This is the first encaustic workshop in my series of four that I am presenting here at Art & Soul at Ocean City. Take all four classes to gain mastery in encaustic painting technique, or jump in anywhere along the way just for fun. Luminous Encaustics Studio on-the-Road brings excellent encaustic instruction right to your door, with a full encaustic studio set up, and small class size for personal instruction.
In this warm and waxy workshop, a solid foundation in encaustic painting will be laid as our hands find the rhythm of our hearts by the brushing of aromatic beeswax, tree sap and pigment onto springy wood boards in the creation of colorful, rich encaustic paintings.
So often the simple act of laying down a lively brushstroke is overlooked in our complex paintings, so it’s nice to get back to basics and create strokes and surface areas full of intention and energy. Layering color is it’s own art and in this workshop I will show you how to choose beautiful color palettes, and different ways to execute the same color ideas within one painting.
A unique qualitiy of encaustic painting is that the color you just laid down can be manipulated because it’s still in a soft and malleable state. Herein lies the reason encaustic painting is so valued to those who love both primitive process and contemporary results. The surface of your encaustic painting can be altered with the exquisite techniques that wood, ceramic and printing artists enjoy. We get to borrow their techniques, and, I might add, our satifaction is more immediate and enjoyable because it is executed in warm wax. I am referring to Sgraffitto, Intaglio and Intarsia. These three forms of digging into warm wax reveal your wax layers in different ways: scratching away at the surface for a distressed look, carving into the surface to reveal hidden color layers as a matter of design, and digging wax areas out completely, then filling with new colorful fragrant wax for contrast.
Your hands and heart will be renewed by playing with aromatic beeswax, tree sap and pure pigment. Come play! All levels of experience and non-experience welcome.
For more information, go to luminousencaustics.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Techniques covered in this workshop: varied brushstroke, color layering, surface quality: textured vs smooth, sgraffitto, intaglio, intarsia.
Materials Fee $45 payable to instructor at beginning of class includes:
Encaustic medium, encaustic Paint, use of encaustic brushes, griddles, skillets, little wax pots, torches, and a variety of encaustic digging, scraping and carving tools, some surface mixed media, handouts including luminous encaustics affirmations.
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
1. 3 wood painting boards (cradle boards are nice!), 6”x6” or 8”x8” or smaller - get dimensions you like, not to big! If you want to go tinier, you can double up on the amount of boards. Encaustic paintings are thick with many layers, so you don’t need as much surface area.
2. A few wads of paper towels for clean up
3. 2-3 pairs of Nitrile gloves
4. Wax paper for transporting paintings
1. If you own a small torch, please bring it as we will be sharing. Just empty it before placing it in your luggage, and put a note on it that says its empty.
2. You could jot down some colors and some imagery you like. No pressure- I’ll be there to give you ideas, but if you like, you could capture a few images in your phone and pop them into your notes to inspire you on the spot. Not too many- don’t confuse yourself. Limit yourself to two or three colors that grab your eye, and maybe the thought of “barn” or “ladder” or “hearts”, so when we get to carving doodly line, or choosing color for your first brushstroke, you’re ready.
Many of the required supplies may be pre-ordered from Artistic Artifacts. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, please visit: http://www.artisticartifacts.com.