working with wax


I’ve taken an encaustic class before and I do love what you can do with them.  I know enough to truly admire people who can coax those beautiful waxes to do just what they want with them.  I’m not that person.  But that did not stop me from taking a workshop this weekend, “Monotypes in Encaustic”.  Oh yeah, did I mention, I also don’t do monotypes.  or monoprints.  The whole painterly print thing is also not me


*  encaustic paints are basically filtered beeswax tempered with a special resin with pigments added to make colors.

*  monotypes is a non editionable kind of print and is essentially a printed painting.  In this case we paint with the wax on a hot plate, then set the paper on top, rub and lift it up again.  The result is the print.


My main objective then in taking this class is to spread my little wings and stretch my little brain. To go somewhere I haven’t been before and to see what I can do with it. To pretend I can paint.  To pretend I can paint abstracts. 


To ease into it I took several of my current series of prints with me to work with.  I love the results of many of them, others, not so much.  But that’s okay.  I’m heading back tomorrow for more fun.


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