Faux Encaustic with Acrylics:
A 2-week Workshop
What is it that everyone loves about the look of encaustic painting? Is it the satiny sheen, the luminous layers, the veiled mystery? Yes, so why not wax?
Many love the look of encaustic paintings (paintings made with pigment and beeswax), but are not fond of the fumes or the heat and would rather paint using their acrylics. Without any special tools, equipment or paints, you can achieve an encaustic effect using acrylics.
In this 2-week workshop, students will learn how to get similar effects to real encaustic painting and gain a better understanding of viscosity, transparency, layering, and sheen. We will learn how to build layers that are partially veiled to create great depth, history and mystery.
Students will complete two 8x8 paintings and one 5x5 painting on cradled wood panel (all supplies are provided).
These techniques may be adapted to whatever your painting style may be: landscape, portrait, still life, surreal or abstract. And we will explore special effects some artists will use in conjunction with faux encaustic.
Faux encaustic is not faster or easier than wax. In fact, it is a bit more time consuming—but you will find that there are more options and possibilities!
No experience with faux encaustics necessary but students should have some experience with painting in acrylics.
About the Guest instructor
Kristen Guest is an award-winning abstract expressionism artist and certified art instructor in San Diego, California. She studied Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University because it seemed to be the most natural path: she loved art and she loved helping others. Currently, Kristen works out of her studio at the Bernardo Winery and teaches abstract painting classes at Art on 30th, an art center located in the North Park’s vibrant arts and culture district. She is best known for using various muted desert hues and incorporating a wide variety of drawing materials in her abstract work, giving it a “fresh,” expressive, and gestural feeling.
Her work is currently on display at Ashton Gallery in San Diego, CA. Kristen’s abstracts have been selected and featured on the homepage of online galleries Saatchi, Artfinder, and Zatista as well as selected and featured in newsletters as part of various Editor/Staff Pick highlights, including "Ones to Watch 2020" on Artfinder. She has been juried into local San Diego exhibits, prestigious regional exhibits at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA, and national exhibits in Washington DC, San Diego, CA, and Port Angeles, WA.