Are you curious about Encaustic?
Glad you asked!
Encaustic, or "hot wax painting’ is a fairly uncommon and absolutely captivating medium known for its versatility and unique surface qualities. It is both ‘painterly’ and 'sculptural' and holds unique possibilities for collage and mixed media artists. Students quickly grasp how the addition of beeswax and pigment in their chosen repertory of visual or intuitive imagery translates into dimensional, translucent art.
Encaustic is one of those mediums that you must experience with your own hands and eyes. I teach traditional techniques for building stable, layered paintings and gaining control of the properties that make molten wax so versatile. One important concept that I try to drive home with students is how critical various temperatures are to working with molten wax. Degrees of hot and cool allow for distinctly different techniques. You paint with a hot liquid but you can only manipulate wax at cooler surface temperatures. You'll see.
Encaustic is vitually limitless. At the proper temperature, it can be
and so much more.
In addition to basic methods, my classes cover an ecclectic range of mixed media techniques that can be incorporated into or transformed with beeswax:
- Collage and the use of found objects
- Indigo dye processes
- Rust printing on silk
- Incorporating original photography
- altered book art
- Encaustic monotypes
Private instruction, small group classes and workshops. All levels.