Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 3

Lynda - Black Ink

Hi everyone. Here is the short list of what you need to bring tomorrow night:

- materials for collage - these can be anything, photos, beads, feathers, found objects
- if you bring 2 images to go on the panels you painted, I'll bring the glue. That is the next step. If you don't have the images yet, don't worry. I'll demonstrate and you can sort out what I'm asking for next week.
- the usual encaustic bits - encaustic, pigments, brushes, tins, heat surface, torch, wood (or other substrate) to work on

Barbara, if you have your wood (enough 1x2 to go around both panels), bring your panels and saw and we'll cut the 1x2 and glue it to the panels. You'll need wood glue also. I use Titebond, I think. I'll bring a strap clamp. If you have one bring it and you'll have time to put both panels together. We can sort this out next week if you'd rather.

Krissy, drywall?

Elizabeth, I'll have your panels. I'll bring the white acrylic. You may paint the panels in class.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

painting with wax - 2

Hi everyone. We may all communicate on this blog or you can email me personally. I'll be able to add pictures of your work after next week's class.

About the panels, who wants how many and what size? You need to tell me so I can order them from Alix and she can get them to me before next Wednesday. You will need 2 panels to mount prints or drawings on. One of them has to be a size that will fit on/in your hot palette or electric device. These will be whatever size you designate and $11 each. They are in addition to the 4 - 10 pieces of wood to experiment on (see below).

If you don't want to buy the panels from Alix then please bring 2 pieces of wood to use for this exercise. Quarter inch birch plywood is fine. You will be able to do the first step during class. Elizabeth and Barbara, I'll catch you up the following week.

What you need for next week:
- electric skillet or hot palette
- brushes
- encaustic medium
- pigments, encaustic sticks or oil paints
- propane torch
- tins for colors
- wood to paint on - I recommend pieces 12"x12" and smaller. You can reuse them so maybe four would be enough unless you end up wanting to keep them, then 10 or so would be a good number for the semester. Quarter inch birch plywood works well but any clean wood will do. Or dry wall Krissy. That will be an experiment but I suspect it will work.

Next week I'll demonstrate some line and mark making techniques. Also, I'll suggest some exercises for you to work with if you want guidance. And I will bring the panels you order from Alix. You'll do the first step in the process with the panels during class.

Don't worry if these things on the Sources list don't all make sense yet. I'll add to this list as we go along.

PVA (polyvinyl acetate) - I got it from Hollanders but it is in the catalog of Dick Blick, Utrechts, probably many others

anything having to do with plexiglas - Plastic Tech in Ann Arbor: 734.665.3580

beeswax - www.dadant.com

The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanne Mattera
Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax by Patricia Seggebruch

R & F Encaustic - for everything encaustic and lots of information: www.rfpaints.com

Enkaustikos: art supplies including encaustic: www.fineartstore.com

The Scrapbox in Ann Arbor for bits and pieces to use in mixed media

Blogs, websites, pages:

R&F has your names so you can mention this class and receive your discount.

Here is the link to the slide show on my website with a few more images that didn't show up on Wednesday.

That's all I can think of for now. If I've forgotten something please email me or post it here.