Encaustic Painting Workshop
with Hilary Norton
Do you know what Encaustic is? Well, Hilary will be able to teach you first hand! Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax mixed with colored pigments and resin. The medium is semi-translucent, allowing colors or embedded materials to show through the layers. Tinted paints can be semi-translucent or opaque. Encaustic wax is carve-able, and can be built up into thick textures, or melted and scraped glass smooth.
No painting or drawing experience is necessary for this one-day beginning encaustic painting collage class.
In this workshop, we will cover basic encaustic techniques including application, fusing, carving, scraping and intarsia. We will also work on a few mixed media techniques, including application of oil paint, oil pastels, and tissue. If time permits, we will play with masking and stencils. Students will be provided with handouts on materials and techniques.
Optional additional supplies:
The fun thing about wax is how well it combines with other mediums and collage. Small, lightweight objects can be incorporated to your work.
Feel welcome to bring lightweight items like pressed, dried flowers or leaves, cloth or lace scraps, an old drawing or water color painting to tear up or collage into the work, old photographs or art papers. Thin, lightweight papers will laminate in the wax easily. Heavier watercolor papers can also be used with more wax or with glue. Glossy papers won’t hold the wax well, so consider photocopying photographs and using the photocopy instead. String, paperclips, seeds, beads or feathers all work.