Basic and Hand Coloring on Encaustic Images | Workshop in a Box / April 9 and April 10, 2022


INSTRUCTOR | Kevin Tully and Amanda Smith
DATE | April 9 for 4 hours and April 10 for 5 hours (time be determined) with 1 hour follow up a few days later
TUITION | $650.00 includes all supplies shipped to your home
WORKSHOP SIZE | limited to 6


Basic Encaustic | Workshop in a Box (day 1)

The purpose of this basic four hour Zoom encaustic workshop is to acquaint students with the fundamentals of image and board preparation, encaustic application and presentation.  We will ship you a box full of all the equipment, supplies and tools you will need to participate successfully in the workshop. This includes 4 boards with your images prepped and ready for encaustic along with one image/board for you to practice gluing and another board for tissue paper.  The cost of the class will include shipping to you and the return to us.

The workshop will cover:

  • History of encaustic and view examples of contemporary encaustic artist using photography
  • Preparing digital images for printing
  • Preparation of boards
  • Application of encaustic
  • Demonstration of hand coloring on wax
  • Incising in the wax with various tools
  • Application of tissue paper image on waxed board
  • How to print on tissue paper
  • Demonstration of application of cold wax
  • Various techniques to add texture to wax
  • Finishing the sides of the boards and proper hanging techniques
  • Care of encaustic art

Hand Coloring on Encaustic Images | Workshop in a Box (day 2)

Over the past eight years we have experimented with many methods and materials for the hand coloring of encaustic images. The creative potential for the enhancement and coloring of encaustic imagery is seemingly infinite. However, many of the methods, while interesting and effective, are not easily reproducible by the beginning or intermediate photo encaustic artist. The materials we have selected for this workshop have been proven to consistently achieve wonderful, repeatable results.

This will be a one day workshop (approximately 5 hours) in three sections:

  1. Starting with a desaturated image we will begin coloring on the print with colored pencil, pastel and watercolor. Then apply wax to the image. Followed by a demonstration of the application of water soluble wax crayon, egg tempera, pastel and cold wax.
  2. Starting with a black and white image we will add wax, then texture with tacking iron, etc. Followed by the application of water soluble wax crayon, egg tempera, pastel and cold wax.
  3. Starting with gessoed board we will adhere tissue paper image to the board with wax. Followed by the addition of cut-out images on tissue paper using the tacking iron and adding color to the image with pastel and cold wax.

All three images used in class description above will be identical and will be provided by the instructors. Participants will have the option of working on their own images during the time between the workshop and the follow-up session.  The one hour follow-up session will be a few days after the formal workshop.  Participants will have time to ask questions and show their completed work made during the workshop.

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Cancellation Policy

Please send cancellation via email up to 14 days prior to workshop date for a full refund of tuition.




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