Apr 26, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays! Encaustic Excavation and Watching the Magic Fluid Movement

I am off to Columbus ! 
If you are attending Artiscape Artist Gathering this year I am excited to see you ! I am sharing 3 all new workshops on Friday Saturday and Sunday. 
You can see all of the 50 workshops and info for Artiscape 
Happy Wax on Wednesdays ! 
This week I was using some masonite board as my test palette for all of the encaustic paint I was creating for the workshops. This provided a wonderful opportunity to watch what magic would happen to the wax with the torch and heat gun were used at different angles , distances, etc. 

I also covered one of my test boards with white encaustic paint and then went in an 'excavated " the colors ! This is an exciting exploration of the magic that the wax can create .  I love the moment , and action of the fluid encaustic colors as they bloom and blend . 
I hope you enjoy it ! See you next week :)


Supplies I used this week :
Some of the following links are affiliate links where I may receive a few cents back if you purchase them from Amazon. I am using it both as an easy way for you to find the products( or at least see what they look like )  and hopefully a way to continue to bring you weekly videos with new techniques and products :) 


                    

NOTE: the link I have for the encaustic medium this week is for a 5 lb bag. It also comes in 1 lb but the link to the store was too high in price  for just the 1lb and I don't want to steer you wrong on that :)

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Apr 19, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays ! Glue Collage Series


This week I did  a small glue collage series using a fun pattern motif throughout the series varying the compositions slightly. 
The caramel hues  produced by the glue are enhanced even more when a few layers of clear medium are added !

 I worked with mostly hand painted papers using walnut ink. Some more absorbent than others. I also had a very fun mark making experience when using the encaustic medium as a resist, painting it on the copy paper on the heated surface, and then giving a wash of walnut ink. 
 Supplies I used this week :
Some of the following links are affiliate links where I may receive a few cents back if you purchase them from Amazon. I am using it both as an easy way for you to find the products( or at least see what they look like )  and hopefully a way to continue to bring you weekly videos with new techniques and products :) 

               
Hanshi Rice paper
copy paper
heat gun
torch
white encaustic paint


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Workshop News ! 
It has come to my attention that the Embassy Suites may be sold out of the block of rooms for Artiscape. Not to worry ! There is a Hilton Garden right next door and the price when I checked was 126.00 per night. 
Woo Hoo ! Just a few more days now until the workshops !
If you would like to see the 48 workshops going on at Artiscape click 

There are still a just a few spots left in the Encaustic House/ Mini Journal class on Friday if you want to get in on the fun ! 
Click HERE for details .




Encaustic Mini Mask Workshop from Shari Replogle on Vimeo.



Our House Mini Journal Workshop Artiscape Columbus Ohio 2017 from Shari Replogle on Vimeo.

Blessings to you , and have a wonderful week :)
Shari 


Apr 12, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays More Monotypes on the Gel Press With Some Cool New Tools !

 I decided to do another week of printing on the Gel Press Printing plate for "Wax on Wednesdays" because I found some new cool tools to use with it ! 
 My new favorite thing (besides the hardware store of course :) is hunting for  silicone kitchen tools ! They are absolutely everywhere right now for spring  and they are great for mark making on the Gel Press plate and also the heated palette because they won't scratch . Don't overlook your local dollar store when seeking these out . 
 I also wanted to try out my new favorite medium for using with encaustic and paper on these which is walnut ink. The walnut ink is best as a base layer on the paper itself, starting some interesting marks or patterns and then layering up with the oil pigment sticks . 
Adding layers was the name of the game this week doing multiple pulls on the same paper.


 Supplies I used this week:

I am trying out using some affiliate links  for 2 reasons.
 1. I am often asked where to find the products I am using in the videos this is an easy peasy way for you to locate them . Or, at least see a good picture of what they look like so that you can locate them in your area.
2. "In theory" I would receive a very small commission "if" you purchased the product on the link and this may help me out a tiny bit in  continuing to bring you more great videos each week . I would only ever link to a product that I have found , enjoy, and use in my own art practice so that you can find it too.
 In other words I make the video for you like always , and then I go see if I can locate what I used for a good price on amazon for you .
Then if you choose to use this list as your personal shopper for your convenience,  I may make a few cents back from it . We'll see how it goes , hopefully it is helpful to both of us :)

        gel press.com

gold india ink
silicone kitchen tools 
Hammermill Printer paper 








If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel click 

You can also always join me for an entire workshop of printing projects with encaustic and paper in "Encausticology Paper Journey " 
For more details and to register for the forever access workshop
click 


Live Workshops !
Artiscape Columbus Ohio 
April 30 
This is the Sunday encaustic assemblage workshop I will be teaching at Artiscape  in Columbus Ohio.  This workshop has both of my favorite mediums of beautiful organically formed molten metal  and encaustic coming together to create a hand sculpted encaustic assemblage piece. 

seating for these workshops are limited 
click HERE for more info and to register. 





Encaustic Mini Mask Workshop from Shari Replogle on Vimeo.

Blessings to you,
Shari 
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Apr 5, 2017

New Tool Fun with the Gel Press Plate !


One of my favorite things to do in the studio is research. 
I love note taking ,
 trial and error, 
the mistakes the successes, 
proving a theory ,
disproving a theory ,
and going through the process . 
I love learning new things about what the wax can do , 
and what can be used successfully with it .


I have had the large size Gel Press plate for a while now wanting to figure out a way to incorporate it into encaustic . Especially with the 2 year long journey I have been on with encaustic and paper and monotypes taken off the  hotplate . 
 Recently Gel Press creator Sally Lynn MacDonald visited R and F paints and Kelly McGrath and told me they found the oil paint sticks  could be used on the Gel Press Plate. 
MIND BLOWN  , 
I went straight to it ! 

 The R and F sticks go on very smooth and creamy and  easily blend on the plate surface. 


The plate surface itself picks up even tiny details as you can see in this one with just the slightest movement form the catalyst blade. 
This is a multi layered pull and some texture scraped back into the wax. It is a little heavier and will have to be mounted. 

Stay tuned for more fun on the Gel Plate ! 
Supplies I used this week :
catalyst wedge #6
2 brayers
Hammermill copy paper 
R and F oil paint sticks


If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel click 

I was also excited to get a preview of Encaustic Arts Magazine Spring issue this week !
I have a technique article on shellac burn in this issue .
 I have loved this magazine since it began 
so I was very honored to be included . The spring issue comes out 
comes out 
June 1st 
You can see previous issues of the magazine here :



Blessings to you,
Shari 

Mar 29, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays ! Spring Live Workshop Fun

Long post today !

 It is that time of year again and I have so much to share with you on what has been happening and what is coming soon ! 


The following photos are from this weekend at the 
Photo Encaustic and Imagery workshop 
in Dayton Ohio . 
Please do not repost these as they are the workshop students fabulous creations 
and not my own :) 
We began the morning with a fresh warm up exercise of course ! 
This is one of my new warm ups using walnut ink . Students were able to use many of these later on in the day with their other images as a background or as collage material. 
Here are just a few examples of what was created !



We spent a wonderful day transferring imagery onto the wax , layering ,mark making, scraping back, mounting, and making luminous dreamy photo images with our hands and encaustic ! 


















Next live workshop will be: 
Cincinnati Book Arts Society 
at Essex Studios 
Cincinnati Ohio 
April 8, 2017
"Intro to Encaustic Full Day Workshop "

Encaustic is the exciting art of painting with molten beeswax and pigment . 
Intro to encaustic (recommended if majority are new to encaustic ) A super fun completely hands on introduction  of this ancient medium in a supportive environment where experimentation is strongly encouraged . Instruction includes set up, proper working temperatures, safety, both traditional and  non traditional tools  , and using  both traditional and alternative colorants .  Proper fusing , incising , transferring simple drawings onto you wax surface ,  mark making, adding textures , and many more techniques of this very versatile  medium are explored . 

To see details for this workshop and to register click HERE 


Artiscape Artist Gathering 
April 27-30 Columbus Ohio 
Over 48 workshops offered at this retreat !
I will be teaching 3 workshops and have lots of 
yummy encaustic colors available at the vendor fair. 
Saturday workshop is sold out . 
 There are still a few slots open for
 Friday 

(click here for details )

and Sunday (click HERE for workshop details )  .  



Wax on Wednesdays !
This week is the last installment of the tea bag series for the month of March. 
For this week's project I thought it would be fun to see how the tea bag paper took mono typing. 

 Since it is such a lightweight paper I began by using oil paint sticks . Well not everything went according to plan as you soon see in the video , but sticking with it ,and turning the corner to take new paths is all part of the encaustic journey !

 Supplies I used this week :
tea bags ( cleaned out )
hardboard (4 )
encaustic medium
encaustic paint
oil paint sticks
heat gun
torch ( iwatani )
india inks






If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel click HERE

Blessings to you !
Shari 


Mar 22, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays Tea Bag Collage

A fun week of experimentation on Wax on Wednesdays ! 
     A while back I saw a store that offered "Matte Finish " photos and had some done to see what the quality would be ,and so that I might be able to recommend this to my students as a possible alternative if they did not have access to an inkjet printer .

       I learned that there is a big difference between "Matte finish" and genuine Matte Photo paper. Matte photo paper can be acquired fairly inexpensively at Office supply stores and even Target etc. or you can bump up in quality to a cotton rag paper like Hahnemuhle Photo Rag which is a little pricey but  my personal favorite . Matte photo paper used in an inkjet printer will absorb the ink down into the paper and absorb  the encaustic wax as well. This allows you enormous leeway when working with the photos  to build layers, scrape back in , etc. without ruining the photo in the process. 

"Matte finish" as described by many photo labs is a process where the ink and finish is still laying on top of the paper as it does in glossy photos, they just aren't quite as glossy. For encaustic using materials that will absorb the wax is always the best choice, so I was a little weary of these !

I decided to try these photos out and see what would happen in a collage. I did not take the chance of using the encaustic as a glue in this case  because they did not appear at all to be absorbent to me . I used "Yes" paste to adhere them to my substrate. 

Supplies I uses this week:
used tea bags (cleaned and dried )
12x12" cradle board with the sides taped
encaustic medium
white encaustic paint
india ink
vintage ephemera
photo with a 'matte finish"
catalyst blade
heat gun 
torch
wood glue
stylus tool
paint stick (burnt umber )
vegetable oil
paper towels

If you would like to see this weeks video directly on the Youtube channel click 

There is just one more day to register for the Photo Encaustic Workshop at 
Marco's Paper in Dayton Ohio !
Fun full day workshop of exploring encaustic and imagery, 
Saturday March 25, 10-4:30
Photo encaustic is the creative practice of altering photos with our hands and encaustic medium instead of using photoshop! 

  We will be exploring multiple methods of both transferring and adding imagery onto encaustic paintings in exciting, fun ways.
Catered lunch provided ! All supplies are provided !
For details and to register on the White Iris Arts website https://www.whiteirisarts.com/workshops


I will also be teaching a super fun 
"Intro to Encaustics Workshop" 
downstairs at Essex Studios Cincinnati on April 8 for  the Cincinnati Book Arts Society. This is a full day of hands on encaustic exploration Packed full of techniques. This workshop is open to the public and membership is not required . For more information and to register on the Cincinnati Book Art Society Web site at http://cincinnatibookarts.org/?page_id=272
All supplies provided just come explore and have fun !

For a complete updated list of live workshops I will be teaching click on the "workshop page " at the top of the blog. 

Blessings to you,
Shari