Jan 27, 2015

New Wax on Wednesdays Video is up!

This week was all about lots of texture, and 
collage with vintage ephemera, and fibers. 

The Materials I used this week:
masonite board
Rand  F encaustic gesso
R and F encaustic medium
 Sennelier paint sticks:
Burnt umber
titanium white
yellow ochre
Ranger alcohol inks
clay tools for mark making, and scraping
rubber stamps
vintage ephemera and fibers

This is a time lapsed video . 
It has many ,many layers in order to achieve the depth of the texture,
 and was actually done over about 3 days time . 
I tried to show the most important parts when it morphed into the next phases of existence :)
Here is this weeks
Wax on Wednesdays ! video
Hope you enjoy!

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Live workshops!
The Caretaker Encaustic Doll Assemblage
Artiscape Art Retreat 
Columbus , Ohio 
Saturday April 11, 2015
She is metal, 
she is encaustic, 
she is assemblage,
 with beautiful purposely assembled
vintage findings that describe her journey.  
You can see all of the details for this workshop, and register 


Jan 23, 2015

Happy Friday and New Live Workshops Registration Open!

A Happy Friday to you !!
I have a little bit of everything for you today. 

The winter edition of Prims Magazine is out ,
and this little guy is in there ! 
This is one of my favorite magazines.
There is always such awesome cuteness inside . Great photos and eye candy 
for days, to make you smile through the winter chills ! 

Registration is now open for Artiscape 2015 in Columbus Ohio 
This super fun Art Retreat will be April 10-12, 2015

is one of 4 workshops I will be sharing with you 
at Artiscape. This one is Friday April 10 , 12:30-5:30
You can see all of the info here:

"Encaustic Story Telling" 
Love assemblage, vintage, small collections, and telling a story? If you have been wanting to learn the addictive technique of encaustic painting, this class is for you! Learn all of the basics of this medium, including texturing and mark making. Then take it up a notch and learn to embed beautiful treasures in your encaustic painting, all the while creating a story thread that engages your viewer into your entire design. Your completed encaustic assemblage will have a unique story to tell.

This workshop will be Sat April 11 
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To see all 50 awesome workshops at this retreat click link below:

Here are a couple more faces for 100 faces project .
I think this #4 and #5

 A quick sketch in one of my handmade journals, 
and a page layout in my Moleskine journal. 
Question for you.
 There will be a new "Wax on Wednesdays" up this coming Wednesday the 28th.
would you like a video on other things as well, 
like how I make one of my simple handmade journals for instance? 
I am trying to keep the Youtube channel as some creative fun and entertaining 
"coffee break " 
type videos around 10 minutes max.
Let me know your input ! 

Blessings to you,

Jan 21, 2015

Encaustic Mini Mask Assemblages Now Open and New Live Workshops!

With the opening of the workshop  yesterday , WOOT !
Encaustic Mini Mask Assemblages and Tribal Beads Workshop

there is no Wax on Wednesday Youtube video this week, 

Would you like to come and create, paint, explore, and build in  encaustic wax with me in person?
Here is a sneak peek of 2 of the workshops I will be teaching 
at "Artiscape" Art Retreat
in Columbus Ohio April 11-15

"Encaustic Story Telling" Saturday April 11 
 I will let you know all of the info for these and all of the workshops I will be teaching at Artiscape 
as soon as the registration is up here in just a couple of days!

"The Caretaker" Encaustic assemblage Saturday April 11
I am going to be setting up a better schedule for the Wax on Wednesday videos .  For right now every other Wednesday is going to be the posting schedule . So, there will be a new one up this coming Wednesday :)
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Blessings to you, 

Jan 15, 2015

New Wax on Wednesdays Video is Here!

Sorry this Wax on Wednesday is so late . 
Right after my last post, I caught a bad stomach bug for the first time in what seems like  forever, and it wasn't pretty like this!

 I forget to put my lipstick on half the time out the door , 
let alone when I'm in bed sick like this lady!
 In fact I think I went to bed with at least 10 layers of clothing on
 including my hubby's sweatshirt over my own ! :)

This week's "Wax on Wednesdays!"
 is creating fun collage by altering vintage photos.

The materials I used in this project are:
Fiber board
encasutic gesso
Encausticos Hot cakes (color)
Sennelier oil pastels (color )
prints of vintage photos
vintage ephemera for text
and R and F Encaustic medium 

Here are the vintage photos if you would like to use them
in your own creations :

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Almost time for the workshop !
Just a few more days
until the "Encaustic Mini Assemblage Masks and Tribal Beads"
workshop begins! Yay!!!!
We are going to have so much fun 
sculpting, mold making, casting, encaustic painting, 
and constructing assemblage pieces with fun vintage items , and encaustics !
You can see all of the details , and register for the workshop on the online workshop page of the blog. 


Jan 12, 2015

January Beginnings

As I told you in the last post , I have been very busy planning and structuring 
out 2015 for the last few months. 
Every few months I truly do need do assess where I am spending most of my time /vs. where my time is needed most .
 Lots and Lots of time on emails with you all (very needed and most important)  , and classroom work, editing, uploading ,photographing , posting etc. Packing , shipping , paperwork , and most of all practicing the will power to step away from the computer once the work is done, so that something else can get done like creating :)
A handmade journal I made for my Mother in Law for Christmas. Ssh it is late!

I am like anyone else that gets completely overwhelmed with social  media ,and will sit there in a stuper of a million photos and never create another thing again.
 I even think I may be hyper sensitive to it. If am I creating under deadlines or in a creating mode (for shows workshops articles etc ) I can pretty much only answer emails, and maybe post some updates. I cannot go on the internet, as it will almost block me creatively. 
I have to  just be in my own head. 
I added some Peerless water color tags I had made inside the journal

PInterest- (mind numbing addiction there should be a 12 step program for, and I would be the first to sign up, "addict #1") 
Instagram -( haven't got the complete hang of it yet , but the fact that updates buzz through on my phone can't be good or healthy for me)
Facebook (won't go near it for fear my eyes would never leave a digital screen again, and I would abandon all real human contact . Accept for the fan page because its kind of like a blog, well kind of ...)
Flickr  ( my first social media sharing experience, might be obsolete but you can't give up your first love) 
You Tube ( I have had to be physically drug away, no really  ) 
Twitter (thank God I have never been on it, I would probably still be there and  not be able to talk to you now) 
journal has lots of decorative papers (prints of some of my backround paintings )and pockets 

With all of that said , it is also a completely magical thing !!!
That we are able to  share  , and see , experience, and enjoy  ART like we have not ever been able to in the past !
I myself just require balance ,
 and like a small child of 6  or 7, 
I have to set strict  times, and time limits on myself 
when I can enjoy this wonderful social media world . 
and lots of stitching both machine and by hand which was a lot of fun!
I saw a lot of great stuff from the  "100 faces challenge" or "project" late last year , I am not positive where it began , but I think it might be artist  Sharon Tomilson as she has a facebook group for it. I do not have a regular facebook ,for reasons explained above. But, I noticed some posts  on Instagram , and flickr as well. So I can join in too! 
I hadn't drawn for over 2 months as I had been working ALOT on the metal workshops, so here is a great exercise to practice with. If I don't draw, and or paint at least  a little bit ,even if just a few minutes each day , I can loose my rhythm very quickly and it takes quite a while to get it back. And, then frustration can creep in . So , I had to set rules for myself. 

1. work through it and then call it done! 
I can easily re work this first painting 100 times and I would never get from face 1 to 100 . They would all be this  same face reworked 100 times! Even if I am not happy with it , it is face #1. Reagan is very good about keeping me in line on this . If she sees me rework the painting she will call me out as cheating LOL. 

Face #2 in my Moleskine
2. Beginning is the most important part of the work!
If you have fear of a blank page, make a mark on each one with some fun paint splatter etc. so it is no longer white, baron ,  and empty.
face #3 (my version of Tinkerbell for Reagan in my Moleskine)
3. Begin your journey by starting where you are .
Out of practice? Never done it before? Dabbler?
The only way to get better is to begin where you are at this very moment. 
Nobody in the history of the world sat down with a piece of paper and drew like Da Vinci ...
not even Da Vinci :)))

Journal page in my Moleskine

There will be an all new "Wax on Wednesdays !" this week !
This week's theme is photo collage.
Video will be up on Wednesday and I will share materials I used here on the blog with you :)

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2015

Happy New Year! New Workshop

 Just a few more days until 
"Encaustic Mini Mask Assemblages and Tribal Beads "
Online workshop opens!
This was requested by popular demand as a separate smaller workshop .
It was originally included in the Gigantic  Encaustic Art To Wear Online workshop, 
(which has 6 full weeks of different projects and over 14 hours of video instruction !!)

Now all of the casting and assemblage fun is available as a 3 hour workshop.

See the Youtube preview for this class here:

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I would love to have you join us for this encaustic assemblage adventure! 

This workshop is just 25.00 !!

 access as long as you like!!!!!
step by step instruction 
11 high definition videos, jam packed with OODLES of  info , and creative fun!
your online classroom
instructor available via email  :)))
instagram progress sharing if you would like to join in 

You can see the details and register here on the blog on the online workshop page , or in my Etsy shop

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Years. 
I don't make New Year's resolutions, but I do make art and business plans for the new year , which I have been working on for the past few months. 

More on all that exciting stuff next post :)))
BLessings to you ,

Dec 24, 2014

A Surprise Holiday Tutorial for You !

A Very Merry Christmas to you!
Reagan and I were on the home stretch of our "to do "
lists , 
and then both caught a flu bug. 
So ,this installment of "Wax on Wednesdays!" 
is a week late for you , but I hope it was  worth the wait.
I have had these rolling around in my mind for a while now, and
I thought they turned out pretty cute!
 Reagan helped me with 
all of them , so they are fun for older kids to help with as well.
Even younger ones can help out , maybe with the glitter sprinkles,
deciding the arrangement, or even painting some fun goodies to go inside!

If you want to make bunches of these (super economical) and don't
want to use real vintage Charlotte dolls. My Cast Charlottes in my Etsy store
are great for them too, and you can paint them or give them a faux finish!

I am giving  a little more detailed  instruction on this Wax on Wednesday edition , 
because it is my little Holiday
gift tutorial for you :)
I hope you will enjoy and give them a try , they are a lot of fun .

 Materials I used for this project:

pressed board discs from Hobby Lobby ( comes in a big bag with different sizes in wood section)
R and F encaustic medium
Titanium White Sennelier paint stick ( can also use oil pastel)
bottle brush tree ( cut of bottom to fit)
glass candle holder from Dollar Tree
deer from Hobby Lobby
Faux snow (craft store kind)
Antique Frozen Charlotte
Glitter (craft store extra sparkly!)
color your wax with :
white ecaustic paint
oil paint stick such as Sennelier
oil pastel ( just a little shaving, and mix in ) 

Make sure that when you are embedding the objects , you cover them really well with the
encaustic medium as deep as you can. They will just look like they are standing in snow drifts, but we know they are really secure , and won't come loose when shaking those snow flakes around !
Let your piece cool down for a few minutes and then check to see if it is secure. 
My bottle brush tree was a little tall , so I removed the bottom of the tree and then trimmed the bottom with wire cutters until it fit in the glass dome.
Where there is a will there's a way !
Remember to fuse , fuse, fuse, in between encaustic layers!
safety tip
don't aim (or let your helpers aim, ) your heat gun toward embedded objects , this could be a fire hazard. 

Here is the Wax on Wednesdays! 
Holiday Snow Globe Video:

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Blessings and Merry Christmas to you,