Saturday, January 17, 2015

First time with Encaustics

I've always been fascinated with Encaustic painting, but was concerned about the safety of working with hot wax. All the info I found said to have good ventilation, so this week I set up shop outside.

I had read Patricia Baldwin Seggebrush's book Encaustic Painting Techniques: The Whole Ball of Wax, and watched a video of hers, and felt I was ready to give Encaustic painting a try.
I'm so glad I did! I melted the wax on an electric skillet. I loved the way the wax moved with the heat tool. Here's a youtube I found that shows a similar process to what I did intuitively, Moving Encaustics.
Wax is wonderful, I embedded paper and sea glass, I inscribed it, and made it flat and glossy.
Here's what I've done so far, and I can't wait to play some more!
My very first encaustic

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Binder for Documented Life 2015

I've joined the wonderful Documented Life Project again this year.
I decided to make my own planner by covering a chipboard binder with some of the wonderful happy mail I received from wonderful DLP friends in 2014.

My art in Clearprint's Cross Country Journal

I was fortunate to participate in Clearprint paper company's  cross country journal with other artists from around the world. We each drew a picture on a page of their vellum journal. I hadn't drawn on vellum before, it was interesting, and I later realized that what I printed on the back showed through.

Clear Print Paper Company

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teaching at Luminous Elephant

I've been teaching at a wonderful new art school in Vancouver, The Luminous Elephant Studios.
I've been so busy I haven't had time to blog.
I taught a private class, Collage Kids to a lovely family.  I was amazed at their first venture into mixed media, and the pictures they made. The four and six year old were fantastic, and it was the mother's first time painting.

For the first weekly Tuesday Paint Night  we did Fantasy Flowers.They were all new painters and the art they produced was wonderful.

It is such a thrill to inspire people to paint, and see their joy when they discover they can do it.
I'm looking so forward to the Artist Journal which starts tomorrow, and painting pears at Paint Night next Tuesday.

Another Large painting

Light in the Forest-  recent 4'x4' painting I did with acrylics and inks.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Last night I took out a piece of art I made in Tracy Verdugo's Sacred Mark's Workshop.
We dripped Liquitex ink on watercolor paper, swirled and made marks with chopsticks and skewers.
Here is a photo of 1/3 of the watercolor paper, before it was cut up.

By cutting into smaller pieces, it becomes more interesting. I could pick out images and designs.

I then doodled around the images I saw with my white Signo Pen, and my Pilot Vision black pen.

I'll use these for collages,greeting cards, and happy mail.
It  made for a relaxing evening.