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“Encaustic Ink & Imagery” Encaustic workshop (Oct 2020)

October 23 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


A layer of colorful alcohol ink is separated by 3 layers of wax medium. India ink is brushed on and allowed to dry. I then created a positive and a negative image by scraping away the India ink, revealing the alcohol ink underneath.

Imagery & Ink!

The visual movement of encaustic is undeniably alluring, and yes, addicting.  By pairing it’s natural “controlled chaos” with the precision of ink and imagery you can create whole new levels of detail in your encaustic artwork.  This 1-day workshop goes beyond the basic introduction to the encaustic medium.  The emphasis of this workshop is to learn how to integrate India ink and image transfers into your encaustic paintings to make them more personal.  India ink is a wonderful way to bring your own brushstrokes, writing, and line work into your encaustic painting.   You will also learn how to successfully apply toner-based image transfers and how to control the torch so the images remain intact.  We will not be working towards a “completed painting” in this workshop; the emphasis will be on familiarizing ourselves with the application of the wax and ink techniques by creating multiple sample boards.  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 limited to only five students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop.

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:  Brushes, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools, scissors, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.
  • Imagery & Ink: India ink, stamps, India ink stamp pads, xeroxed images (in case you leave yours at home)
  • 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.  Oh yes, the room is ventilated!

image transfer

Most of the materials are included in the workshop.  Here is a small list of things you should bring as well:

  • 4 boards of various sizes (around 5×7 or 6×6 is ideal.  You may bring 1 larger panel 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)
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat lunch outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom
  • 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!

How to stay cool in the classroom:

It can get pretty toasty in the classroom during the Summer.  Even though we have air conditioning, sometimes it’s not as cool as we would like so here are some tips to keep cool in class!

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and can “breathe” – this includes shoes.  When your feet are cool, your body feels a little cooler (avoid flip flops or any shoes that you might trip on.  Sandals with a heel strap are ok)
  • Hydrate yourself:  Bring some cool water to keep yourself going through the workshop.
  • I have some cooling towels that you are free to use on the back of your neck in case the heat asserts itself 😉


Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 5 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!


October 23
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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University Art Sacramento
2601 J Street
Sacramento, 95816 United States
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