Feb 4, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays! Online Workshops, Live Workshops Oh My !

Lots of creating fun for you this week!

 Encausticology Collage Journey online Workshop has begun !

This is the first of 6 weeks for Encausticology Collage Journey 
online workshop. 
 You can join in with us  at any time at online 
workshop page up top here on the blog, or in the Etsy shop. 
Once you purchase one of my workshops, you have them with no
time limits or expiration dates :)

What do we do in the workshops? 
Well , this week we are making our own handmade encaustic paints!

And creating collage art  pieces with vintage ephemera. 

This week also marks the opening for Art Jewelry Adventure 2016 ! 
The cost is 99.00 for a entire year of full workshops from 19 different artists! 
This one is really diverse with a really wide range of gorgeous projects .

This month (beginning tomorrow Woot!)
is Cat Kerr's awesomely gorgeous project: 

My project begins in  April 
You get all of those full project workshops for the one price.
 If you would like to see more info on the projects and who is teaching, 
you can click

Columbus Ohio!
I will be teaching 4 different encaustic workshops at
in Columbus Ohio April beginning April 21st!

The first workshop is Thursday April 21st 
Registration should be opening for Artiscape at any time now !
 You can 
 check the website to see if registration has begun 
Seating is very limited for the live workshops , registration is made through the Aritiscape web site.

Wax on Wednesdays!
This week lots of color play with richly pigmented handmade encaustic paints.

Also, some encaustic stenciling ,and a surprise for the incising medium ;).

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

Did you do some intuitive painting warm up with me on Monday ?
 If you missed this week's  Monday Morning Warm Up video here it is :

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

Blessings to you,

Jan 29, 2016

Workshop Giveaway Winners, New VIdeo Series, and Adding More Dollar Store Items To Encaustic !

Lately I have been practicing a morning  warm up routine of intuitively 
I assemble all of  my supplies ahead of time . Mediums, colors , brushes, mark making tools.
The idea is to challenge my brain to make decisions intuitively, because I only have 5 minutes to complete the task. 
This is painting from how you feel in it's most raw from . No contemplating, no second guessing, no right or wrong .
 Just PAINTING in the moment. 

 I wanted to know if you might enjoy some little videos of the morning warm ups ? 
I thought to start out with Monday mornings might be nice. A lot of color , paint, 
and fun intuitive painting.
 A little splash of color with your morning coffee perhaps , before you begin creating your day ? Or, if you can't get to your creative space until the  evenings , or even the weekend , a little paint color goodness to tide you over until you can reach for those paints yourself and get to it !

And, I would love to have you join me in this warm up challenge!
If you would like to join the 5 minute warm up challenge , take a photo of your painting , say a little about it , how did you feel ?and post to 

#morningabstracts on Instagram 

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

 Here is the Wax on Wednesdays video for this week (on Friday :) Adding more of the dollar
store fun finds ,and embedding into encaustic !
And, a little surprise at the end …
Giveaway Winners Announced!
I won't spoil it by saying who it is, but if you are really you 
send me your email information so that I can get the workshop 
to you :)

If you would like to view the video directly on the Youtube channel click
Would you like to join in the fun ?
New workshop begins January 31st !

A super fun 6 weeks is almost here !!!!
All of the details for all of the workshops are on the "online workshop " page here on the blog or in the Etsy shop . 
Once purchased you have any of the workshops for as long as you like 24/7 with no time limits or expiration dates :)

Blessings to you,

Jan 19, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays , Dollar Store Haul , Workshop Excitement !

 Happy Wax on Wednesdays! 
I am actually going to get this one out to you on time this week . 
And , with everything that has been going on , that is something to be proud of :)
 My studio manager has been on and off sick again since before Christmas.
He has something in his lungs that is causing him to cough up blood in small amounts. I have been keeping home and at the Dr. about a million times and even an internal specialist but we have not solved the mystery yet. Today we start a round of medicine for "Lung Worm " Yuck !!!!
We are basically just checking off a list of things that it could possibly be. He has good days and yucky ones ,I am hoping he will be on the right track soon. 

I am holding off just a couple more days for the drawing for the slots in the Encausticology Collage Workshop!

You can still enter the drawing by leaving a comment on either of the last 2 posts :) I will announce the winners on Monday Morning ( 25th) . I wanted to have a chance to post a little video for the winners , because that is so much fun !! 

This week in Wax on Wednesdays ! Encaustic painting series , I am chatting a bit about what will be coming up in the next few weeks of videos before I begin this weeks project. 
Please feel free to leave a comment on the Youtube channel video, on your own finds, or if you tried the project, how did it go? Did you change it up? Did it give you another idea ? How are you enjoying your encaustic journey ? Etc . I love when a conversation gets started on the channel it makes it a lot of fun . 

Supplies I used this week:
Matches from dollar store
india ink
R and F encaustic medium
6x6x2" cradled board
Gorilla wood glue
the match book cover
oil sticks
graphite crayon 

To view the video directly on the Youtube Channel Click

EnCausticology Collage Online Workshop Begins January 31st !
Would you like to join me ?
Click on the "online workshop " page at the top of the blog to
see all of the details .

Jan 14, 2016

Happy Wax on Wednesday on Thursday :) Still Time to Enter Giveaway !

A little abstract landscape collage today using vintage ephemera. 
You can use collage as an excellent practice to get a feel for abstract compositions. Using the dark, light, and the natural colors of the vintage ephemera to help form your intuitive designs compositions . 
From there you can decide to add further additions of color or not. 
I added some oil colors and graphite to this little horizon. 

Supplies I used this week:
R and F encaustic medium
4x4x2" cradled birch board
heat gun
vintage emphemera
oil colors
graphite pencil
white oil pastel
old credit card for scraper
clay scraper

To see the video directly on the Youtube Channel click 

Just a couple of days left to enter the drawing for the free spot in the new Encausticology Collage workshop ! 
To enter simply post somewhere on any social media ( Facebook , pinterest, flickr, tumblr, blog, instagram etc. etc ) about the workshop and leave a comment saying where you posted . You are entered every time you post about it somewhere  and let me know!  :) Feel free to grab any of the photos etc from the previous post about the workshop to use when posting .
Blessings to you ,

Jan 6, 2016

Wax on Wednesdays Happy 2016!

Happy 2016 to Everyone !

I love watching the wax move and create it's magic !
This week a little shellac burn, but instead of using the torch , I use the heat gun for a slightly different effect. It is exciting  to explore the effects and changes that occur in the wax with just the slightest manipulation of tools . 
 Tools Used this week:
6x6x2" cradled wood panel
R and F encaustic medium
oil paints
amber shellac
india ink
heat gun

sometimes when receiving the post via email the video doesn't show up. To view the video directly on the Youtube channel click 

Would you like to join me for a full encaustic workshop?

"Encausticology Collage" 
Workshop begins January 31.
 Registration is now open! 
In this workshop we are exploring every aspect of encaustic collage and its application. 

What's in it?

"Let's begin at the beginning" ALL the basics , tools, equipment, set up, colorants, whys and why nots .


Revealing the art of stories through intuitive and expressive collage making 

using encaustic as our main uniting medium. 

4 full paintings start to finish

1  collage journal I can't wait to share with you (start to finish :)

jam packed with all techniques and information to add to your encaustic arsenal .
Hours of high quality videos of projects to inspire your creativity, and enjoy as long as you like!
 To register go to the "online workshop " page at the top of the blog, or on my Etsy shop:

 How about a giveaway?
I will be giving away 2 spots in this all new  workshop for 2016! 
Have you already purchased this workshop? 
If you are one of the winners of the giveaway, I will either refund your purchase price , or you can give the second workshop as a gift completely your choice !
To enter the giveaway simply share the workshop on ANY thing really (pinterest , Facebook, flickr, tubmlr,twitter, instagram etc etc etc . ) Then leave a comment letting me know  each place you shared and you will be entered that many times for the giveaway! Easy Peasy.
And, this really helps with getting the word out about the online workshop since in reality it is just little old me here creating behind the camera :) with no big commercial entity , and allows me to be able to offer the 2 free slots. 
So, a great 
 ahead of time for everyone who shares about the online workshops !

I will announce the 2 winners on January 16Th! 
Blessings to you in 2016,

Dec 17, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays Study and Create : Franz Kline

 Franz Kline 
1910 -1962
Franz Kline was an American Painter who studied art at Boston University , and spent his early years painting figuratively , landscapes, cityscapes , and portraits. His associations with friends such as William De Kooning helped influence his transitioning into abstract expressionism . He became well known for his black and white abstract paintings , and for his "action" style of painting. 

Kline did not like to suggest the meaning of his paintings . 
Franz is noted for stating: 

"I paint the white as well as the black, and the white is just as important" 
 Franz Kline "Figure 8"

Well let's see how this transitioned with encaustic !
For this weeks video I used large 18x24" sheets of 140lb water color paper. It was a wonderful exercise in line control, as the encaustic dries shortly after  contact with the paper. Almost the opposite of what Kline preferred in a painting medium.  

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If you cannot view the video , you can see it directly on the YOtube channel 

Materials I used this week:
R and F encasutic medium
graphite crayon
india inks
heat gun
water color paper 

"Seeing" 18x24" encaustic , graphite , and india ink on paper 2015
"Field" encaustic , graphite, india ink on paper 18x24" 2015

Dec 9, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! A Little Holiday Spirit

This week a little encaustic holiday spirit!
Are you giving the gift of your encaustic art work for Christmas?
Here is a perfect added little touch to a beautiful hand painted gift. 

Encaustic gift tags!
I used little pine wood ones from Michaels. If you can't find those , you can use a soft balsa wood from the craft store usually in the modeling section. This can easily be cut with scissors , craft knife. You can also use chip board and cut it in the shape of gift tags , or any shape that you like!

Materials I used this week:
oil colors
r and f encaustic paint
wood gift tags

To view this video directly on Youtube click