MPO Photo Embedding

MPO photo embedding: Once Upon A Time
Once upon a time I decided to embed a photo in Master Paste Original Cold Wax Encaustic Medium ....
Once upon a time I decided to embed a photo in Master Paste Original Cold Wax Encaustic Medium ....
I had lots to choose from but chose a limited colour moody image.
I had lots to choose from but chose a limited colour moody image.
Working with an A4 (212mm x 303mm) archival card - (ply or mdf would be stronger) - some MPO and a mixing knife ...
Working with an A4 (212mm x 303mm) archival card - (ply or mdf would be stronger) - some MPO and a mixing knife ...
Nice soft MPO is really easy to spread.
Nice soft MPO is really easy to spread.
First cover the back of the photo with a good layer...
First cover the back of the photo with a good layer...
... that's it all done there now.
... that's it all done there now.
Next cover the base card (or ply) all over.
Next cover the base card (or ply) all over.
Don't be stingy! An A4 does not use much paste really.
Don't be stingy! An A4 does not use much paste really.
Now, carefully position the photo on the base ....
Now, carefully position the photo on the base ....
... and press them together as perfectly as you are able.
... and press them together as perfectly as you are able.
More MPO on top of the photo - it doesn't damage it at all ...
More MPO on top of the photo - it doesn't damage it at all ...
Spread this over-coating of MPO out carefully - special care around the joining edges of  photo & base.
Spread this over-coating of MPO out carefully - special care around the joining edges of photo & base.
It can be easiest to finish off and even out the surface with a finger tip ...
It can be easiest to finish off and even out the surface with a finger tip ...
OK - the surface is fairly well coated now...
OK - the surface is fairly well coated now...
... but I have not done this perfectly yet - there will be further coatings.
... but I have not done this perfectly yet - there will be further coatings.
..so long as it all has SOME mpo it is OK as a base coat. Leave to dry off - 2 hours or more is ideal.
..so long as it all has SOME mpo it is OK as a base coat. Leave to dry off - 2 hours or more is ideal.
... no, I'm not in prison now - this is a fine metal mesh.
... no, I'm not in prison now - this is a fine metal mesh.
.. it's actually a sieve - a great little tip for hot air fusing is ...
.. it's actually a sieve - a great little tip for hot air fusing is ...
.. to blow the hot air through a sieve. This only lets a small amount of the hot draft through ...
.. to blow the hot air through a sieve. This only lets a small amount of the hot draft through ...
... so the wax does not blow around - much better for soft careful fusing.
... so the wax does not blow around - much better for soft careful fusing.
Upper dark area is fused  - lower dark part is not.
Upper dark area is fused - lower dark part is not.
Oh good - not bald on top yet then!!  .. and don't use a plastic sieve (LOL)
Oh good - not bald on top yet then!! .. and don't use a plastic sieve (LOL)
So a nice even fusing occurs, but closer inspection ...
So a nice even fusing occurs, but closer inspection ...
... shows this corner is adrift - needs attention.
... shows this corner is adrift - needs attention.
MPO on knife is ready to deposit ...
MPO on knife is ready to deposit ...
,... so is slid under to get adhesion in the right place.
,... so is slid under to get adhesion in the right place.
That's better now - it is important to be fussy about these details for photo embedding to endure well.
That's better now - it is important to be fussy about these details for photo embedding to endure well.
Another area that has absorbed all the applied MPO - more required here.
Another area that has absorbed all the applied MPO - more required here.
... now the problem is clear the answer is too - generous spread of the paste!
... now the problem is clear the answer is too - generous spread of the paste!
.... bit of delicate fine finger tip work ...
.... bit of delicate fine finger tip work ...
... and we have a good coating laid all over now....
... and we have a good coating laid all over now....
.. smooth it out with that finger tip softly - LEAVE TO DRY OFF for a while ...
.. smooth it out with that finger tip softly - LEAVE TO DRY OFF for a while ...
Move the sieve under the hot air flow to reduce the blow effect and fuse it all nicely ...
Move the sieve under the hot air flow to reduce the blow effect and fuse it all nicely ...
Nice fused covering over the photo now - lower corners still not behaving!!!
Nice fused covering over the photo now - lower corners still not behaving!!!
Using card means that the heat can distort it - this particular card will return to flat, but some may not - be warned (board is better).
Using card means that the heat can distort it - this particular card will return to flat, but some may not - be warned (board is better).
Red, Green, Blue, touch of brown ... mix with a little MPO
Red, Green, Blue, touch of brown ... mix with a little MPO
.. to get a tone which is suitable to blend into the border.
.. to get a tone which is suitable to blend into the border.
Looks OK to me so far ...
Looks OK to me so far ...
Try out some edge overlaps ....
Try out some edge overlaps ....
... work around the photo creating initial colouring in the borders.
... work around the photo creating initial colouring in the borders.
Beginning to bring that mood out into the surround.
Beginning to bring that mood out into the surround.
Time for some white (oil paint colour)) mixed with MPO
Time for some white (oil paint colour)) mixed with MPO
Mix it up .... working with cold paste means there is no 'heated' rush ...
Mix it up .... working with cold paste means there is no 'heated' rush ...
OK, decisions, decisions, what to do with this white now?
OK, decisions, decisions, what to do with this white now?
Slap it on where it 'feels' right - enhancing and extending the existing photo & border zone.
Slap it on where it 'feels' right - enhancing and extending the existing photo & border zone.
Too fast to photograph but swift strokes are really useful sometimes - swift and light.
Too fast to photograph but swift strokes are really useful sometimes - swift and light.
Nice basis for the photo extension is revealing itself now ...
Nice basis for the photo extension is revealing itself now ...
Blue / Brown = DARKish hue ....
Blue / Brown = DARKish hue ....
Looking good so far, but it needs to fit, so ....
Looking good so far, but it needs to fit, so ....
... do a quick colour match to see if it is OK????
... do a quick colour match to see if it is OK????
.. it's a bit brown, but OK , this is what happened so far.
.. it's a bit brown, but OK , this is what happened so far.
It's building more body into the image now ... the dark brings strength.
It's building more body into the image now ... the dark brings strength.
Of course, the finger tip is always  available for more delicate matters ...
Of course, the finger tip is always available for more delicate matters ...
Rubbing in - some shading and gradation of colour.
Rubbing in - some shading and gradation of colour.
And some hard metal knife edges are good too.
And some hard metal knife edges are good too.
Overlapping of colour and MPO adds strength to the embedding aspect as well.
Overlapping of colour and MPO adds strength to the embedding aspect as well.
Time for a bit of 'artification' - couple of simple symbols etched through the mpo.
Time for a bit of 'artification' - couple of simple symbols etched through the mpo.
Any nice point that is not sharp will work - a scribing tool will work - this one is steel.
Any nice point that is not sharp will work - a scribing tool will work - this one is steel.
Clean off all those little bits or they will creep into the very place you don't want them.
Clean off all those little bits or they will creep into the very place you don't want them.
Finished for the day so am leaving this to dry off overnight - then it can be fused again.
Finished for the day so am leaving this to dry off overnight - then it can be fused again.
Having used the hot air twice already it's time to play with my fire flame torch he he he ...
Having used the hot air twice already it's time to play with my fire flame torch he he he ...
Open the door (if it's not freezing) or at least have some ventilation happening ...
Open the door (if it's not freezing) or at least have some ventilation happening ...
The soft low flame colour matches the photo sky (not necessary, but nice for this photo).
The soft low flame colour matches the photo sky (not necessary, but nice for this photo).
JUST FLASH MELT THE WAX AS THE FLAME PASSES - steady, organised, overlapping strokes.
JUST FLASH MELT THE WAX AS THE FLAME PASSES - steady, organised, overlapping strokes.
NOT BEEN FUSED HERE YET ...
NOT BEEN FUSED HERE YET ...
THERE IS THE FLAME PASSING AND THE FLASH MELTING OF THE MPO OCCURING.
THERE IS THE FLAME PASSING AND THE FLASH MELTING OF THE MPO OCCURING.
It quickly resolidifies, embodying the wax into it's fused beauty.
It quickly resolidifies, embodying the wax into it's fused beauty.
All fused carefully over - now to polish with that stocking pad again ...
All fused carefully over - now to polish with that stocking pad again ...
A little dampness will help lubricate the polishing (a dental technician taught me that).
A little dampness will help lubricate the polishing (a dental technician taught me that).
Not drowning in water, just a touch of dampness, then spread as it polishes.
Not drowning in water, just a touch of dampness, then spread as it polishes.
Polishing is too fast for my camera hand to catch, but this expresses the soft vigour of that process ...
Polishing is too fast for my camera hand to catch, but this expresses the soft vigour of that process ...
O-oh. Corner still being mischevious - must fix it once and for all ...  !!!!!!!!!
O-oh. Corner still being mischevious - must fix it once and for all ... !!!!!!!!!
.. same on the other bottom corner too ....
.. same on the other bottom corner too ....
Well, it's time to smother these troublesome corners. The top 2 are already fine from the start..
Well, it's time to smother these troublesome corners. The top 2 are already fine from the start..
This should sort it out ...
This should sort it out ...
Smooth it all down  ....
Smooth it all down ....
... over-coat all the inlays too.
... over-coat all the inlays too.
Brainwave - decide to add some textual title.
Brainwave - decide to add some textual title.
Just etch back through the wax.  .  .  . [ * Note to self - must improve writing - remember to practise sometime ... ]
Just etch back through the wax. . . . [ * Note to self - must improve writing - remember to practise sometime ... ]
Mix up some red / blue for purple ....
Mix up some red / blue for purple ....
Looks fine for this job....
Looks fine for this job....
Squish it in there ....
Squish it in there ....
It pays to work carefully and try to get all this as clean as possible ...
It pays to work carefully and try to get all this as clean as possible ...
Nicely filled now - it just needs cleaning off a bit.
Nicely filled now - it just needs cleaning off a bit.
Scrape back to the white as best as possible.
Scrape back to the white as best as possible.
It could be improved, but for me this is OK for this piece of work.
It could be improved, but for me this is OK for this piece of work.
Use up the rest of the purple around the image to tone it all together a bit more ...
Use up the rest of the purple around the image to tone it all together a bit more ...
That's probably it then - the final look before fusing for the last time.
That's probably it then - the final look before fusing for the last time.
LEFT OVERNIGHT AGAIN - this is now dry to touch and ready for final fusing.
LEFT OVERNIGHT AGAIN - this is now dry to touch and ready for final fusing.
Looks like this before I fire up ...
Looks like this before I fire up ...
Be very vigilant and only just flash melt the wax - keep that torch moving ...
Be very vigilant and only just flash melt the wax - keep that torch moving ...
Each pass from top to bottom takes about one second - just enough to notice teh glisten of melting wax happening .....
Each pass from top to bottom takes about one second - just enough to notice teh glisten of melting wax happening .....
A molten blurred surface - only lasts a second or two.
A molten blurred surface - only lasts a second or two.
That's it then - a lot of care was given to this final, thorough, but also refined, fusing.
That's it then - a lot of care was given to this final, thorough, but also refined, fusing.
I love this surface - and that cornerr is good at last.
I love this surface - and that cornerr is good at last.
Beautifully yet delicately embedded and now held nicely by the wax.
Beautifully yet delicately embedded and now held nicely by the wax.
.. the left one is even better - perfectly incorporated.
.. the left one is even better - perfectly incorporated.
More damp polishing - light, careful, FINE CLOTH or it will scratch the delicate waxen surface.
More damp polishing - light, careful, FINE CLOTH or it will scratch the delicate waxen surface.
Looks like light reflecting off water's surface.
Looks like light reflecting off water's surface.
The texture dispells any hope of boredom being found here by the roving eye ....
The texture dispells any hope of boredom being found here by the roving eye ....
In fact, that ripple of shiny surface texture enhances the subject matter  perfectly.
In fact, that ripple of shiny surface texture enhances the subject matter perfectly.
A moody Sunday afternoon photo brought into an expanding and waxing story ....
A moody Sunday afternoon photo brought into an expanding and waxing story ....
Once upon a time, I embedded a photo in Master Paste Original Cold Wax Encaustic Fusible Medium.
Once upon a time, I embedded a photo in Master Paste Original Cold Wax Encaustic Fusible Medium.
.. using all this stuff ....
.. using all this stuff ....
I hope you enjoyed this step by step record of my MPO photo embedding process. Master Paste Original is a Cold Wax Encaustic Fusible Medium created & made by Antonin Sedlacik ; Montreal, Canada. And I am Michael Bossom from Wales. This photo was taken on a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon at Amroth in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The artistic process was already begun on that day, sufficient to take the photo at least. The embedding process (just watched) is an advancement of that initial interest. After the SUnday came a decision to keep the digital photo and slightly alter it's original tonal qualities. Then, another day came,and the decision taken to print this photo as one of a collection being manifest in non-digital form (a real photo to hold and touch and smell and wave about). Finally the moment came when this photo was chosen by me to be the embedding project's subject and star. Such decision is in a continuous flow; the flow of life's art. More information is at : www.masterpasteoriginal.co.uk  .......... thanks for working through this tutorial - hope it was worth the time you kindly gave. Be well and may your artistic expression fill more and more of that time which we label 'life'.    ............... Once upon a time ....
I hope you enjoyed this step by step record of my MPO photo embedding process. Master Paste Original is a Cold Wax Encaustic Fusible Medium created & made…