Beginning Encaustic  Techniques

DATE - Friday, November 7, 11-3
COST - $150 plus HST

Space is limited to 3 adults. **Due to your interest, Elizabeth will be offering this course again! Please do contact us, even if you are unable to make this date.**

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pure pigments to beeswax, but other recipes can contain different waxesdamar resin or linseed oil, oil paints and other types of pigments.

Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before or after it cools onto the surface. Heating tools allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Nearly-limitless other materials can be collaged in, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.

In this 4-hour class you will learn about the materials, how to prepare your service and some basic texturing techniques.  The cost includes this complete kit, shown below, so that you can continue your exploration at home.  You will be required to bring an old griddle to use as a heating surface.

Visit Elizabeth's ENCAUSTIC GALLERY to see completed paintings using this this medium.