Mar 22, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays Tea Bag Collage

A fun week of experimentation on Wax on Wednesdays ! 
     A while back I saw a store that offered "Matte Finish " photos and had some done to see what the quality would be ,and so that I might be able to recommend this to my students as a possible alternative if they did not have access to an inkjet printer .

       I learned that there is a big difference between "Matte finish" and genuine Matte Photo paper. Matte photo paper can be acquired fairly inexpensively at Office supply stores and even Target etc. or you can bump up in quality to a cotton rag paper like Hahnemuhle Photo Rag which is a little pricey but  my personal favorite . Matte photo paper used in an inkjet printer will absorb the ink down into the paper and absorb  the encaustic wax as well. This allows you enormous leeway when working with the photos  to build layers, scrape back in , etc. without ruining the photo in the process. 

"Matte finish" as described by many photo labs is a process where the ink and finish is still laying on top of the paper as it does in glossy photos, they just aren't quite as glossy. For encaustic using materials that will absorb the wax is always the best choice, so I was a little weary of these !

I decided to try these photos out and see what would happen in a collage. I did not take the chance of using the encaustic as a glue in this case  because they did not appear at all to be absorbent to me . I used "Yes" paste to adhere them to my substrate. 

Supplies I uses this week:
used tea bags (cleaned and dried )
12x12" cradle board with the sides taped
encaustic medium
white encaustic paint
india ink
vintage ephemera
photo with a 'matte finish"
catalyst blade
heat gun 
torch
wood glue
stylus tool
paint stick (burnt umber )
vegetable oil
paper towels

If you would like to see this weeks video directly on the Youtube channel click 

There is just one more day to register for the Photo Encaustic Workshop at 
Marco's Paper in Dayton Ohio !
Fun full day workshop of exploring encaustic and imagery, 
Saturday March 25, 10-4:30
Photo encaustic is the creative practice of altering photos with our hands and encaustic medium instead of using photoshop! 

  We will be exploring multiple methods of both transferring and adding imagery onto encaustic paintings in exciting, fun ways.
Catered lunch provided ! All supplies are provided !
For details and to register on the White Iris Arts website https://www.whiteirisarts.com/workshops


I will also be teaching a super fun 
"Intro to Encaustics Workshop" 
downstairs at Essex Studios Cincinnati on April 8 for  the Cincinnati Book Arts Society. This is a full day of hands on encaustic exploration Packed full of techniques. This workshop is open to the public and membership is not required . For more information and to register on the Cincinnati Book Art Society Web site at http://cincinnatibookarts.org/?page_id=272
All supplies provided just come explore and have fun !

For a complete updated list of live workshops I will be teaching click on the "workshop page " at the top of the blog. 

Blessings to you,
Shari 

Mar 8, 2017

A Month of Tea Time and Encaustic !



 This month I thought it would be fun to do a little series of different ways to incorporate lovely used tea bags into encaustic art . 
Why are used tea bags so lovely and enticing when it comes to art? 
Perhaps it is because the tradition of drinking tea actually dates back as far as the  art of encaustic itself  with the first known physical evidence found from 200BC .     Maybe it is because the stained papers of the tea bag after use produces that warm patina reminiscent of aged papers . The papers are strong enough  to hold the tea submerged in steeping water without falling apart , yet they are as translucent as tissue paper and feel as delicate to the touch. 
For week one of this project I began with some small collages with a wood glue burn to to add the lovely caramel hues of the tea bags. I found that the translucency of the bags very versatile within the collage . Layering the bags enhanced and intensified  the color of the bag itself , and also any affects that had been added to them including the india ink. 



Supplies I used this week :
4x4" cradle boards (3)
used tea bags and tags 
graphite crayon
vine charcoal stick
vintage ephemera
white encaustic paint
black encaustic paint
encaustic medium
encaustic gesso
heat gun 
torch
wood glue 
india inks

If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel click 






Live Workshops !

I will be in Columbus Ohio for Artiscape Artist Gathering April 28-30 teaching 3 workshops ! 
The "Encaustic Paper Magic " workshop 
on Saturday has just 1 spot left !!


On Friday we will be creating a house sculpture and adorning it with beautiful encaustic collage ! We are also creating the papers for the collage and the hand made mini journal for it ! 





When I do a workshop I like to show lots of examples in different styes . This is because I don't like specific project based workshops where you just simply re create my photo type. I want to show you all of the techniques and methods and creative building blocks and then encourage you to create in  your own style whatever that may be , and if you aren't sure we will bring it out :) Whether it is abstract , bright, and colorful , vintage and rusty etc etc.  Most everyone who has taken a workshop from me knows this about me, but if you haven't yet you might ask why I show all of the different photos and it is simply to give you different ideas of different styles that are  possible when you come in to the workshop. 


For more details on this workshop on the Artiscape Artist Gathering  Website 

April 8, 2017 
Intro to Encaustic 
Essex Studios Cincinnati Ohio


This workshop hosted at the Cincinnati Book Arts Society features a full day of encaustic techniques and exploration ! To see the details and register follow this link for the Cincinnati Book Arts Society Workshop page : 



March 25, 2017 
Marco's Paper Dayton Ohio 
Photo Encaustic with Shari Replogle!
Hosted by White Iris Arts








This workshop is a full day of exploration into the art of photo encaustic .  Photo encaustic is the creative practice of altering photos with our hands and encaustic medium instead of using photoshop!
We will be exploring multiple methods of both transferring and adding imagery onto encaustic paintings in beautiful, fun ways. To see details and register for this workshop click on the link to the White Iris Arts workshop page


Blessings to you , 
Shari 

Feb 22, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays ! Change Can Be Good




While doing some early spring cleaning in the studio I ended up sorting through some old small works that had been set aside for one reason or another . Sometimes time is a blessing and you can get a fresh perspective on things when you look at it with fresh eyes. 

A couple of them just needed something to make them pop a bit and enhance what was already there. On the third one I thought of adding a bit of collage with some of the encaustic painted papers from the workshop . I  ended up just going wherever the path led  me and it changed into an entirely new painting .  And that is ok too.  
Sometimes you have to take a few wrong turns before you are set on the right path. It's like taking the scenic route with your painting :) 




If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel click

Supplies used this week:
tacking iron
masonite boards
oil paint sticks
heat gun
encaustic painted collage papers
encaustic medium
vegetable oil
baby wipe

If you would like to join me for lots of fun learning  my encaustic paper painting process I am sharing it in 2 different live workshops at Artiscape Artist Gathering in April in Columbus Ohio. 
Here is a little video for the "our house' encaustic 3d sculpture and mini journal workshop where we will be creating these beautiful papers and binding them in a hand made journal and using them as collage on our encaustic house sculpture . 

Our House Mini Journal Workshop Artiscape Columbus Ohio 2017 from Shari Replogle on Vimeo.

If you are unable to view the workshop preview video on the email version of this post click HERE for direct link to the video on Vimeo 


You can click HERE for details for this and the 48 other wonderful workshops at Artiscape this year. 

Blessings to you ,
Shari 

Feb 15, 2017

Happy Wax on Wednesdays ! Valentine Collage and Paper Workshop Fun

This week in Encausticology Paper Journey we are diving in and making our own hand made papers ! 

I love all of the opportunities that present themselves when creating paper right in your studio. All of the textures that can be added , the colors, and the inclusions. These papers had quite a bit of vintage ephemera added as inclusions. Some of them have small flakes of red and blue which were  illustrations from a 1930s first reader . 


 My favorite thing to do when I enter the studio in the morning (while the wax is heating up) , is dive right in with a warm up exercise to get the creativity flowing. It's often  a fun timed challenge to relieve the stress of blank paper, canvas , or wood. but sometimes it is  an exciting exploration study! 
 Each week in Encausticology Paper Journey workshop we begin with a fun warm up on paper. 
This week is a paper marbling technique that can have beautiful effects especially when encaustic is added to the pages. 

In this week's Wax on Wednesdays I am sharing a little Valentine collage made from a variety of papers that have also been done  in the workshop.  

Spoiler Alert ! 
This is a little secret sneak peak because it is from the upcoming installment of Encausticology Paper Journey :)

I am addicted to these beauties and never get tired of making them. If you have made citrasolv papers before I am sure you can relate to the addictive nature of these papers. They are like pure magic. 

 To quote Forrest 's Mother "they are definitely like a box of chocolates because you surely never know what you'll get !"


Most of the papers in this collage are from the citrasolv, but there is also some hand painted encaustic papers , and some Japanese Hanshi paper I have painted with some amber shellac and let dry. 
Supplies I used this week 
shellac papers
citrasolv papers
encaustic painted rice papers
india ink
heat gun
encaustic medium
cradled board 

If you would like to see the video directly on the Youtube channel click 




If you would like to see the details for Encausticology Paper Journey online workshop click 

You can any of the online workshops at any time with no time limits or expiration dates. Just relax, create,  and have fun ! 

Live workshops ! 

I will be teaching several live workshops this spring !
The following 3 workshops will be at Artiscape Art Retreat at Embassy Suites Columbus Ohio April 27-30 . 

Seating is limited for these workshops so please sign up early to ensure your space is available . There are over 48 workshops to choose from in almost every medium . 

"Encaustic Mini Mask Assemblages" 
Metal , assemblage, encaustic . 
What could be more fun !
Sunday April 30 
click HERE for details
"Our House Encaustic Sculpture and Journal !" 
click HERE for details 


"Encaustic Paper Magic !" 
Create and explore techniques for creating beautiful hand painted encaustic papers , monotypes, and more. 
click HERE for details 

"Encaustic Image Exploration "
A full day workshop of exploring the magic of photo encaustic.
Marco's Paper 
Dayton Ohio March 25 
seating limited 
click HERE for details . 
Blessings to you,
Shari 

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Feb 1, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays Encaustic Painting Achieving Beautiful Rusty Caramels for Collage with Glue Burn


I love a Rusty colored  Palette !
The warm rusty caramel hues mixed with vintage ephemera. 
 The layers begin to gently form a story of the past . 
I am a salvager. A forager of the forgotten . 

Wood glue burn adds a beautiful warm 
rusty caramel backdrop to these once discarded memories . 

Supplies I Used This Week:
4x4" cradled board
wood glue
stamp
vintage ephemera
oil paint sticks
encaustic medium
heat gun 
etched brass piece
old jump ring






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 Still time to join us for Encausticlology Paper Journey online workshop
Learn the magic that happens when infusing wax into beautiful papers, how to bind them, and make your own paper !
There is also so much great information and sharing going on in the Facebook Group group right now . You rock Encaustic Clan !


Would you like to join me for some fun Live Encaustic workshop creating ?
Spring 2017 live workshop schedule is now posted on the workshop page at the top of the blog. 



Blessings to you,
Shari 







Jan 25, 2017

Wax on Wednesdays Encaustic Coloring Pages !


We have been super busy creating in the "Encausticology Paper Journey " online workshop ! This first week concentrated on encaustic monotypes, and this week we will be creating a handmade journal for all of our wonderful prints. This is a little warm up exercise created from the clean up of all of those great monotype pulls. 
When using your heated palette to mix paint colors or create encaustic monotypes , it is such a shame to let lovely excess pigmented wax go to waste! I find that even as I am attempting to clean the surface with a paper towel beautiful mark making is created , and I must attempt to capture those images! 
 I often soak up the excess wax with regular copy paper from the printer. 
They have fascinating marks and patterns that I just can't let go to waste. 
But what to do with them ? 
I create encaustic coloring pages ! 

These coloring pages are a perfect warm up exercise for when I step into the studio in the morning to start getting some color play going, and it really makes those wax blots and patterns pop !

Details for "Encasuticology Paper Journey workshop?
Click HERE for details.


Supplies I used this week :
copy paper
encaustic medium pigmented
heated palette
water color paints
paper towel or brush
water 
If you would like to see the video directly on the youtube channel click 
HERE

Live Workshop News !

Artiscape Workshops are Now Open for Registration !
Columbus Ohio 
Embassy Suites 
April 27-30
50+ awesome workshops spanning most mediums ! 
Get ready for a journey and adventure into freeing your mind , and flexing you creative muscles in exploring the completely magical effects of encaustic and paper! Free yourself creatively, and allow yourself to express your emotion through intuitiveness, color and encaustic! Hot plate monotypes, hand painting , no brush painting, building layers of color, infusing the wax and rich pigments into gorgeous papers. No encaustic experience necessary, just bring your creative spirit, a positive attitude and get ready to create beautiful wax infused papers.
click on the photo for registration details. 

"Our House"
 encaustic sculpture workshop. 
Create an encaustic house sculpture in a very unique and fun way, and then adorn it with beautiful encaustic paints and papers. Then create a beautiful journal for your house sculpture filled with encaustic papers you have painted by hand . Click on the photos for registration details and to register for the workshop. 

Photo Encaustic Imagery Live Workshop
March 25, 2017 
Marcos Paper 
Dayton Ohio 

 In this workshop explore all sorts of ways to add and transfer imagery onto encaustic.
Use your own snapshots or fun vintage photos. We will be enhancing , altering ,and creating beautiful imagery with encaustic . 

Hosted by the lovely ladies at "White Iris Arts"
click here for registration details

Blessings to you ,
Shari