I spent a very happy weekend learning more encaustic painting techniques with artist Ann Shier. This was a two-day comprehensive encaustic painting workshop. I had taken an introductory encaustic painting workshop with Vashty Hawkins: Introduction to Encaustic Painting Image Transfer Workshop. This small taste, left me wanting to try more.
Ann has a great studio space in the Historic Distillery District in Toronto called the Second Door Studio. Ann shares this space which is also a gallery and retail shop with artist Joya Paul. The studio is filled with beautiful pieces of encaustic and mixed media art.
There were three students attending the workshop the first day and we each had our own space set up with all the necessary equipment and supplies.
We began the day with an overview of the different types of wax, how to mix colours, how to apply the wax medium and how to fuse the layers. We practiced on watercolour paper first. Ann is holding her paper where she demonstrated some of the techniques that can be used in encaustic painting.
Techniques: stencils, embellishments, incising and pastels
I’ve covered the wooden board with a few layers of encaustic medium I had mixed and am deciding what embellishments to use.
The stencil I chose is covered with a clear layer of wax medium.
Techniques: photo encaustic, wax medium, and pastels
Above, is my photograph of flowers with the colour enhanced and printed on heavier weight paper. This was glued on to a wooden board with archival rice paste and left to dry.
Wax medium is applied in layers to add texture. Pan pastels are added to create depth.
The flower painting is completed!
Ann demonstrating how to scrape wax off a stencil. This is Michelle’s beautiful daisy painting. She incorporated photo image transfer, encaustic medium, stencils and pan pastels. This was her first ever attempt at encaustic painting! Michelle’s second painting began with her photograph of the tree.
Ann is offering workshops in her studio, visit her website for dates and times. While you are there have a look at more of her gorgeous artwork.
To see more encaustic artwork, visit Wax and Wane : Exploring Encaustic and Cold Wax Paintings at the Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Eleven local artist are exhibiting their work from Jan. 3-27, 2018.
I hope you are able to spend some time this year exploring some new techniques. Have fun and play!