Exciting medium with endless possibilities.
- November 4, 2016
There is a surprise, excitement and joy in almost everyone that tries encaustic painting. It is a very versatile medium that allows even the complete beginner a flexibility to be completely creative because it's easy to create a wide variety of beautiful surfaces using many different techniques.
The technique for painting in encaustic is laying pigmented bees wax which contains damar resin crystals and fusing each layer with heat by one of the following: hot iron hot gun or propane torch. Damar is the crystallized sap of a fir tree native to Indonesia/Malaysia. Each time a layer is fused it becomes bonded and permanent to the previous layer.
Encaustic is an exciting medium and has endless possibilities for use and technique.
• introduction to tools and materials
• studio layout and safety
• how to prime and prepare surfaces
• how to fuse layers and build rich texture
• preparing wax and different ways to acheive colour
• mixed media and 3D possibilities
• incorporating: watercolour, ink, gouache, pastels
• image transfers, metallic leaf, rub-ons and carbon paper
• preparing artwork for framing and displaying
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that was used by the Greeks and Romans. It involves mixing coloured pigments with hot melted wax and painting with the molten mixture. Encaustic artworks retain their fresh appearance and luster and are resistant to moisture, yellowing and deterioration. The most famous encaustic paintings were the Fayum mummy funeral portraits done by Hellenistic painters in Egypt in the first and third centuries.
The Friday Night Demo Series showcases professional artists and helps you learn by watching them create. With a question and answer session after each demo, it's a fantastic way to gain new insights into how artists work. Whether you paint or not, wine with cheese and art are the perfect way to enjoy a Friday evening.
Art Instructor Bio - Sharon Lynn Williams
Sharon began painting oils ‘en plain air’ (in the fresh air) as she longed to escape the confines of her studio and connect once again with nature. She was totally surprised by the sense of wonder she felt, and the spontaneity and honesty the paintings revealed. Sharon loves the spiritual connection she makes while the wind is blowing through her hair and the sounds and smells fill out her senses. A great passion has since overtaken her and she tries to get out painting as often as her schedule and the weather permit. In her plain air work she tries to capture what interests her the most in a scene and put it into an compelling design; focusing on simplifying shapes and filling them with interesting colour. Sharon’s desire is that her paintings will transport the viewer into my pictorial world to connect with the majesty of Nature as she has done.
Sharon has also been happily exploring mixed water media for over 15 years, and her mantra is “What would happen if…” The excitement of working from chaos to order is invigorating and creates a dialogue between the work and the artist. Sharon enjoys working with bold colour, line and texture. Her work is informed by the landscapes that she paints en plain air in oil, her passion for gardening and love of the human figure. Sharon’s interpretations of the beauty around her, as well as her vivid imagination make for an eclectic and varied body of work.
- Official Event Page: Encaustic Wax Painting Demonstration
- Swinton's Art Website: www.swintonsart.com
- Address: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB
- Phone: (403) 258-3500
- Email: email@example.com
When & Where
Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing
Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing is Alberta's largest, privately owned art facility. With over 10,000 products, having a working knowledge of these items is very important. It has been our practice to hire working artists in the store thus giving our customers leading advice on what materials to use and how best to use them.
All of the instructors at Swinton's are gallery showing artists. Whether you make art as a hobby or are wanting to become a professional artist, our teachers can lead you in the right direction. From the technical side of painting to achieving pure creativity, they will be there to guide you.