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“Encaustic In-Depth: Mixed Media” Encaustic workshop SAC (May 2018)

May 25 @ 10:00 AM - May 26 @ 4:00 PM


encaustic mixed media

Encaustic is an amazing technique that uses pigmented beeswax manipulated by heat tools to create works of art. “Encaustic In-Depth: Mixed Media” is an excellent gateway workshop into this versatile medium.  We will be covering the basics of encaustic painting including information about materials, tools, safety and studio set-up.  Over the course of this 2-day workshop we will create multiple sample boards in order to practice and showcase the application of wax and mixed-media.  I emphasize we will not be working towards a “completed painting” in this workshop.  Multiple lecture/demos will be given throughout the workshop along with plenty of practice time.

The addition of mixed media will focus on:

  • Image transfers
  • Mark-making with: ink, charcoal & graphite
  • Pastels

This workshop is limited to only four students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.  In addition to having painted a handful of encaustic creations, you will walk away with an understanding of why this medium is so alluring (and I warn you, addicting!) This workshop  is designed to understand the application of the wax, build confidence with the medium, and open the door of possibilities of what you can do as an artist.

There will be a 45-minute meal break mid-workshop.

image transfer

So what is included in the workshop?

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  I have a rainbow array of colors that you can use.  This includes metallics.  If you see a color that you like in my collection I am more than happy to get it melted for you.
  • R&F Encaustic Medium:  I’ve got the medium melted and ready to go!
  • Tools:  Encaustic brushes, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools, ink, pastels etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.
  • Safe working environment:  Limited seating offers you elbow room to spread out.  You get a whole table to yourself!  Galvanized sheet metal at each table provides a safe work space.  And oh yes, the classroom is ventilated!

Most of the materials are included but I am including a small list of things you should bring as well:

  • 4-6 boards of various sizes (around 5×7 or 6×6 is ideal.  You may bring 2 larger panels 8×10 or 8×8)
    • Ampersand EncausticBords are good, so are cradled birch panels
    • Additional boards are available for purchase in the store if needed
  • your own photocopied (xeroxed with toner) images in either b&w or color (size your images accordingly based on your board size) I suggest bringing duplicates
    • please note:  these images will be mirrored once transferred. If your image includes text or if you want it facing a specific way you will need to have your imaged flipped or reversed
    • high-contrast images work well
    • NO INK-JET COPIES (ink-jet prints will not work for image transfers)
  • 1 inexpensive small round watercolor brush (this will only be used with India ink)
  • 2B or soft charcoal pencil
  • 2B or soft graphite pencil
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom.  There is a Starbucks across the street and restaurants within walking distance from the store.
  • Notebook & pencil for taking notes
  • Appropriate attire and a great attitude: long hair tied back in ponytail, no flip flops, avoid loose-fitting “flowy” clothes.  Be prepared to learn and have fun!


Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast  and are limited to 4 students.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Encaustic class cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 2 weeks) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!


May 25 @ 10:00 AM
May 26 @ 4:00 PM
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University Art Sacramento
2601 J Street
Sacramento, 95816 United States
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