Friday, August 2, 2013
Well, it has been a few weeks since I blogged as I have been to Portland, Oregon for an Encaustics class with Linda Robertson (Womack). Five fun-filled days of working on different techniques and learning lots of tips. And, then a few days thrown in to enjoy the surrounding area of Portland.
It occurs to me that not everyone is familiar with Encaustics. Well, encaustic paint is made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and, once applied must be fixed by heat. An entire painting can be done with encaustic paints (wax) or it can be combined with different techniques in the mixed media genre. It lends itself to wonderful textures and vibrant colors. After any encaustic paint (wax) is laid down, it must be fixed by heat (or fused) using a torch or heat gun....this is when it can get tricky!
Linda taught me to be more patient and have a softer hand for sure, not to mention lots of fun techniques that I had never tried. She is an excellent teacher and I really enjoyed the class.