Pictures from the Advanced Workshop "Using Acrylics to Create Encaustic Effects"

First off I 'd like to apologize to all my advanced students who took the thick and layered - creating encaustic effects with acrylics workshops both this past October 2011 and in May/June 2011. I was sorting through files, photographs and blogs between christmas and new years and noticed that I had never posted these. My apologies.

To new or prospective students, these are photos from inside this workshop and would give you a great sense of what you would do, learn, and experience inside the "Using Acrylics to Create Encaustic Effects" workshop . Keep in mind that every workshop varies a little as I like to keep things interesting and am constantly improving them! Enjoy!

Embedding heavier objects - such as old chinese coins - into mixed media paintings.

The demo table - so much stuff, so much fun!

Taking notes, asking questions, watching Deb throw paint and mediums around!

Deb sanding acrylic p aints and mediums with an electric sander.

Going outside to talk about using an electric sander with acrylic paints and mediums.

Exploring mark making with different shapes, lines, and with both adding and removing paint.

Buttering on a thick opaque layer over a ground.

The girls go at one of my paintings, overcoming fears and just going for it!

Making acrylics paint stay wet longer with retarder.

Using GOLDEN absorbent ground.

Adding a clear transparent textured layer using regular gel.

An example of a painting using various different opaque, transparent, and translucent mediums to create depth, texture and interesting effects.

Seeing how light moulding paste can hold stencil shapes so well.

working with small pieces can be a great way to get to play with mediums.

Adding layers extended with water and gloss polymer medium.
Liquid acrylics work best for this process. Adding water increases the flow of the paints.

Creating a textured ground using Liquitex super heavy gesso,
and then adding glaze layers over top.

Dripping layers. So much fun!

Pouring clear polymer gloss medium right on top of the painting.

Using a putty knife to apply thick opaque super heavy gesso.

Applying a thin layer of glaze onto the dried textured ground. GOLDEN liquid acrylics works best for this!

A beautiful thickly painted under layer with some etching marks in it. Love this green colour!

Amanda enjoying the process! The green seemed to be very popular with this particular workshop!

So much fun - mixing paint and applying thick layers and scratching back into them.

Working away!

Everyone seemed to be working on green paintings for a while during this workshop!

Our fantastic and very enthusiastic father-son duo painting away!

Beautiful etch marks textures into that first thick opaque layer. Two more layers to go!

Working away!

Paintings on panel put by the fire and fan to dry.

Fran and Nicole really enjoying the process.

Deb priming a board with GAC 100 to prevent SID ( support induced discolouration)

GAC 100 - a mixed media painter's best friend. Use it to prime masonite, metal, wood or plastic. Use as a clear gesso. Use in between layers to add tooth on hard to adhere to materials such as pouring medium, self leveling clear tar gel and polymer gloss medium.

Student painting

Registration has now started for the next advanced workshop....


Thick, Layered & Encaustic-like Abstract Paintings. How to Build thick layers with Acrylic Mediums.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday February 25 & 26th, 9 AM - 4 PM. VANCOUVER , BC. TWO DAYS.

Registration: (604) 736-5111

Cost: $375.