Oct 26, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Fun Color Layers with Masking Technique!

This week I have been a busy bee :) creating handmade encaustic paint in the studio not just for me per usual, but for my workshop this weekend in Dayton Ohio at Marco's Paper!

These take some time, and are made with lots of love, and attention to smooth beautiful  pigmentation .

Contact White Iris Arts to be added to wait list 

 ( full) If you would like to join me for a full day of encaustic creating!
October 29
Marco's Paper 
Dayton Ohio
catered lunch is included ! These ladies at White Iris Arts have an entire day of fun planned while we create and explore the wonderful world of encaustic painting. 
Here is the link for all of the workshop details

Wax on Wednesdays !
Fun Color Layers Masking Technique
This is a really fun method of creating geometric shapes and  color layers. 

Supplies I used this week:
masonite boards
encaustic medium
handmade encaustic paints
heat gun
R and F black oil paint stick
vegetable oil 
masking tape 

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

Blessings to you,

Oct 25, 2016

 My focus in the studio this Fall has been to concentrate on creating a  consistent body of work.
In order to stay on task , it helps a great deal to also stay consistent with my time when I am in the studio.  I have been sticking to routines as much as possible in order to maximize my painting time while there. 

As artists we are constantly exploring creative avenues, and with all of these ideas rolling around in our heads  that we want to try, but it can sometimes actually hinder us from moving forward as much as a creative block can. 

 Constantly jumping from discipline to discipline ,  medium to medium , can actually take away from developing  consistency and developing an individual style  in your painting. 
In the past I would constantly jump from an encaustic collage, to assemblage, to an encaustic burn, etc. etc. etc. 
Right now I am trying to stay on task , and finding that my paintings develop much further , and I am able to progress in  my discoveries of both my self, and my technique and personal style that way.  

By staying consistent most of the week . I might give myself one free day to let loose and work in a different medium altogether or play with a different technique so I can continue to feel fresh. 

By holding to this practice instead of going off on every idea that comes to mind, I am able to explore, examine , and investigate , a concept,  theme,  or composition,  in progressively deeper ways, than is possible by making just one piece in any certain style. 

This  process itself is ever evolving for me and quite exciting. Each week I discover new things , and am able to look back at works from weeks past and see the evolution which is quite exciting!

Live Encaustic Workshop October 29
Marco's Paper 
Dayton Ohio
On a completely different note, I am excited to say that  there is just a few more days to go to the workshop at Marco's Paper in Dayton Ohio. 
A Few spots left if you would like to join us !

 A full day of encaustic exploration , catered lunch, snacks, and I will be giving away one of my original encaustic pieces at the workshop  :) 
ALL materials are included in registration price. 
So all you have to do is come and play, learn, explore, discover, create , and enjoy the magical and ancient medium of encaustic ! 
To see all of the details for the workshop and register go to this 

Oct 19, 2016

Wax On Wednesdays Encaustic Collage with Vintage Elements

With Fall in the air , I begin feeling that Fall color palette. 
For me collage with vintage elements feels very "Fall like" with all of the rich caramel and brown tones. 
I keep the compositions fairly simple and always intuitive. 
I love the way the paper absorbs the beeswax . The way it saturates and enhances the colors of these vintage pieces. 
It's like pressing that "enhance" button on Photoshop, but you are using your fingers and the natural elements of beeswax and damar resin to do the magic! 

 Supplies I used this week:
old photo cabinet card
vintage flash card
vintage skeleton key 
vintage 1st reader cover
brown painting paper from hardware store
white encaustic medium
black encaustic medium 
clear encaustic medium
india ink
heat gun
masonite board 6x6"
natural bristle brushes

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

 Live encaustic workshop? 
If you are in the Dayton Ohio area I will be teaching a 
one day encaustic workshop 
October 29, 2016
at Marco's Paper
If you register before October 25, you can save $5.00 off registration !

A full day exciting journey of hands on encaustic creating and exploring. We will cover equipment , set up, tools, colorants , a wide variety of techniques, and even create some of your own tools by hand , and lots of encaustic painting! 
This one day event features catered lunch, drinks , snacks, an art giveaway, and a chance to immerse yourself completely into creating in the wonderful world of encaustic !

To see more details and register click 
These encaustic landscapes "Morning Reflection' series just listed in the Etsy shop ! 

Just a few more days to register for "Encaustic Mini Journals and Painted Pendants" online workshop and save 20% ! 
use the code "earlybird20" at checkout to receive the discount. 
click the photo above for details. 

Blessings, and happy creating !

Oct 12, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays! Something Spooky This Way Comes ....

 Something a little spooky and fun for this week's Wax on Wednesdays! 

I found these little guys on a dollar store hunt . They were supposed to be a  spooky garland , 
so I scored 5 of the little cuties for a dollar !

At Halloween and Christmas I tend to catch  a nostalgic 
"cutsie-itis" itch that I just have to scratch.  Christmas cards, Holiday ornaments, Halloween decor ( using encaustic of course :) 

Insider confession , for this project I turned up Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party" , and 
"This is Halloween" from Nightmare Before Christmas, to further feed my Halloween mood .  ( gotta love Danny Elfman :) . 

Supplies I Used this Week 
masonite boards
white encaustic medium
dollar store skeletons
graphite powder 
make up sponge
orange soft pastel
heat gun 

New Original Works !
 I will have some new original pieces up in the Etsy store Friday ! 

Live Workshop!
Would you like to come to a live workshop?

I will be at Marco's Paper in 
Dayton Ohio
October 29 
for a full day encaustic workshop ! Here is the link for all of the details and to register for the workshop. 
Click HERE for details .
There will be giveaways, catered lunch, and lots of creating with encaustic ! 

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

"Encaustic Metal Journals and Painted Pendants" 
Online Workshop !
Workshop begins November 1st. 
A mini workshop that is not mini at all !
Encaustic Metal Journals and Painted pendants is excerpted from  "Encaustic Art To Wear "
and now is a stand alone workshop ! 

Receive 20% OFF  ! 
Early Bird Registration on this workshop now through October 25 
using coupon code "earlybird20
To see details for this workshop click
All workshops are self paced and available 24/7 with lifetime access after purchase! 
Blessings to you,

Sep 28, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Grunge and Rust ! And a live workshop

Continuing with the final installation of "Embedded texture journey" this week . I feel like the last 2 weeks have evolved into more assemblages than simply texture but , it's all still good fun in encaustic !

Essex Studios Fall Art Walk!

If you are in/ or planning to come to the Cincinnati area , "Essex Studios" is having their Fall open studio gallery art walk next week October 7-8 from 6-10pm . There are over 100 different artists at Essex, and  My studio will be open for visitors ! I will be showing  many new pieces of my latest  encaustic series . 
If you are planning to attend stop by studio #246 for a visit ! 

How about a live workshop ? 
 Encaustic workshop October 29 in Dayton Ohio ! 
Registration opens next week . I will post a link for it  here as soon as registration opens : ) 

Supplies I used this week :
Masonite board
White encaustic medium
Graphite powder 
Sennelier soft pastels 
Paper towel roll
Heat gun

If you would like to see the video diectly on the YouTube channel 

Blessings, and happy creating!

Sep 21, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Texture Turned Assemblage With Pan Pastels

Continuing on the texture journey this week , I came across these little guys and just couldn't resist. As a result this weeks "Wax on Wednesdays" pieces are more 3D encaustic assemblages than textures , but what fun !
They are paper Ketchup cups from fast food/self serve type restaurants !
The fact that they are paper, absorb the wax , and light weight , make them perfect embedding material for encaustic. 

The fun part was shading the pieces  with the Pan Pastels. 

Last week I took a field trip from the studio over to Ms. Reagan's high school.  
I was a guest artist for 3 days and had the honor of introducing the ancient art of encaustic to the Honors Art3/ AP art class.  Amazing experience , Amazing students, Amazing art was created ! 

This is just some of the work that was created as some of the students were not quite done with their projects just yet. 
22 in all and each and every piece was completely and wonderfully unique. I can't say enough about these amazing young artists . 

 Yes ! We did shellac burn cautiously :)

What a wonderful experience this was , to see where everyone would go with their pieces , and their new encaustic knowledge . Each piece as unique and fabulous as the artist that created it.  I can also see how much all of the students are inspired daily by this wonderful lady, Thank you Ms. Burris ! 

If you would like to view the video directly on the youtube channel click 
Supplies used this week:
masonite boards
encaustic medium( white)
Pan Pastels
heat gun
paper ketchup cups
vintage ephemera

Blessings , and have a wonderful creative week !