A large area had been collaged with beautiful old atlas pages and I wanted to introduce a pattern within that shape, because I'm interested in creating a feeling of complexity. This series of photographs shows my process of cutting circles using that little wax can as a template and lifting out the map section, revealing the grid underneath. Once all were cut, I cleaned out the excess wax with small sculpting tools. I turned to my old 'real' blueprints and using the same template and cut inserts for all the circles. These were adhered with an application of encaustic medium, then fused with the heat gun. Notice in that top photo that the wax is already developing a fine luster.