Monday, April 18, 2011

EncaustiCamp Spotlight: Bridgette Guerzon Mills

Continuing my series of guest bloggers from the EncaustiCamp retreat here is Bridgette Guerzon Mills from Contemplating the Moon....

"I mentioned in my last post that I will be previewing the instructors that will be teaching at Encausticamp this July in Salem, Oregon. This week it's my turn.

I am really excited to be combining two of my passions in one workshop this summer- bookmaking and encaustic. Well, actually three, come to think of it, because I will be covering mixed media techniques and incorporating those into your encaustic practice.

As readers of my blog, you all know that I have been creating handbound journals for many years. But my love of making books, goes beyond binding blank journals, it goes into the book art forum.

What is book art? Book art is works of art in the form of the book. Simple as that. But when you think of the book as a medium of visual expression, well, that opens of a whole world of visual exploration! Book art is the artist's interpretation of a "book". What I love about book art is the interaction between the artist and the audience. A book is not just meant to be looked it, but opened, touched, perused. So form invites exploration, while concept also engages. My first ever exhibit I was in was a book art show in Seattle, that included two of my pieces. I have been experiementing with book art forms since high school when my ceramics teacher, an exhibiting book artist, took me under her wing and introduced me to this fascinating art form.

mixed media book, includes pigmented beeswax
published in L.K. Ludwig's True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling, 2008

It was only a natural progression that I would start exploring marrying encaustic with books. I am excited to be sharing my process at Encausticamp this summer in the workshop entitled "A Book of Images and Wax".
 In this workshop we will go over incorporating photographs with encaustic with either collage or transfer techniques. We will create these on boards which we will bind in an accordian type of binding. I will also go over using paper with encaustic, one of my favorite things to do, and incorporating those creations into our book of wax and images.

If that sounds like fun to you, then head on over to Encausticamp to register for 3 days and 4 nights crammed with all things beeswax. This is a retreat that is for all levels and beginners in encaustic will feel at home here too. I think that people are often intimidated about starting to paint in encaustic, so this is a wonderful way to venture into painting and creating with wax. 

a little sample book I made of encaustic pages coptic bound"

~Well I don't know about you, but if I wasn't already going to be teaching at EncaustiCamp, Bridgette's class would surely be enough to convince me to go!


  1. wow, so lovely, what can one really say?! what a wonderful array of teachers and artists. :)

  2. Found you from Art Saves, Crystal! I share that passion you spoke about to show other women how Art heals. What a great opportunity Jenny has given us to share our stories and passions! Best wishes for your upcoming event! Blessings for the day!

  3. I love your work! I have seen it on tumblr and finally just had to have a piece of my own. I just want to make sure that the matt on it is cream colored!???
    Thank you so much for the beauty you create.

  4. Mmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm.......these are some great photos of some great work.

    when is there going to be an encaustic camp at the ranch??

    be honest.

    i love you!!