I named this piece "Unravel" because of the loose strips of muslin arranged to appear random and loose, as though they had once been used to bind something, and over time the binding has come undone and is just hanging limply, not accomplishing it's purpose. The gears add to the idea of passing time and movement, and the feeling of neglect. The whole piece gives the impression of being untouched for a long time.
Once I finished this piece, I was surprised to realize I hadn't used any paint. Walnut ink is what makes up the brown background. I used strips of unbleached muslin dipped in wax to create the 3D wave-like effect, and used an oil pastel stick to add a little texture to the fabric. The gears and compass were the last addition.
I'm finding the possibilities of encaustic art even more limitless than I imagined.