Encaustic Workshop

Last week was an exhilarating experience learning about encaustics at the Columbus Cultural Art Center.  We had a week of four different classes offered from 9 – 4 each day from Mon. – Thursday.  I had been searching for other local artists from whom to mentor me in this medium – or pay big bucks to travel out of state for a class.  I jumped at the opportunity when the CAC offered this as one of the workshops.  It was a top notch event, and the others in the class were quite talented artists.  There was a high degree of accomplishment and unique approaches which allowed all of us to see what the medium could do.  In the next few days I’ll share some of the items I created from the class.

A pancake griddle works as our palette for warm waxes.

A pancake griddle works as our palette for warm waxes.

A dozen students (many were educators or professionals) took the class.

A dozen students (many were educators or professionals) took the class.

Sarah Rehmer, the encaustics instructor, shows how to apply waxes and fuse them between layers with a heat gun.

Sarah Rehmer, the encaustics instructor, shows how to apply waxes and fuse them between layers with a heat gun.

A tack iron also is used to apply papers or smooth out large areas.

A tack iron also is used to apply papers or smooth out large areas.

A small kitchen blow torch is used in largest and heaviest applications.  She was great about safety tips.

A small kitchen blow torch is used in largest and heaviest applications. She was great about sharing safety tips.

One of the days we made four sheets of batik-like paper to be used as collage material.

One of the days we made four sheets of batik-like paper to be used as collage material.

We incorporated the paper on top of other layers of marks, transparent or plain surfaces.

We incorporated the paper on top of other layers of marks, transparently painted or plain surfaces.

We were shown how to apply oil stick paint to enhance indentations.

We were shown how to apply oil stick paint to enhance indentations.

Once the oil paint was smeared off, the surface was fused again.

Once the oil paint was smeared off, the surface was fused again.

Another layer of clear wax.

Another layer of clear wax.

Now some image decals transferred on top.

Now some images were transferred on top. I loved this part…!

The last section of the seminar showed how to embed items properly.

The last section of the seminar showed how to embed items properly.

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