I usually start out sketching on my IPad Pro and Apple Pencil using the procreate app. Then I project the drawing onto a wood panel. After that I choose a midtone base followed by a layer of beeswax. Then I build up from there in layer of wax mixed with oil paint. During this I have to fuse the layers together with a heat gun to make sure they stick together. The process also can be reductive by scraping away the excess layers. Another cool thing about encaustic painting is that you can do encaustic transfers of images and other text like you see in fourth step.