In this workshop Michelle Belto provides step by step guidance in creating wax paintings that are luminous, complex and luscious to touch. If you are new to encaustic, this is the class for you! If you have had some experience with encaustic, you will appreciate the clearly defined choices you have in approaching your work as well as many techniques and tips for enhancing your work.
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 three unique approaches to creating an encaustic painting.
- How to choose a color palette that will keep your work from getting muddy along with other ways you can bringing all of the mixed media elements of your painting together.
- How to make medium in your own studio.
You will also learn these art tips and techniques you can use to carry your ideas forward:
- Creating texture
- Incising and Inlay
- Toning with oil and pastels
- Adding images with tissue, collage and transfers
- Stenciling and layering with wax glazes
- Pouring wax and embedding objects
The three ways of approaching a painting and the variety of techniques for adding imagery, using color and line and creating texture will serve as a strong foundation for all future work in encaustic. More importantly, this class will inspire you in new artistic directions!
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.