Michelle Belto has been working in encaustic since 2007. As an international teacher she has spent many years simplifying this often frustrating, but utterly fascinating, medium. In this class Michelle will expand your tools into photo encaustic where you will have fun exploring your own images while experimenting with a variety of mixed media materials guaranteed to take your photography to a new level.
You will be working with a variety of oils, pigmented waxes and media such as graphite and India ink as you incorporate photographs into encaustic media. There are few rules to these processes and truly no limits to what you can do. Best of all…everything can be redone, covered over, uncovered or tweaked as your idea continues to unfold. You will discover how the translucent wax draws the light creating a seductive surface that captures light in a fascinating way.
These are some of the things you will be learning in this workshop:
• Learn about all that you will need to set up a simple and inexpensive encaustic studio that even fits into a small workspace!
• Learn how to correctly prepare your canvas for working, so that you have the option of working smooth and translucent or textural.
• Discover a variety of ways to incorporate your photos in wax: through pouring, as collage, in a transfer
• How to distress, age and color your photos
You will also learn these art tips and techniques you can use to carry your ideas forward:
• How to add a luscious surface to your photos through textural brush strokes, scratches and marks
• Increase the complexity of your work by adding subtle overlapping images
• Apply color to your black and white images with oil, wax glazes and pastels
• Enhance your image with texture
• Pouring wax and embedding objects
Please be sure to check your e-mail purchase receipt for file attachments containing your materials and supply list, and any handouts provided with this workshop DVD.
I have been interested in art and education all of my life. My background in theater schooled me in many artistic disciplines: designer, choreographer, director, actress, but after twenty years and more than seventy productions, I ran out of theater steam somewhere around 1984. I entered graduate school to do my own artist work and found myself stepping back into theater with Hildegarde of Bingen, a one-woman show I wrote and performed internationally. The rest of my career has been varied– from performing for such groups as the National Conference for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to showing my encaustic paintings in Sydney, Australia. I’ve transformed a nineteenth century opera house into a dinner theater and created a center for spirituality and art in a renovated barn.
For the last fifteen years, though, I’ve been primarily a paper maker and exhibiting visual artist and an educator. It was a chance meeting that introduced me to wax. With the addition of encaustic on my handmade paper canvases, I knew that I had discovered a media and a direction that will take me the rest of my life to explore. Today I live in San Antonio and work full time as a visual artist and encaustic instructor. An instructional book, Wax and Paper Workshop, Techniques for Handmade Paper and Encaustic Painting, published by North Light Press, an article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and two new videos on the process of working with wax and paper have been instrumental in creating a very full national and international teaching schedule for 2016 and 2017. Artful Gathering adds a new dimension to my work as both an artist and educator. I am excited to be a part of this exciting and growing community.