Thursday, January 20, 2011
i thought it was worth a try-the Crayola Crayon Maker. designed for children to re-melt their left over crayon pieces into new crayons with custom colors- why not try it with encaustic paints and make encaustic crayons. following directions but using scraps of encaustic paint the Crayon Maker did melt the encaustics, then they are poured into 4 small crayon molds-let cool and there you go. i have yet to try adding any powdered pigments to the mix but that is next. there is probably a better method but the Crayon Maker only uses a 60 watt candelabra bulb for heat so it shouldn't use much electricity. if you wonder why i might want encaustic crayons just think encaustic monotypes. and remember, if you too try this at home, don't forget about ventilation.
Friday, January 7, 2011
happy new year everyone. 2011 is the year of the rabbit-a quiet year when gentle persuasion is better than harsh force so i'll just say it would be great to see you at a workshop where everyone can work at their own pace with no pressure to create the masterpiece. although i have found that during my many years of teaching that even artists new to a medium often want to do just that. so relax, but not too much since in the year of the rabbit we can become too complacent while putting off what we need to do.
these are my workshops at silvermine arts center in new canaan, ct (www.silverminearts.org)through april-i also am available for private workshops in my studio. wishing you all the best, keep waxing, nash
introduction to encaustic painting-2/5 and 4/23
encaustic with collage-3/19
encaustic for photographers-4/2 (the image above combines photography with encaustic paint)
weekend workshop-2/12 and 13
6 week class starts 2/16