In my “TERRA” series, I wanted to create a variety of patterns and texture that resemble the textures of the earth’s surface. To achieve the desired effect, I used different shellac techniques. Shellac gives different results depending on the time allowed to dry. I painted amber shellac on some parts of the encaustic painting and let it dry until it was tacky. Then I manipulated the tacky shellac with a heat gun to make spidery patterns. After the shellac had dried completely, I covered it with encaustic medium. Thereafter, I tinted clear shellac with dry pigment, poured it on some parts of the painting and hit it with a blow torch. Wet shellac ignites and burns and it is fascinating to watch the flames “dancing” on the painting, achieving (often) unexpected results. I would advise all fellow artists who want to try this technique to work outside (if it isn’t too windy) and to have an operable fire extinguisher nearby.