New Fall Classes 2012

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  • Encaustic+: 4 Week Intensive with Lisa Sisley-Blinn
    Sundays: September 9-30.  1-3:30pm. 4 Weeks.
    Location: ArtMart.
    2355 S. Hanley rd. • St. Louis, Mo 63144 • 314.781.9999Have 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

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  • Studio Encaustic Intensive. Studio of Lisa Sisley-Blinn
    (1 Class, 6 hours)
    Experience 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.

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!

Studio Time: Encaustic Medium Cake Sizes

encaustic_muffinAfter I make a batch of encaustic medium in the crock-pot, I like to measure it out into usable portions.  Typically I have been using  metal baking pans appropriated from the kitchen.  Most of the medium is ladled into metal muffin pans in two sizes, medium and large (not extra large). Once cooled, the tins are placed in the freezer to harden so that they will fall out of the tins easily. The smaller cakes are used either whole, or broken up and melted with color cakes to create transparent washes.

encaustic_blockA portion is poured into a bread pan, which will be placed on the heating surface as a larger reservoir. I use this to separate either sections or full painting surfaces with layers of medium. Or, to build up textural surfaces, embed objects, seal transfers and sgraffito work. The larger muffin cakes are used to replenish this quantity as needed.

Recently I experimented with  flexible silicone bakeware. I bought a Wilton “bite size” brownie pan on sale at a local craft store. “Individual cavities are 1.5 x 1.5 x .75 in. deep.”  I am a convert. Silicon molds are now my new favorite tool. I love the ease of removing the cakes, either at room temperature or cold.  Additionally, this small size fits into any paint container on my palette and is very convenient. My only caution regarding the use of these molds has to do with their flexibility. Either let the encaustic cubes cool before moving the molds, or place the molds on a board or cookie sheet prior to filling. Because they are flexible, it is possible that they will flex and spill hot wax when you are moving them if not supported well.

encaustic_cubesAdditionally, the small molds could  be used to build up a repository of custom colors. Instead of leaving a small amount of paint in a larger cup or tin, to be saved for some future time, pour it off into several small cubes. Keep for another painting, save with documentation for a completed painting for possible future repair work, or exchange with other artists or students.

My metal pans are beaten up with years of use. From now on, I am on the lookout for replacement silicon molds.

[Music in the studio: “James Taylor: Live at the Beacon Theatre,” 1996;  “Paul Simon: Graceland: The African Concert”, 1987. Both on DVD from Netflix.]

Studio Time: Tools & Materials

My paintings are created with studio made beeswax medium, R&F encaustic paints and oil bars, and various brushes and tools.

Tools, Paint, Oil Bar

Working with this tactile medium is challenging, rewarding, and creatively open ended. The surfaces are rich, luminous and inviting. The results are often times surprising and always intriguing.

Encaustic Paintings

The details of the surface are often as wonderful as the finished piece viewed from a distance. (Photos taken in the evening light of  the studio.)

Encaustic - Detail

[Studio music today: Lilly Allen – “The Fear, “ and other pieces on YouTube.]