Wednesday, July 01, 2009

wax workshop

wax resist, dye on cloth
I've been asked to give a workshop for the LaCloche participating artists this coming Friday. A month or so ago I told the committee that I would demonstrate my wax techniques on paper and on cloth and now it's in stone on the website.
Basting to a backing on the kitchen floor.

My method focuses on using wax as a resist. To simplify here it is:
heat wax, apply , scratch into wax if desired, add dye or ink, allow to dry, remove wax.

There's an earthy feel to anything wax touches, I'd say.

This will not be an encaustic workshop - it's only two hours in length. However, I am starting to experiment with encaustic, adding colour to my wax. Perhaps I have the LaCloche committee to thank for pushing me in this direction.


  1. a lovely big earthy thumbprint

  2. Anonymous10:08 am

    terrific. this is basically batik, yes? i ahve never worked with wax. is it messy?

  3. sorry , that was me.

  4. yes, this is batik.

    hot wax resist. I made three this large and unfortunately cut one of them up to make borders - I prefer the largeness of this simple one.

    Jude, you would love working with wax. Just get an electric fry pan and don't go above 240 degrees - let the wax heat up and cool down again in the fry pan. Easy peasy.

  5. thanks. i'm gonna try!

  6. I love the simplicity of it. It is very cool.


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