Saturday, June 12, 2010

encaustic class

day one of a 2 day encaustic class. kristy & i took a class with the same teacher 2 years ago, and were both excited to have the chance to do so again, this time closer to home with the possibility of future studio time.

these are the pigments that are mixed with the encaustic medium ( beeswax & damar resin) to make color.

the griddle set up. best temp between 200- 225. on the right is the medium, on the left the brush cleaner. the heat gun is used to fuse layers between applications.

a few small pieces in progress- practicing techniques from texture (left) to smooth.

here's a bigger piece started using collage elements & other techniques

at the end of the day-

looking forward to playing with some photos tomorrow. i have seen some wonderful photo/encaustic pieces and am most interested in playing with that. i really got started on mixed media & layering after i took this class 2 years ago, so it's going to be interesting to see what comes out of it this time....


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh, I very much like the one with the bird.
Of course......!!!
Have never tried these due to the coat of getting everything necessary, but frequently use beeswax and a small melting iron to change the texture of paper.
Nice work!


Judy Wood said...

Tough time of year to get enthusiastic about working with molten wax, flames and heat guns, but if it works for you, that's wonderful!! At least you have a fun option for art play if the cold and wet weather persists. Did my first shellac burn today--that's whole other kind of entertainment. Looking forward to seeing more of what you come up with in encaustics.

Barb said...

Are these tiles, Marianne? I really like the dragonfly and the little bird with face. Guess what - 4" of snow in my yard overnight! Aspens bent and broken...

marianne said...

hi all- thanks! anne- i'm not ready to invest either, which is why it's nice to have an open studio option in town. judy- first nice weekend & i'm inside in this class! oh well......
barb- they're wax on wood, but do look quite like tiles. no big surprise on snow at that altitude this late- i feel bad about your trees, though.