Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Encaustic Art

Recently I attended an encaustic workshop in the lovely setting of An Grianán, Co. Louth.  Encaustic art involves painting with hot melted wax using tools such as a spatiality iron or a stylus. I had heard about this art style before and couldn’t wait to give it a try!

When the workshop began we were given a spatiality iron, Gloss paper and asked to select a hand full of wax cubes.

                                          Speciality iron and wax cubes 

I originally thought that using wax to paint would give a similar effect to acrylics. However throughout the workshop I found that the wax, depending on the method of application, could also resemble water or oil paints.

Here are some images of how I got on

                                          Technique practice

                                                    Mountain scenes



I found this workshop fun and very relaxing. The instructions were easy to follow with the help of  the tutor Niamh, who was attentive, funny and allowed for creative freedom outside of her instructions. The only negative side to the workshop that I could think of is that it is addictive and you will want to buy all the materials!  

Try it yourself :)

For a peek at a true encaustic art artist check out Niamh’s stuff at https://www.facebook.com/ThisLittleStudio

For more information on this workshop email An Grianán at admin@an-grianan.ie