My encaustic workshop wrapped up on Monday, and I’m just getting around to taking photos of my work and processing my thoughts on the whole experience.  I had some anxiety about being able to make it through four straight eight-hour days of art-making, but once I got into the swing of things, I caught myself checking the clock regularly in hopes of actually slowing down time.   I was totally bummed when Monday evening rolled around, and my short-lived experience as a full-time artist was over.  But my bummed-ness was offset by the fact that I was walking away with a pretty cool collection of work and a renewed passion for art-making.  Below are a few of the highlights…

This is one of my favorite pieces, made with wax, thread, and tissue paper printed with one of my images of Paris:

This pattern was woven with thread, then cast in a mixture of clear and white wax.  As the class progressed, I became known as the girl with all the white wax – a lot of my work was fairly muted, and I was one of the few that allowed the color of the wood panel underneath to really show through.  I loved the color and grain of the birch veneer, and so I figured, why hide it?

More white and clear, set over a tissue transfer of one of my sketches:

I brought a couple of the ‘seed pod’ sketches that I used for my food art back out for these two pieces:

One of the things I liked most about the class was the opportunity to experiment with different media.  My instructors brought all kinds of new ideas on how to achieve unusual effects with every-day materials.  This is what happens when wax is coated with shellac, then heated with a torch – lovely:

And this is shellac sprayed with India ink.  This charred effect comes from some kind of chemical reaction between the two elements – no fire necessary.  I love it – I never knew painting could feel so much like a chemistry class!:

I am vowing not to let this new-found interest fizzle like so many of my other artistic intrigues, so hopefully I’ll be posting more encaustic work in the future.  Aaaaagh!  So many possibilities, so little time…


  1. la v says:

    beautiful! i love the shellac one! glad you had fun.

  2. Linda says:

    Great work! Looking forward to an encaustic workshop in May! Feeling inspired!

  3. Diane says:

    I love the muted pieces you did in your workshop – I agree the birch showing through really adds to yor pieces.

    One question about the shellac – did you paint this over wax first and then spray with India ink?


  4. Sara mclennand says:

    love your post and can’t wait to try the shellac with India Ink!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Pat says:

    Just a note to say how much I am inspired by you, your work…Can you say a bit more about this non flame shellac. Is it amber shellac, can you put a layer of medium over the shellac and India ink, (when it’s dry)?

    Thank you so much..