Selected for Linda Womack’s 3rd Edition of Embracing Encaustic

I am thrilled to be included in Linda Womack’s 3rd edition book, Embracing Encaustic. Thank you Linda!

Embracing Encaustic

Read about it on Linda Womack’s sites:

  • Embracing Encaustic:

    “Choosing the artists for the new edition of Embracing Encaustic was challenging job, but in the end I selected 70+ pieces from over 150 artists who submitted work.”

  • Linda Womack Blog:

    “Great news! I’ve decided to reissue my book, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, as an electronic book (eBook) for the third edition.  This will allow me to create a more comprehensive and less expensive book that will be available for immediate download by artists all over the world. It will be available through and readable on Kindle readers, iPads and other devices with Kindle software.  Publishing as an eBook will also allow me to greatly expand our Gallery section to include many more inspiring works by artists from several countries.

    Choosing the artists for the new edition of Embracing Encaustic was challenging job, but in the end I selected 70+ pieces from over 150 artists who submitted work.  … I plan to have the eBook out before the end of the year, but hopefully much sooner. Check the Embracing Encaustic web page for updates on the progress or join our mailing list on the same page for email updates and the official announcement when the book goes live.”

    “Iterations: #821.”
    Encaustic and Oil Stick on Cradled Panel.
    36″ x 36″ 2″ 2012

Resources: Updated List of Suppliers for General Studio and Encaustic

I have been updating my list of suppliers for the general studio, and encaustic related tools and equipment. These are companies and individuals that I use, or have been highly recommended by other artists I know. I hope that your experience will be as good as mine, but as always with recommendations, “your mileage may vary.”

Prices and shipping varies, so be sure to read all the details to get the best deal. Signing up for an e-newsletter may result in a coupon later on. Be sure to check the online sale sections. I am often pleasantly surprised to find what I need there. A higher priced item may be made with better quality ingredients, an encaustic paint may be more densely pigmented, and a specialized tool may last longer. Only you can decide what is the best deal based on your research, need and budget.

If you have a favorite business or individual you would like to add to my list, just drop me a note in a comment!

Encaustic Art Supplies


Clairvoyant Encaustics. Encaustic medium.

Custom Art Panels by Rodney Thompson

Encaustic Supplies

Enkaustikos. Great videos.

Evans Encaustics. Hylla’s amazing encaustic paints.

Fine Art Store. Enkaustikos encaustic paint, raw materials, tools, short training videos, Ampersand Encausticbords.

Kama Pigment Encaustic Paint

Miles Conrad Encaustics. Encaustics made by Miles Conrad.

Paula Roland. Hot Box

R&F Handmade Paints. Encaustic and oil pigment sticks (the best). Workshops, blog, forum, …

Wagner Encaustics

Wax Works Supplies


Dadant and Sons

Douglas and Stugis/ArtAtuff. Damar crystals, waxes, sculpture tools

Strahl & Pitsch (best source yellow beeswax)

Swans Candles LLP. Pelletized pharmaceutical  grade beeswax

Books and DVDs


The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera

Embracing Encaustics: Learning to Paint with Beeswax by Linda & William Womack

Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax by Lissa Rankin

Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working With Wax by Patricia Seggebruch

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf. Book.

Encaustic Workshop Book by Patricia B. Seggebruch

Mysterious Fayum Portraits by Euphrosyne Doxiadis


Encaustic +Paper taught by Wax Works West, Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, Daniella Woolf. DVD: 155 minutes.

Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints with Heat and Wax by Paula Roland. DVD: 145 minutes.

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf. DVD: 120 minutes

Wax Twist: Advanced Encaustic Techniques by Cari Hernandez. DVD: 110 minutes.

Damar Resin Crystals

Douglas and Stugis/ArtAtuff. Damar crystals, waxes, sculpture tools

Utrecht. Paper, damar crystals, brushes, general art supplies.

Metal Leaf

Sepp Leaf 

Sinopia Pigments and Materials

Metal Hot Press Foil

Crown Roll Leaf

Texas Craft


Graphic Chemical and Ink. Paper, inks, rollers and brayers, everything printmaking related.


Mulberry Paper and More

OAS: Oriental Art Supply

Pigments and Inks

Earth Pigments .“Non-toxic pigments, mica powders and mediums”

Faust Ink

Graphic Chemical and Ink. Paper, inks, rollers and brayers, everything printmaking related.

Kama Pigments


Printing: Post Cards, Business Cards, …

Modern Postcard

Moo. Mini-business cards, stickers, …

Overnight Print

Shipping Materials

Foam Board Source

Talas. Silicone release paper. Bookbinding, conservation and restoration supplies.

Uline. Shipping and packaging supplies, storage, safety and more.



Bento. Organize events, track projects, … (Mac)

eArtist. Business management tool. (PC, Mac)

GYST: Organize your inventory, projects and more. (PC, Mac)

Working Artist. …”Manage the business side of art”… (PC)


The Complete Sculptor

Dolan Tools

Georgies Ceramics and Tile Co.

Kemper Tools

Krueger Pottery.

Polymer Clay Express

Sculpture House.


K&J Magnetics. Neodymium magnets

Lidded Tins

Specialty Bottle

Best Containers. Metal lidded tins

Treenway Silks

General Art materials and Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply. Wooden painting panels, general art supplies.

ArtMart. R&F product line. Ampersand Encausticbords. General art supplies.
Local, St. Louis.

Art Supplies Online

ASW Express

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff

Daniel Smith Art Materials

Dick Blick. Panels, encaustic paints and supplies, general needs.

Jerry’s Art Arama

Metropolitan Picture Framing

Pearl Paint

Utrecht. Paper, damar crystals, brushes, general art supplies.

Hope you find what you need! Add your go-to supplier in a comment!

Online : Readings and Inspiration 8-24-2011

Like many, I use the Internet for information gathering, sourcing, and inspiration. I read news articles, find new art blogs, follow leads, and look at a lot of images. Here is a short list of what crossed my monitor this week.

Today my searches for information have centered around how to find support to sustain being an artist. This may take the form of grants and residencies, or advice on how to work with a gallery. Below are some of the most interesting sources I found this past week.


  • Alliance of Artists Communities
    Google Search Page Clip

    Even Google can help you if you have the time and endurance!

    “The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists’ communities and residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work”

  • Res Artis
    “We are an association of over 300 centers and organizations in over 50 countries. Our members are dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people a time and place away from their every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.”
  • Creative Capital
    “Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Our pioneering approach combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for our grantees.”
  • CAA Opportunities (College Art Association). Nice long list.

What are your strategies for finding the best venues, competitions, and related artist opportunities? Post your ideas in a comment!

New Fall Classes: Introduction to Encaustic

Sign up early! Classes fill quickly.

  • Encaustic+: 4 Week Intensive with Lisa Sisley-Blinn

    Sundays: September 22-30.  1-3:30pm. 4 Weeks.
    Location: ArtMart.
    2355 S. Hanley rd. • St. Louis, Mo 63144 • 314.781.9999

    Have you always wanted to learn about encaustic painting? Come to the “Encaustic+ 4 Week Intensive” to learn about this luscious, beautiful, versatile medium. It will cover safety and studio set up, transfer, drawing methods, collage and texture creation. Everything you need to know to get started. Taught by encaustic artist Lisa Sisley-Blinn. 2  1/2 hour class. 18 years+ (unless arranged with the instructor).

    • Week 1: Encaustic + Basic Techniques
      In the first class we will briefly take a look at the history of encaustic, review contemporary artists, learn about equipment and material safety,  and studio set up.  We will complete our first painting using layering and fusing techniques.
    • Week 2: Encaustic + Transfer, Direct and Indirect Drawing
      Encaustic is a very versatile medium. In addition to painting techniques, encaustic can be used with most drawing materials either directly on the surface, or by means of transferring the image from another surface.  Special focus will be on the use of oil paint sticks to create intaglio-like surface drawings and texture. We will complete our second painting using a water-based transfer method , as well as using drawing tools common to your home or studio.
    • Week 3: Encaustic + Collage: Embedding and Encasing
      The encaustic medium can be used to create beautiful collages with both flat and low relief materials through the use of embedding and encasing techniques. Our third painting in this series will focus on using encaustic to create a collage, layered with drawing and painting to create a finished piece
    • Week 4: Encaustic + Texture and Low Relief
      In our last class for this series, learn how to create texture using both common and surprise tools and materials. You will also learn how to create low relief patterns and shapes that can be built up quickly and easily. Complete your fourth painting
  • Introduction to Encaustics
    Saturdays: September 22-November 10. 8 Weeks.

    Location: St. Louis Artists’ Guild

    This class will focus on exploring current encaustic methods and materials. After a brief history and survey of artists currently working in this medium, we will explore studio safety, tools and materials, supports, heat sources, encaustic paints and medium, mark making, transfers, direct and indirect drawing, embedding, collage, and mixed media techniques. This class is well suited for both beginner and intermediate level students.

    Instructor: Lisa Sisley-Blinn

Dates: Meets every week on Saturday
Saturday, September 22, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

$120 for SLAG members, $150 for non-members

Phone: 314-727-6266

  • Studio Encaustic Intensive. Studio of Lisa Sisley-Blinn
    (1 Class, 6 hours)
    Jumble Ice IIExperience the tactile, versatile nature of encaustic painting in a private studio setting with a one or two day workshop. Workshops can be scheduled for individuals or small groups up to 4 students. Skill level can be tailored to your needs, current projects, or interests.

    Learn about studio safety, materials, tools and techniques. Receive handouts on safety, contemporary artists using the medium, professional groups, resources, recipes for encaustic medium and more. Some of the topics covered include: working safely, preparing a substrate (paper, panel, braced panel), making paint and mixing colors, hot/cool techniques, digital image transfer, collage and embedding, incising, and use of a heat gun and torch. Many materials included: encaustic medium, beeswax, encaustic paint, and oil stick.

    One-day class is 6 hours, 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. Two-day class is 4 hours each day, 10am-2pm. Come take a class: laugh, learn and take completed work home with you! Limit 4. 18 years+

    One Day Session, Six hours
    $150.00 for one person
    $125.00 for each person, up to 4 students
    20% off class price for WaxCentric members. Learn more about WaxCentric. Membership is free. Sign up on our MeetUp:

    Email: for more information.

In the Studio: Iwatani Torch Burner Professional

Yes, I am a tool junkie. Can’t help it. Good tools just make life easier, unique and unusual tools make it exciting. Tools that you have been lusting over for a year are precious.

New to my studio is the Iwatani Torch Burner Professional, $34.00 plus shipping at the time of my purchase. I know, this is not new to many of you, nor is it huge, but it is a step up for me from my 10-year-old 5″ tall crème brûlée torch.  I will gradually make my way to the “Rambo” sized propane canister with wearable holster and torch on a flexible hose, but for now, baby steps.

As described on the site, it has the following features:

  • “Built-in pistol type piezo ignition

    Iwatani Torch Burner Professional

    Iwatani Torch Burner Professional

  • Use with Iwatani Cassette Gas
  • Easy to use Push’n Twist gas cylinder attachment
  • Built-in Flame Size adjustment
  • Air regulating knob”
The pistol ignition is as easy as advertised. The flame size adjustment and air regulating system is also as easy as described.  Just gently turn the gray knob on the back to start the fuel flow (you will hear it fizz a bit), and squeeze the trigger. Instant flame! The gray ring around the front metal barrel adjusts the flame from a very small and soft glow to a billowing flame. Between the fuel flow and the flame control you can adjust the amount of heat and surface area affected by the flame quickly. To turn the flame off, rotate the gray knob on the back until the fuel is no longer flowing, and the flame dies out.
The Iwatani Cassette Gas cylinder is recommended for this torch  (as shown in the picture). It has a special coupling ring, that has a 1/4th” notch that allows the torch to mount to the canister. Many canisters do not have this notched ring, so be careful when you make your purchase.]
GasOne Butane Fuel Canister

GasOne Butane Fuel Canister

Instead of the Iwatani Cassette Gas cylinder, I purchased the GasOne Butane Fuel Canister, 12 pack for $19.00. It has the notched ring, and was less expensive than the recommended brand. The torch fits perfectly. Now that I have the set, I can cheerfully work on larger encaustic pieces, and the electricity in my home studio, or class room at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, doesn’t set off a circuit breaker when a hot plate cycles on or more than one student turns on a heat gun! The product features are described as this:
  • Net Weight: 8oz (227g) per cartridge
  • Height: 7.25″ Diameter: 2.6″
  • Cartridge has a Notched Collar providing easier alignment in portable gas burners!
  • UL Listed (1st available UL Recognized Safety Container for butane fuel)
For those that are not ready for a big torch, and want to get started with something bigger than the tiny standard kitchen torch, this is a nice size. It fits in your hand and is not too heavy. It is good in the studio on medium-sized work, and great in a class room. It is easy to transport, and is not too scary for  beginning encaustic students. The main negative is that you do have to keep buying the fuel canisters.
What am I coveting now? Well, for fine work I’m now thinking about the Blazer PT 4000 Pen Torch
What torches and fuel are you using? Leave a comment.