What experience do I need?
All levels are welcome! Beginners learn all the basics of encaustic painting. Those more experienced with encaustic, focus on refining their techniques and work on individual projects that will that foster creative development.
What supplies are included?
All basic supplies are included: wax paint and medium; brushes, scraping, scratching and scribing tools; stencil materials, fabric scraps, thread/string, paper, hot palettes, heat guns, torch; general studio supplies and mixed media supplies. Please note, two wood panels will be supplied for practicing techniques; you may wish to bring along additional panels or substrates to work on in class (see below for additional info).
What do I bring?
A sense of adventure and willingness to experiment!
A sketch book or notebook (for taking notes) and additional substrates are strongly suggested. Images or samples of your current work.
A supply list will be provided; you may wish to bring along collage elements (b&w photo copies of photos, text, natural fabrics, etc.), 2 & 3-D items, string/thread/yarn (no synthetics), sewing/knitting/crochet needles, or projects in progress. Any tools or materials you want to experiment with during the workshop.
What are recommended substrates/supports?
Encaustic paint is best used on a rigid surface that is absorbent and heat resistant.
Wood panels are great as a substrate. A lightweight panel can be made from 1/4” luan plywood braced with a wooden frame on the back. Heavier and sturdier panels are made from 3/4” plywood.
Unsupported, stretched canvas is not recommended - unless used as wall hangings - due to the flexible nature of canvas. Encaustic on canvas can crack depending on the thickness of the paint and is effected by changes of temperature and humidity.
2-Dimentional: (up to 12" x 12" is a good size for class)
braced luan or 1/4” plywood
plywood (1/2 -3/4” ply is good for practice boards)
pre-made panels (American Easel, Ampersand Clay Board, etc)
any rigid, absorbent and heat resistant material
Heavy watercolor or printmaking paper
any rigid, porous and heat resistant material