Sunday, August 30, 2015

Encaustic Workshops with Chris Craft

I'm really excited to announce the new location for these workshops! Union Shop Studio. (on days that are not workshops it is by appointment only).

I also do private lessons at your place. This is always fun!

What you will learn:
How to make encaustic medium              
How to mix paints
Preparing your surface
Layering the wax
Using various tools
subtractive techniques
Accommodating mixed media
Various finishing techniques

Why encaustics?
Wax is an ancient artistic medium used originally to repair broken clay vessels and caulk boats.  By adding pigments and resin into the wax a paint was created.  Being non reactive to other materials, impervious to moisture/mold and instant drying, this medium is extremely versatile.

Supplies needed:  (the first 3 items are the most important)
    (CJAS) Cheap Joes Art Stuff

  • heated palette (CJAS) or electric griddle (WalMart).
  • heat gun (CJAS) or propane torch (WalMart or Lowe’s).
  • R&F Starter Kit (CJAS, preferred for contents).
  • cradled hardboard panel ~8 x10” (CJAS). (included in starter kit)
  • a variety of cheap chip brushes. (CJAS, Lowe’s).
  • Encaustic Medium (CJAS).
  • oil pastels (CJAS).
  • oil paint for custom colors (CJAS).
  • small metal tins (CJAS) or empty tuna cans work.
  • variety of encaustic paint colors (CJAS).
  • carving and scribing tools. (loop tool, CJAS).
  • anything for mixed media; paper, wood, metal, etc.
  • cloth rags.

this list could go on but that will get you more than you will need for now.

About the Artist:
Chris Craft is a fine artist with a long commercial art history. He has painted for most of his life in a variety of styles and media. But, encaustic abstract paintings are his passion where he experiments with color and sculptural texture. Craft layers the melted wax with different techniques, including actually painting with the flame. 

Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015.


5019 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lured (detail)

Encaustic on cradled panel.

I achieved this effect by building layers of colors and then scraping back to reveal.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

August Private Instruction.

My Customer decided to bring her friend into the creative fun with her for this private class.
We had a great time exploring the potential of this incredible medium.
Thank you Caroline and Catherine.