Earlier this month, I attended a two-day workshop taught by artist and author Michelle Belto (above images).
Since 2010, I have been working in encaustic after teaching myself via online research and books. However, I needed to expand my knowledge of the medium, feeling a desire to return to basics in order to move forward.
Michelle's workshop was very informative and well organized. She demonstrated ways to use materials I had not tried in my studio practice including transfers, collage, embossing powder, book foil and stencils; and techniques such as imbedding, stamping, drawing and more. (All paintings here are by Michelle.)
In addition, I discovered an easier, more efficient way to store and ship encaustic paintings using Michelle's method (above photos).
I also felt brave enough to try the propane torch for faster fusing and a glass-like surface. I won't be retiring my Wagner heat gun but may opt for a torch eventually.
I'll post some paintings I did at the workshop in Part 2, up next.