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Workshops and Classes

Encaustic Tutorials

Half Day or Full Day, One on One Tutorials:

I can teach up to two students in my studio.

This method gives more focused attention and plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Mini Workshops are ideal for artists who are curious about encaustic but don't have any previous experience.

Maybe you are you looking for an introduction to the encaustic process or just want to refresh your skill set.

You will learn about the encaustic medium, its history and how to safely create an encaustic painting. You will be taught several techniques that you can later build upon. You will leave with a small piece of art that you created with the techniques that we explored during your class. You will have some independent work time, giving you a chance to experiment and familiarize yourself with the paint and tools, hot plate and heat gun. Encaustic is a simple science.

I look forward to hearing from you. kdb

Price starting at $150.00 

Includes all materials.



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Maine Encaustic Artist kdb

and Encaustic Art.

Encaustic Painting is a medium that is 4000 years old. It is true alchemy. Bees Wax mixed with Damar Resin+ Pigments, heated to 200 degrees, making it liquid. Many layers of heated encaustic medium and pigments are applied with a natural bristle brush, it is then fused with a heat gun, painting layer upon layer until the piece is finished. All of my work is done on Cradled Birch Board as Encaustic needs a firm, non-bendable substrate or the wax will crack. Some pieces are carved right into the wax creating Encaustic Etchings.

Nature is my Muse and molten Bees Wax is one of my favorite mediums.

I became interested in Encaustic painting in 2008. I studied for several years and started Encaustic Painting in 2010. I am in love with this very warm, medium that smells like honey. It is always a joy to be in my Encaustic Studio.

Over the years I have discovered many things about painting with hot wax. Layers and layers of Encaustic medium and pigments, fused one on top of the next to create a depth that I have not found in other mediums. I like the mysterious look of graphite particles suspended in clear medium layered over a creamy or stark white background. I have also played and worked with the melding of two mediums, embedding photographs or doing photo transfers with my images. The effect is stunning and always a bit of a surprise, depending on the image. I have also created very large pieces, 4ftx2ft, which is 8 sq. ft. of wax.

Etching into the somewhat cooled wax is something I really love. I use a fine needle like tool to scratch onto the surface of the wax. Sometimes I then add Oil Pastel into the crevices and also onto the surface to create the tight scenes of birds, bees, trees and other inspirations from the natural world.

I have been studying, creating and showing my Encaustic Artwork for almost a decade here in Maine.

kdb - Maine Encaustic Artist.

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