Mar 4, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! Finding Alternate Colorant Choices Week 1

Happy Wax on Wednesdays! 

 This month for the "Wax on Wednesdays!" video series , we will be
exploring alternative ways of adding color to encaustics , rather than using the slightly more traditional encaustic paints, oil paint, oil sticks etc. 

This week we will be using.....

Only graphite , and regular encaustic medium were used on these paintings.

The whole purpose of this months exploration is to try and keep studio costs down, while still having the full enjoyment of using encaustics in your art work. 
So , in the video I am using things that are pretty common . 
graphite sketching pencils
graphite stick ( I think it came in a sketching pencil set)
water soluble graphite pencils
encaustic gesso
encaustic medium 
denatured alcohol

Everything listed above can be found in Michaels or Hobby Lobby etc. except  for the encaustic gesso and medium, and you probably already have on hand. 

If you do not want to shave the graphite into a powder yourself , you can purchase it in a powder form . 
This is usually found at an art store. 

graphite powder.

 For this project, I started off with several  inexpensive 5x7 hardboard flat panels to experiment with. 

Once I have found the effects that I am enjoying   the most, 
I will use them on a larger scale painting later on. 

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I hope you enjoy the series this month, and give it a try !

Want to take a live encaustic workshop with me ?
I will be sharing 2 encaustic workshops at
Artiscape in Columbus Ohio April 10-12
To see details for
"Encaustic Story Telling " workshop 
To see details for

'The Care Taker" Encaustic Doll Assemblage

Blessings to you,

Mar 2, 2015

Good Monday! I Have a New Website!

Good Monday to you!

I am a bit excited this morning, even though we have another impending snow and ice warning this week. I am choosing to think only sunny thoughts as it is March after all.

"Ongoing Conversation" 8x8" Encaustic and Mixed Media on Board

I have a new website !
It has been quite a few years since I have had one. Once blogger improved significantly (does anybody remember what it was like in the old days to try and load pictures on blogger , and have them disappear? lol) , and Etsy grew and evolved , I have solely depended on the two for both news information, and sales etc. 

"Finding the Way Forward" 8x8 Encaustic and Mixed Media on Board
I am still keeping both the blog , and Primology the Etsy shop of course. I just felt I needed something that brought all of me together if you will, in a little more organized fashion, Ha!  You can get to the blog, Etsy, online workshop page , youtube channel, etc all from the new site. 

I am still tweaking , and fussing with it every time I think of something to fix, but it is finally presentable for you :) I would love if you hopped over for a visit ! 

Wax on Wednesdays! News 
"Change" 8x8" Encaustic , oil ,graphite, india ink on board
I have had many questions both from the "Wax on Wednesdays! " on youtube, and the encaustic workshops (Encasutic Mini Assemblage Masks , Encaustic and Metal Journal Let the Journey Begin, and Encautic and Metal Art to Wear) asking "What else can I use for coloring when the oil sticks and Encaustic paints are so costly?"

"Surrounded" 8x8" Encaustic and Mixed Media on Board 
It's true the wonderful thing about encaustic is that your equipment is minimal. But the colorants can be up there in price if you are just starting out.

I am dedicating the whole month of March for the Wax on Wednesdays! videos , to be "Exploring different wax to provide color in your Encaustic work. "

I hope you will enjoy the series this month. And ,it inspires you to give encaustic painting a go !
I also have realized that I haven't had any new finished works in my Etsy shop in some time!
I have been  hoarding all my pieces  for upcoming shows in April . But I will be sharing these smaller works in the shop today . They are  8x8"s and will be up in just a bit in the Etsy shop :). 

Blessings to you,

Feb 25, 2015

"Wax on Wednesdays!" Fun Mark Making Tools for Encaustic Painting

This week I am showing  a super fun tool  to add all sorts of mark making to your encaustic paintings. 
There is literally endless number of ways you can add really beautiful marks to your encaustic with this tool. You can even paint with it! 
What is it? 
Craft store wood burning tool :)

Now there are several kinds out there. I have the one with a temperature dial on it . It is a little bit more expensive , but well worth it ,as you only need a little bit of heat to create marks in the wax. Also ,you can vary your types of markings by adjusting the temperature. If the wax is too hot it will sort of melt back into place , like you are fusing it, instead of creating a mark. 

They usually come with different nibs or bits that you can change out and create beautiful variation in patterns. 

I enjoyed the scrimshaw looking effect of the faux frame  on the white back round.

My 3 little boards were fairly heavy vs. the base plywood board , so I glued them down first using e6000. 

This Weeks Supply List

3 small wood boards
1 plywood board
oil paint sticks (I use Sennelier)
 Encaustic Medium  ( I use R and F brand)
craft store wood burning tool
e6000 to glue smaller boards to larger substrate

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I have  buried myself in the studio lately, getting preparations ready for upcoming live workshops, and working on some larger paintings for my upcoming Spring shows.
My focus on my own works
( I say that , because I feel the "Wax on Wednesdays!"
works are to share for everyone , and I try to sort of  gear the colors ,
 and what I use etc.   so that it can translate  into multiple styles ,
and be taken many directions if you would like to try out the
 techniques in your own style :)
"The Satchel" 12x16" metal , oil, encaustic , on cradled board
Whereas my personal work , is more deeply related to how
 I am feeling at the time, and my relationship with the wax.
It does feel like a relationship .
Maybe that is why I love it so.
 It is definitely give and take. Push and pull. Forward and backward.
Harmony and conflict.
"Walls" 12x16 on cradled board
The best way to describe this latest series is
"Organic decay"
Not originating from  nature,
 but the effects of decay, and decomposition, of mankind's possessions over time .

Would you like to take one of my live workshops?
My next teaching venue is
"Artiscape " Columbus Ohio
Where I will be sharing 4 workshops in both  Encaustic, and metal work.
April 10-12
Click HERE for details .

and Happy Creating!

Feb 18, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! Encaustic Painting February Angel

This week on "Wax on Wednesdays!" 
I am sharing a little February Angel.
I love incorporating vintage fibers and creating collage ,
 and rich texture with them. 
Sometimes I help them along with some tea staining, for variation in the layers of whites and creams.  I incorporated a few of the larger pieces into the wax of the piece as you see in the video. But, many more delicate layers were hand stitched on to these base pieces afterwards .
She is very light weight for embedding in the wax ,because she is actually a plaster cast of a vintage porcelain charlotte doll. 
the original vintage ones are much heavier. 
If you don't have any castings of your own, and would like to try this , I do sell the plaster cast Charlottes in my Etsy store regularly . 

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If you do not see the video , you can view it directly on the Youtube channel 

Supplies I used this week
R and F encaustic medium
masonite board
encaustic gesso
Paper clay
clay tools
vintage kid leather gloves, lace, muslin, linen , and buttons
plaster cast Charlotte doll
vintage ephemera
Sennelier paint sticks : burnt sienna
sennelier oil pastel : gold
brass chain for hanging
I will hopefully have another post for you late this week.
 We have had several days of snow , and our water heater broke on Sunday!  They have finally got a replacement in that is coming today . WOOT!
(praying that they can still get here after the snow we had last night)

The Dane-osaurous  is feeling much better , but   still goes every other day for bandage changes (except for the morning we were all snowed in! ) The doctor says she looks good though, and the tumor she had was benign so that was great news! 
The real  bummer this week , is that my 5 pounds of wax that I ordered is stuck somewhere in snowstorm Octavia !
 I think I will feel much better after a nice hot shower :))) 
Warm Blessings to you,

Feb 11, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! An Epic Romance , of Undying Love

In this week's "Wax on Wednesdays! " we are still in the month of 
But, this week a little darker tale,
 of undying love. 
 This week was themed around Cathy and Heathcliff and 
their eternal connection to one another. 
I am more of an Austen girl myself, but Bronte's tragic romance holds
a very special place on a rainy day just the same. 

This week's supplies used:
Cradle board
paper clay
R and F encuastic medium
brass nails
vintage tin type photo
Sennelier paint sticks:
titanium white
Encaustikos Hot Cakes :red
clay tools 

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I hope that you enjoy !

I am a little on the slow side with everything this week , as our Great Dane-osaurous had
surgery on her foot, and needs extra TLC and help getting about !
I have to keep a constant eye on her , or I will have to put
"The cone of shame"
back on her head , and she DOES NOT LIKE it!
And when a Great Dane doesn't like something....
they can be a little hard to convince :)
And , I would much rather have her rest happily and comfortably. 
Blessings to you,

Feb 10, 2015

Some Beautiful Photos From FLY Workshop Creatologists!

Today I wanted to share some photos of beautiful  creations both in progress and finished with you. 

I am  sharing  some  photos from some of the awesome
in the "FLY Journal"  workshop.
Everyone of the photos I have seen shared from this class take my breath away down to the tiniest detail !

Miriam's plaster pages castings , and etchings
Miriam's collaged pages with fabrics, plaster, and metals
Karen's faux leather cover
Cecile's faux leather cover
Cecile inside cover
Cecile inside pages
Karen's fabric and metal collage pages

Karen's fabric quilted collaged pages
Jane's yummy metal textures
Jane's plaster page
Jane's faux leather cover
Miriam's fabric collaged pages

I have been searching for some of the photos you have sent in since FLY opened. If you have any that you would like to share of your FLY journal please send them in I would love to add them! Also , if I missed any that you have sent me, please just shoot me a note. If there wasn't the name FLY or photo in the subject box of the email I may have missed it in my search this weekend.

Fly Journal is an ongoing self paced workshop. It has over 9 hours of videos filled with TONS of techniques ! We construct the our journal from scratch inside and out! Woot!
For more details on this workshop please see the "online workshop " page of the blog, or it is also available in my Etsy shop.

There will be a "Part 2" to the Valentine "Wax on Wednesdays!" this week  with an all new project :)

Soon I will be featuring some of the photos from the "Encaustic Journal Let the Journey Begin" workshop so if you have any pics of yours that you would like to share , send them in!

Live Workshop!

This is the workshop I will be sharing on Sunday April 12 , 2015 in Columbus Ohio. 
We will be creating these super fun and gorgeous head  pins that can be used as drops, or focals themselves. They are so much fun, you can get addicted quickly!
These were also featured in the Fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine.
For all of the details of this workshop see link below:
Blessings to you,