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Encaustic Frames – Beginner’s Art Class with Cate the Funmaker!
August 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm$30
Jump into the waxy world of encaustic painting with this easy beginner’s project!
Saturday, August 11th
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Sierra Art Parlor
With Instructor & Fun-maker Cate Schmiedt
Advanced registration required; attendance limited to 10 students.
This is a simple encaustic project resulting in a fantastic and interesting picture frame to put a special memory in! No artistic experience required!
Instructor Cate will walk you through the basics of encaustic painting and will share ideas, if you need them. Fun little baubles to be provided to add decoration to the frames. If you’d like to use a special image to collage into the wax or an item to embed, please bring it and we will show you how! Maybe a ticket stub from a special occasion to go with a picture of the event or maybe a sea shell or rock from a favorite place?
What the heck is encaustic painting?!
The word encaustic comes from the Greek enkaustikos, meaning ‘to burn in’, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic paintings are made with a beeswax blended with damar varnish and pigment. It is kept molten on a heated palette and then applied to a surface and reheated by torch, heat gun or lightbulb to fuse the paint into a enamel-like finish.
Encaustic painting was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B. C. The practice was abandoned as newer and easier mediums were introduced. With the advent of electricity and newer and better implements, encaustic has made a huge resurgence as a popular and durable medium.
The beeswax gives the paintings a surface impervious to moisture with a texture and luster that cannot be replicated with any other medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools quickly, so that there is little ‘drying’ time, yet it can always be reworked by being re-heated.
About the Instructor
Cate the Funmaker is a Sacramento area artist, crafter, and instructor who empowers and encourages others to explore their creativity without trepidation, no matter their level of prior experience. The transformative power of art is something we can all experience when we let go of perfection and enjoy the process. Cate is addicted to making- anything & everything! -and runs the Sierra Art Parlor located in the cottage at the Sierra 2 Center.