Faux Encaustic with Acrylics 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 on cradled wood panel and one 5x5 painting on cradled wood panel that can be given as a gift (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 instructor
Kristen is a full-time, 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 Art on 30th. She started creating ever since she could hold a pencil in her hand and has been painting since 2002, from oils to watercolors to acrylics.
Her work is on display at Kelsey Michaels Fine Art in Laguna Beach, CA and Ashton Gallery in San Diego, CA. Kristen’s abstracts have been selected and featured on the homepage of online galleries Saatchi, Artfinder, and Zatista. She has been juried into prestigious local, regional, and national exhibits in California, Washington, and Washington D.C.