Dec 7, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Snowflake Stencil Fun !


Getting into the holiday spirit this week !
I used to revert to a complete sort of sparkle glitter fever when this time of year came around . Uncontrollable glass glitter and sparkles everywhere, the more the merrier.  So much that I was sweeping and vacuuming sparkles up clear through the month January .  I find that that part is really no longer true. However , my deeply loved tradition  of a handmade holiday is definitely  rooted in my dna . Every year I still wish that my Mother would have kept the Santa , Mrs. Claus and Tin soldier  ornaments that she created  and hand painted dozens of for the entire tree when I was a girl. They had very geometric almost psychedelic  hand painted outfits.   I guess after about 10 or so years she figured they were out  dated and we moved on to those sequin ornament kits from the craft store. Does anyone remember these? I still have some that we made together and I hang them every year. We had several displays set out at  Christmas each hand painted throughout  the years by my Mother. 
Christmas was also a time for 3 generations of girls to get together and create . This  included my Grandmother , who was a professional landscape artist in northern California .  Over the years we created what ever theme my mother came up with for that year . Huge Mr and Mrs Santa dolls out of Panty hose, Christmas villages, and the year I insisted we recreate Faberge eggs, which I lovingly place  on my tree today. 



Here are some of the ornaments that I have painted this season . My Mother showed me how to do these years and years ago . We used to take all of the used and scratched up balls and bleach them . Then paint them with beautiful abstract swirls inside.  
Now you can of course by them already clear and save that oh so smelly step ! Still recycling has its strong merits as well. 





Wax on Wednesdays!

While strolling through the isles equipped with my 50% off coupon, I found this stencil in the craft paint isle of Michaels last week. It reminded me of snow flakes ! 


Perfect for a December Wax on Wednesdays to show that stencils are great for use with encaustic ! One of the boards went as planned. The second I played around with for quite a while taking it in a few directions. When I became dissatisfied with the overall composition and coloring , I decided to take a step back in order to move forward. I over fused purposefully melting back everything to a flat state . This then became a beautiful swirled background for a new pattern ! 

So do I show you my full process of what I went through in the video , or just edit like I planned it that way the whole time? 
Right ! You know me to well. This was a perfect opportunity to also show that each layer is a journey and an important part of the process. No mistakes , just keep going ! It will find its way eventually and you will probably teach yourself something very valuable  in the process. 


If you would like to view the video directly on the Youtube channel click 

If you love encaustic , creating beautiful papers, creating handmade papers, and creating handmade journals , "Encausticology Paper Journey " online workshop begins in just a few weeks ! 


 Details are on the online workshop page of this blog , and in the Etsy shop. 
Also not too late to enter for the drawing for 1 free spot in Encausticology Paper Journey workshop ! Because I was taking care of a recovering from surgery hubby all weekend , I have extended the  drawing to selecting the winner this Sunday December  11. Simply leave a comment on the post . Also sharing  on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter, Instagram etc etc  and social media  will get you entered in the drawing one  additional  time for each share ! Please let me know where you shared so that I can make sure and enter you for each time you shared in the drawing  :) 

Blessings to you,
Shari 

Nov 30, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Glad to Be Back and Holiday Ornaments !


After several hours  layered , bundled, and covered in confetti from the clowns , I got to see this little lady march by me in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They all  left the hotel at 5:55 am on the subway in just their little costumes for Central Park , and they marched and then danced at Harold's Square for the tv performance portion of the parade. It was a wonderful week and once in a lifetime experience for all of the  dancers . We were able to have some quality mother daughter time sightseeing  in between rehearsals , and the week flew by before we knew it . 

Back in the studio , I wanted to do some sort of holiday ornament with  some of the  hand painted encaustic embedded rice papers that I am completely addicted to . Something simple to frame some of my favorite parts of each painting . When they are hung these little ornaments illuminate like little paper lanterns when placed on a twinkling lit tree. 




I did some with and some without  glitter. I am not a huge glitter fan , but I do enjoy a little sparkle on the Christmas tree. The glitter portion is completely optional . I did enjoy the look of the plain darkened annealed steel framed against the paper as well. I purchased the wire from Ace Hardware. 


If you would like to join me in exploring the wonderful world of creating these papers and a whole lot more , there is just 48 hours more to receive the 20% off Early Bird Registration for "Encausticology Paper Journey " online workshop ! 


To see all of the details for this workshop click 
Enter the code "encausticologypaper" to receive the 20% discount. 




Supplies I used this week :
encaustic painted rice papers
darkened annealed steel wire
"Yes" paste
extra fine glitter 
wire cutters
jewelers block ( Michaels)
hammer

If you would like to view this video directly on the Youtube channel click 
Also not too late to enter for the drawing for 1 free spot in Encausticology Paper Journey workshop ! I will be drawing the winner this Sunday December 4th. Simply leave a comment on the post . Also if you would like to share on Pinterest , Facebook , Twitter, Instagram etc etc I will enter you an additional  time for each share ! Please let me know where you shared so that I can enter you for each time in the drawing  :) 

Blessings,
Shari 

Nov 17, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Sometimes Less is More and Workshop News !

There is something about witnessing these  papers absorb the wax pigments that is meditative, seductive , and magical. Encouraging the curiosity  to keep going and the excitement to see what will happen next.  
Each move builds on the one made beforehand , each color blending and adding to the story .  Every piece feeling like it has a story to be told . To be revealed.   

Registration is now open for 
"Encausticology Paper Journey" online workshop.
Early Bird registration sale now through Dec 1.
Save 20% Off with coupon code "encausticologypaper" at checkout 
in the Etsy shop. 


How About a Giveaway ! 
There is also a giveaway  for one free slot in the workshop! 
Simply leave a comment on this  post to enter. If you would like to enter more than one time simply share about the workshop on social media ( pinterest, Facebook, blog, twitter , instagram etc etc. ) and let me know where you shared in your comment here. And, a huge Thank You so much ahead of time for sharing !
The drawing for the giveaway will be Dec 1 ! 
Week 3 of "Encausticology Paper Journey " online workshop 
No brush hot plate painting ! 


This will be the last Wax on Wednesday for a couple of weeks here because Ms. Reagan is dancing in New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ! Woot ! We are excited to leave for the Big Apple ! 

Supplies I used this week:
2 masonite boards
white encaustic medium
tissue paper (painted with india inks)
Yellow encaustic paint
green encaustic paint
oil sticks
heat gun 
india ink

Sometimes Less is More
 Sometimes the supplies come out , excitement sets in , and the urge to keep going , or maybe the uncertainty of when to stop presents itself . 
This week I wanted to do a couple of pieces with some tissue I had painted with india inks for the purpose of using it in collage. 

As I progressed and looked from one piece to the other , one of them seemed as though I had gone a little too far . The composition was poor, and there was just too much going on. The wonderful thing about encaustic of course is there are no mistakes!  I was able to frame the section I wanted revealed with a layer of black encaustic paint, and hone in the composition to something the eye could now follow. 
Encaustic as a medium allows you to scrape back to reveal , cover over , and build upon previous  layers . 


If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel please click 

Blessings
Shari 

Nov 9, 2016

All New Encaustic Workshop and THE Holiday Workshop Sale!

No wax on Wednesdays today , but the Holiday sale for 2016 is here and it is HUGE. 50% OFF All workshops today through Friday (3days) Only. And, it includes the new encaustic workshop! 
One of the journals from "Encausticology Paper Journey"
 online workshop

I am beyond excited to share this 14 th online workshop with you! 

"Encausticology Paper Journey" 

Join me on a 6 week journey and adventure into freeing your mind , and flexing you creative muscles in exploring the completely magical effects of encaustic and paper.
Workshop includes:
- Intro to encaustic including tools, set up , and safety 
-Let's go paper hunting ! Finding the best papers for use with         encaustic 
-Mono printing
-Embedding a wide variety of papers with awesomely fun encaustic    techniques. 
-Let's create some handmade paper magic ! 
-Encaustic paintings on paper
-Encaustic Journals ! ( binding all of our beautiful monotypes and painted papersin gorgeous encaustic journals that we create from scratch!!!!) 
Here is one of the journals from "Encausticology Paper Collage" we will be creating from scratch !
Encausticology Paper Journal from Shari Replogle on Vimeo.




And of course lets find out what happens when we explore india inks, graphite , pastels, oil pastels, stencils , stamping, and more more more! 
Free yourself creatively, by loosing the fear of the blank page .
Free yourself creatively, and allow yourself to express your emotion through intuitiveness, color , and encaustic !
Workshop begins on January 15th with forever access to both the classroom and videos once purchased.
What if I am new to encaustic ? 
That's totally ok ! 
I go over all of the tools, basic set up, and explain  all of the projects from start to finish in the videos. 
All of my online workshops have LOTS of content to explore  and create with including suggestions and lots ideas for further study and exploration .

Registration details can be found in my Etsy shop 
HERE
simply ad coupon code holiday50 at checkout 

Let's Have a Giveaway!
I will be giving away one spot in the 
"Encausticology Paper Journey" 
online workshop!
Simply leave a comment here on the blog and you will be entered for the drawing. 
AND,
if you share this post (or a photo from it with link) on any social media (Facebook , pinterest, instagram , your blog what ever you think of lol etc.)  I will enter you in the drawing one time for Each share  ! Simply make sure you let me know how many places you shared in your comment here on the blog so I can enter you :)
Thank you so much ahead of time to anyone who shares . It means a tremendous amount to artists who are self promoted to help get the word out. 

to receive the 50% off any of the workshops add coupon code " holiday50" at checkout in the Etsy shop. 
If you would like to purchase here on the blog I will refund you the 50% after purchase through Pay Pal. 

Now I can't wait until January 15 Th !!
Blessings,
Shari  




Nov 2, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Wonderful Warm Colors of Fall with a Wood Glue Burn


First off some photos of the workshop this past weekend at Marco's Paper in Dayton Ohio hosted by the lovely ladies ( Debbie and Braenda) of White Iris Arts. 
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This was a wonderful bunch .
 All of the creative juices were flowing in this room ! 

The following photos are just some of the awesome student works in the workshop . As usual when I am going through the photos at home , I wish I had my camera out taking twice as many photos. We get carried away creating and I forget to get the camera out !

Watching all of these works evolve is my favorite part. I love seeing what techniques everyone enjoys the most and where they go with it individually . Each student learned the same techniques, and each work is completely unique , beautiful , and not remotely similar. It renews my spirit each time to watch as a student falls in love with encaustic as a medium and discover what they can do with it. 
















Wax on Wednesdays !
I love the beautiful warm caramel colors of 
Fall . A wood glue burn emulates these colors quite well when done on a birch board panel. 
Supplies I used this week:
4x4" cradled birch board panels
white encaustic medium
black encaustic medium 
india ink
wood glue
creme brûlée torch
ephemera






Dry brushed texture . 
                                                          
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Blessings,
Shari