Encaustic with Linda Petrocine
Encaustic Painting from The Artist's Handbook
by Ralph Mayer
Encaustic is a beeswax and plant-based resin paint that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic
comes from Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint.
Encaustic has a long history, but it is as versatile as any 20th century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools
immediately, so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked.
The durability of encaustic is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass. Wax is an excellent preservative of materials. It was from this use that the art of encaustic painting developed. The Greeks applied coatings of wax and resin to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the
decorating of warships.
In this workshop, students will continue to explore the ancient medium in depth. We will review safe set up, history, preparing supports, making medium and wax application.
Learn the techniques and methods of the medium through demonstrations and hands- on participation. Demonstrations will be given on : making the medium, layering, etching a line, image transfer techniques, color mixing , masking, intaglio, collage and embedding.
3 tuna or cat food cans
4 to 5 clean natural bristle brushes Palate knife
Any type of mark making tools: sculpting or dental tools.
White lint free rags (T-shirt type)
Saturday, August 18; 10am - 4pm
Fees: $150 mbrs $195 non-mbrs
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