Jul 30, 2014

Welcome to Wax on Wednesdays #6!

Welcome to "Wax on Wednesdays" #6 !

This week was all about masking and layering. 

I love the way the oil colors sometimes separate when heated.
Its sometimes a fine line to walk between a soft and delicate subtle  separation, and "uh oh" totally devastating 
separation :) Slow and Careful , and gentle patience are key. 

The colors I used this week were Sennelier oil pastels , Shiva Paint Sticks, and Rand F
titanium white on cradled clay board. 

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"Silly Song and Carry On"
The beads we will be creating in the "Encaustic Art To Wear " Workshop !
I am in love with all of the possibilities with this technique. So much beautiful color , depth , and texture!

This is just one of the 6 full projects we will be getting into . Each week will feature and entirely new project!

Blessings to you,

Jul 28, 2014

On My Table Today

"It takes Courage"  by Shari Replogle -Quote  EE Cummings
This is on my table today. 
I thought it appropriate as I turn another year older today.
29 for the umpteenth time of course!

Encaustic Vessels by Shari Replogle

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Jul 23, 2014

Welcome to Wax on Wednesdays #5!

Welcome to "Wax on Wednesdays" #5!
This week is all about mark making in the wax both on clayboard, and paper substrates !
I used the Shiva Paint Sticks for colors this week.

The paper I used was a Strathmore mixed media paper . It was 140 lb and a little heavy for this installation. If I continue with the "mark Making "series , I will use a much lighter handmade paper  , which will also be better for the wonderful translucency that I love.

I have been in an encaustic Frenzy of creating and the studio is ready for a thorough cleansing ! A fresh work surface covering on my bench, and complete dewaxing is definitely in order as my Hubby was giving me funny looks as he peeked in yesterday. "What , is my there wax in my hair?" Yeah ,  most likely :)

  But ,first I wanted to show you this piece as it was in process. This one took quite a while , so time lapsed an understatement as I didn't want to bore you with all of the tedium , but wanted you to still get an idea of the stages it goes through. I also usually work on several at a time , so that I can let the wax cool down and rest in-between.

Although it doesn't show it,  yes-er- indeed-y, every single little thin layer is either fused with heat gun or torch.

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Jul 21, 2014

New Workshop Preview!

A special preview for you.
My new online workshop ,

"Encaustic Art To Wear"

Begins September 1, 2014.

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Here is the deal on this one.
This workshop is in reality

  6 full completely separate workshops, rolled into 1 price:)

I am so super excited to bring to you all of these  projects we will 
be doing in this workshop ,
which will revolutionize and bring a whole new 
aspect in creating Art to Wear jewelry with wax as the main medium! 

Once the workshop begins, participants will have the workshop for a full year.
But , do to its size ,and the volume of projects, 
once the class begins in Sept,
or fills beforehand, 
the class registration will be closed. 
This one just can't  be on going 
to purchase at any time so sorry. 

I may run it a second time somewhere out there in the future.
But I do not have a date set for this as of yet.

Each week , beginning Sept 1,
 we will be doing completely different projects concentrating on 
Art To Wear, using Encaustics. 

Gorgeous 3 dimensional sculptural pieces !

Super Fun!!!!

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Jul 16, 2014

No Wax on Wednesday today.
I am trying to get all my ducks in a row here for a  photo shoot of some of the
upcoming "Encaustic Art To Wear " workshop for you! 
I should have some nice pics and hopefully a preview on Sunday for you. 

There is someone in the house that 
is about to become a teenager on Friday!

She has to stay right side up, and on 2 feet for a couple of weeks
at least here, as she injured her hip  a few weeks ago.

 The doctor is saying it is Apophysitis .
Hopefully she can heal up here in the next month or so. 

Congratulations to her 
for being selected to Dance in the Disney World Christmas
Parade though!

Happy Birthday Reagan!

Happy creating to you!
Regular Wax on Wednesday will be back
next week:)

Jul 9, 2014

Welcome ! Come join us for Wax on Wednesdays #4!


Here is #4!
This week is alcohol inks , and all the fun magical ways it interacts
with the wax. 
It changes and transforms into beautiful shapes , and is wonderful for incising marks
and lines.
The abstract flowers remind me of a peacock . 
This painting video is a time lapsed over several days. 
I was drawn back to the rich vibrancy of the blue alcohol ink in the end. 

My favorite crayon in the whole box of Crayolas as a child
was "Cornflower Blue" ! I don't believe they make it anymore , so
I probably really dated myself with that tid bit of info . But, it was so alive  and exciting!

This is also a good description for the alcohol inks used with the wax.
"Alive and exciting!"
They move , and transform into what they will. Each time it is different.

What was your favorite crayon in the box,
and why?

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Blessings to you,

Jul 2, 2014

Wax on Wednesdays #3!

                                                I owe an extra Wax on Wednesday!
I will do my best to fit in an extra surprise Wednesday in here, in the next couple of weeks.
Truth told, I am back from a much needed brake for our annual trip to Disney .
Mosaics inside Cinderella's Castle originally designed by Dorthea Redmond mosaic created
by Hanns Joachim Scharff
When I was younger we would go to Disneyland because we lived in California. Now that I am practically in the middle of the country-ish, we travel to Disney World.

As an adult I am still strongly drawn to this place. Of course it is no longer the princesses, or the hoopla  that lures me back now. The  strong memories of my entire family being there  is a part of it. And, the overwhelmingly positive attitude does completely recharge my spirit, where I realize it is too much for some (my husband included.)
 I am a strong believer of a positive  domino effect. Where one act of kindness can blossom into hundreds , or even thousands if continually paid forward. And , I have seen , heard, and experienced many of these acts originating from the people employed there.
Jack , an awesome Disney cast member, drew this for Reagan on a napkin ,while he was waiting to 
for our chicken sandwiches to be ready at a quick serve restaurant in Hollywood Studios.

Generating a positive spirit is a whole other blog post however!

Reagan's freehand paper tablecloth drawing at Cape May Cafe

The thing that draws my artist eye back year after year is this. Behind Everything at Disney down to the tiniest detail, from the buildings, decor, rides , themes, hotels, etc is is a mass conglomerate of artists from every aspect imaginable.
Disney Contemporary resort wall mural
In short, someone dreamed it , someone designed it , and someone figured out a way to make it real.
Sand castles in display cases all around Cape May Cafe

                                                                   Yes it is commercial.
But, I approach it as behind each and every experience, and detail, there are a multitude of  creative spirits that poured their soul into making  this real.
original artwork by Guy Vasilovich

As a result I like to look for, and appreciate, all of the creative energy that has been produced by people both living and past ,that went into everything there , and not the commercialness of it.

And my own spirit is refreshed

Wax on Wednesday #3

For this weeks "Wax on Wednesdays" I am using a handmade stencil to lay color on top of  color.
I used heavy 140lb paper because it was handy , but card stock, chip board , etc, can all easily be used for this. If you want a cleaner edge to your finished image ,clean it up with a slightly warmed up blade or exacto knife etc. heated on your warming tray.

For this week I prepped board with  encaustic gesso, and then used encaustic medium , oil colors white , and black, and water soluble graphite on
cradle board . Thats it!

The lovely vintage striation marks are from the graphite moving on the wax. That was probably my favorite part about this piece.

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