Thursday, October 13, 2016

Encaustic Techniques in Printmaking

I am really excited to tell you about this very special workshop that I have been developing with fellow artist Samira Gdisis, owner of The Black Eyed Press. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to explore this unique combination of materials. These seemingly unrelated mediums come together beautifully; Encaustic Wax and Printmaking - texture, fine details, techniques in both processes that will give you a competitive edge in building on your own body of work or ignite something new.  

Hint: this one is worth traveling to. A list of area hotels will be provided upon request. Second Saturday art walk is happening in neighboring Kenosha, Wisconsin. The acclaimed RAM museum is minutes away, and an option for Sunday morning Yoga is available in the Gallery on 16th. I do hope you will join us! 

Encaustic Techniques in Printmaking

Artist Crystal Neubauer teams up with Samira Gdisis of The Black Eyed Press to explore traditional printmaking techniques in relationship to the non-traditional use of encaustic medium. Participants will have a unique opportunity to explore printmaking techniques, including collagraph, relief, and etching, by applying encaustic medium to a Plexiglas plate for use in a professional printmaking studio.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to explore encaustic monoprinting and receive instruction in translating certain techniques to a home studio application when a printing press is not available.

Discussions and demonstrations will include safe studio practices, product selection, the exploration of building plate texture with wax, creating and incising a smooth surface for etching, using objects to create design, registration for single and multiple color passes, rendering abstract and realistic art prints, and suggestions for mounting and displaying the encaustic plates as a work of art unto itself alongside the printed works.

The workshop is designed for those with no experience in either medium, as well as those with a foundation in either encaustic painting or printmaking techniques who wish to further explore this combination.

Workshop includes the majority of supplies, studio time and materials, with only a short supply list required of each student. Students will be asked to bring the following:

  • Plexiglas cut to 6” x 8” - at least (2) pieces with edges to be finished before class per instruction received on registration
  • Arches Cover 92lb. – at least (2) sheets of 22” x 30” white or cream
  • (1) Encaustic quality brush
  • Fitted heat resistant work gloves (Either construction or kitchen variety will work)
  • Lino cutting kit
  • Inspiration photos or illustrations

Options are available at registration for boxed lunch by the acclaimed Chez Bob and Sunday morning Yoga in the Gallery on 16th.

Workshop Fee

*Kind regards and acknowledgment to Strathmore, R&F Paints, and Enkaustikos.