ruler clamped in place as his guide to cut my 1/2" piece of plywood. (You can't see his earplugs, but he's wearing them. We're safety nerds around here.)

Keith's chosen the smoothest side to sand and smooth for my work surface. He's even used three different kinds of grit. (Hmm. I'm thinking being an injured bird isn't so bad.)

Tomorrow's task: Cut a support frame and glue and screw to the substrate.


ahufford said...

Did you tell Keith that a man doing work for his wife is a sexy thing?

Cathy Savage said...

No I didn't, but I like your strategy! I'll try to work it so Keith gets the Christmas decorations down and the leaves raked this weekend. When you drive by my house next week you'll know if I succeeded!