vol / fullBuilding Layers: Translucency, Mark Making & Texture

4-day Encaustic workshop with Dietlind Vander Schaaf

This four day workshop offers participants a deeper understanding of how to create paintings that suggest luminosity, optical depth, and dimension while exploring mark making. Instruction will focus on building paintings from the ground up - covering what can be done directly onto a substrate, between layers of medium, and on the surface. Discussions will cover opaque and translucent colors and how to create beautiful glazes, working with various drawing materials including ink, charcoal, Pan Pastel, pencil, graphite, and Pigment Sticks, pulling monoprints, and how to create a smooth even surface. 

Through a unique “wax resist” process, we will incorporate gestural strokes, stamping, folding, batik and resist dyeing on paper that can be incorporated into paintings. We will experiment with using fresh leaves to create stencils on the surface of our paintings that can be accented with R&F Pigment Sticks.

Emphasis will be placed on creating a sense of light, on the balance and weight of composition, and on an exploration of accumulating marks, drawings, and imagery at varying levels. Students will have plenty of time to explore and develop their ideas and visual imagery on multiple panels.


This class will be sponsored by R&F Handmade Paints and Ampersand Art Supply.


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Students need to bring the following:

-        A range of natural bristle brushes
         (including some hake brushes in 1”, 2”, and 3” widths)

-        8 - 10 panels (unprimed wood or Ampersand Encausticbord);
         if you chose to prepare boards in advance with encaustic gesso
         that is fine, but no acrylic gesso

-        Assorted drawing materials such as charcoal, Pan Pastel,
         craypas, graphite, etc.

-        A roll of wax paper or parchment

-        Rice paper for pulling monoprints (or purchase some from Karina)

-        If you want to collage in natural plant material -
         make sure it is thoroughly dried and flat beforehand

-        A potter’s needle

-        A pear-shaped loop tool for trimming and scrapping
         and some smaller loop tools for carving

-        A roll of painter’s tape or low-tack masking tape

-        Spoons for burnishing

Those 'flying' in may borrow a R&F hot palette (40x40cm) to use during class. 

Pls also bring your regular tools and equipment (non electrical)
like (extra) palette cups and your own torch. No heatguns!

Karina sells all encaustic materials in case we run out of sponsored stock, but you are welcome to bring your own stash or your favourite colours. If you want to buy/order panels (regular cradle ones or encausticbords) pls do so ahead of time!!