New work on Artwork Archive

Online tools are great to keep you organized. Thank you AA! See new work posted here: https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/lisa-sisley-blinn.

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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

Encaustic

Clairvoyant Encaustics. Encaustic medium.
http://www.clairvoyantencaustics.com

Custom Art Panels by Rodney Thompson
http://www.rodneythompson.com/panels/Panel_intro.html

Encaustic Supplies
http://www.encausticsupplies.com

Enkaustikos. Great videos.
http://www.encausticpaints.com

Evans Encaustics. Hylla’s amazing encaustic paints.
http://www.evansencaustics.com/
http://www.EvansEncaustics.blogspot.com

Fine Art Store. Enkaustikos encaustic paint, raw materials, tools, short training videos, Ampersand Encausticbords.
http://www.fineartstore.com

Kama Pigment Encaustic Paint
http://www.kamapigment.com/index_en.html

Miles Conrad Encaustics. Encaustics made by Miles Conrad.
http://www.custom-encaustics.com

Paula Roland. Hot Box
http://rolandworkshops.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=114&vmcchk=1&Itemid=114

R&F Handmade Paints. Encaustic and oil pigment sticks (the best). Workshops, blog, forum, …
http://www.rfpaints.com/

Wagner Encaustics
http://www.wagnerencaustics.com/

Wax Works Supplies
http://www.waxworksencaustics.com/

Beeswax

Dadant and Sons
http://www.dadant.com

Douglas and Stugis/ArtAtuff. Damar crystals, waxes, sculpture tools
http://www.artstuf.com

Strahl & Pitsch (best source yellow beeswax)
http://strahlpitsch.com/

Swans Candles LLP. Pelletized pharmaceutical  grade beeswax
http://www.swanscandles.com/store/encausticsupplies.html

Books and DVDs

Books

The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0823002837/wwwjoannematt-20

Embracing Encaustics: Learning to Paint with Beeswax by Linda & William Womack
http://www.lindawomack.com/books/purchase.html

Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax by Lissa Rankin
http://www.owningpink.com/lissa-rankin-md/lissas-books/encaustic-book

Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working With Wax by Patricia Seggebruch
http://gingerfetish.blogspot.com/2011/04/encaustic-mixed-media-innovative.html

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf. Book.
http://encausticwithatextilesensibility.blogspot.com/2010/05/and-now-book-is-here.html

Encaustic Workshop Book by Patricia B. Seggebruch
http://www.amazon.com/Encaustic-Workshop-Patricia-B-Seggebruch/dp/B006LNJLUK

Mysterious Fayum Portraits by Euphrosyne Doxiadis
http://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Fayum-Portraits-Euphrosyne-Doxiadis/dp/0810933314/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327675207&sr=8-2

DVDs

Encaustic +Paper taught by Wax Works West, Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, Daniella Woolf. DVD: 155 minutes.
http://waxworkswest.com/products/dvds.html

Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints with Heat and Wax by Paula Roland. DVD: 145 minutes.
http://www.paularoland.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=119

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf. DVD: 120 minutes
http://encausticwithatextilesensibility.blogspot.com/2009/11/dvd-is-almost-for-sale.html

Wax Twist: Advanced Encaustic Techniques by Cari Hernandez. DVD: 110 minutes.
http://www.waxtwist.com/WAX_Twist/Home.html

Damar Resin Crystals

Douglas and Stugis/ArtAtuff. Damar crystals, waxes, sculpture tools
http://www.artstuf.com

Utrecht. Paper, damar crystals, brushes, general art supplies.
http://www.utrecht.com

Metal Leaf

Sepp Leaf
http://www.seppleaf.com 

Sinopia Pigments and Materials
http://www.sinopia.com/index.aspx

Metal Hot Press Foil

Crown Roll Leaf
http://www.crownrollleaf.com/foils.html

Texas Craft
http://www.texascraft.com/hps/home.php?cat=272

Paper

Graphic Chemical and Ink. Paper, inks, rollers and brayers, everything printmaking related.
https://www.graphicchemical.com/Default.asp

Hiromi
http://store.hiromipaper.com/

Mulberry Paper and More
http://www.mulberrypaperandmore.com

OAS: Oriental Art Supply
http://www.orientalartsupply.com/

Pigments and Inks

Earth Pigments .“Non-toxic pigments, mica powders and mediums”
http://www.earthpigments.com/index.cfm

Faust Ink
http://www.faustink.com/store/productslist.aspx?CategoryID=24&selection=2

Graphic Chemical and Ink. Paper, inks, rollers and brayers, everything printmaking related.
https://www.graphicchemical.com/Default.asp

Kama Pigments
http://www.kamapigment.com/store/index.asp?lang=1&catpage=500

Sinopia
http://www.sinopia.com/

Printing: Post Cards, Business Cards, …

iprintfromhome.com
http://www.iprintfromhome.com/

Modern Postcard
http://www.modernpostcard.com/

Moo. Mini-business cards, stickers, …
http://www.moo.com

Overnight Print
http://www.overnightprints.com

Shipping Materials

Foam Board Source
http://www.foamboardsource.com

Talas. Silicone release paper. Bookbinding, conservation and restoration supplies.
http://www.talasonline.com/

Uline. Shipping and packaging supplies, storage, safety and more.
http://www.uline.com/

Software

Business

Bento. Organize events, track projects, … (Mac)
http://www.filemaker.com/products/bento/

eArtist. Business management tool. (PC, Mac)
http://www.artscope.net/eArtist/

GYST: Organize your inventory, projects and more. (PC, Mac)
http://www.gyst-ink.com/

Working Artist. …”Manage the business side of art”… (PC)
http://www.workingartist.com/

Tools

The Complete Sculptor
http://www.sculpt.com

Dolan Tools
http://www.ceramictools.com/

Georgies Ceramics and Tile Co.
http://www.georgies.com

Kemper Tools
http://www.kempertools.com/

Krueger Pottery.
http://kruegerpottery.com/

Polymer Clay Express
http://polymerclayexpress.com/

Sculpture House.
http://www.sculpturehouse.com/

Other

K&J Magnetics. Neodymium magnets
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/

Lidded Tins

Specialty Bottle
http://www.specialtybottle.com/metalcontainers.aspx

Best Containers. Metal lidded tins
http://www.bestcontainers.com/derosetinse.html

Treenway Silks
http://www.treenwaysilks.com/?mid=551

General Art materials and Supplies

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

ArtMart. R&F product line. Ampersand Encausticbords. General art supplies.
Local, St. Louis.
http://www.artmartstl.com/

Art Supplies Online
http://www.artsuppliesonline.com/search.cfm?terms=encaustic

ASW Express
http://search.aswexpress.com/search?keywords=encaustic

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
http://www.cheapjoes.com/search/?keywords=encaustic&x=21&y=9

Daniel Smith Art Materials
http://www.danielsmith.com/

Dick Blick. Panels, encaustic paints and supplies, general needs.
http://www.dickblick.com

Jerry’s Art Arama
http://search.jerrysartarama.com/search?keywords=encaustic

Metropolitan Picture Framing
http://www.metroframe.com/

Pearl Paint
http://www.pearlpaint.com/shop_search.htm?keywords=encaustic&Submit=Go

Utrecht. Paper, damar crystals, brushes, general art supplies.
http://www.utrecht.com

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

New Work: 100 Thoughts

sauce_chalksWhat started out as a journal exercise of a few hours turned into a 3 week project exploring color and texture, and  thinking about reflections from surfaces and thoughts. View the series for  “100 Thoughts” on Flickr.

encaustics_paper_set2The reflections off water, glass, marble, and other transparent, translucent or glossy surfaces have always intrigued me. The image that is reflected is often distorted, ambiguous, hazy, blurry, and edited by the shape of the surface. Sometimes, much like our thoughts. Situations and encounters can occasionally leave our thoughts bouncing around like light off a surface: uncertain, out of focus, out of context, or clear but truncated.

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“100 Thoughts” is a  set of small images that correspond to thoughts that were generated by the act of mark making with encaustic paint on paper. Although some of the images began with an idea, most were “named” after the image was completed. When the actions of the mark making were done, the thought regarding the image crystallized. Titles were kept short to correspond with the small image size, and a specific idea.

All pieces in the set are encaustic with oil bar on Fabriano Artistico paper. The paper is 5 1/2 ” x 6″  (14 cm x 15 cm), images are about 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm). Edges were taped, creating a restricted painting/reflection area. Not unlike a print edition, the edges and backs of the paper were kept as clean as possible. Images that were inconsistent with the established theme were removed from the set. Out of an original 116, only 100 were selected for the completed set. The others were added to the original journal entry.

100_thoughts_allSome titles from the  “100 Thoughts” series:

Answer II
Berries I
Blaze II
Blueberry Kiss II
Creamsicle Sky I
Fever I
Frosting II
Fury I
Glow I
Inner Glow II
Jam I
Jumble Ice I
Last Remark I
Mindful II
Night Mood II
Odd Moment II
Promise I
Rhubarb Vortex I
Startle I
Stormy Light II
Sweetness I
Thinking I
Transpired I
Undecided II
Whispers I

[ No music in the studio today. Only the snoring of 2 cats and a dog, and the soft sounds of heat on metal – the encaustic paints being warmed on the metal palette.]

Show Acceptance: “Meditation: Sunset”

“Meditation: Sunset” was accepted in the Working in Wax exhibit.  Juror Eileen P. Goldenberg. Bedford Gallery, http://www.bedfordgallery.org/.  May 6 – June 21, 2009.

“Encaustic paint has luminous translucency, a succulent surface, and warms to the touch, like human skin. It offers a wide range of applications, such as using the pure encaustic with no color, adding pigments for rich color, creating texture, casting in molds, collaging with photographs, and making sculptures by combining it with wood, steel, and other materials. I believe this is why we love the wax; it gives us endless possibilities for expression.

Selecting well conceived, beautifully executed, and visually satisfying art works was my vision for this show. I was looking for artists who give us a glimpse into their emotions and lives. Though the focus of this show is the material, what is vital to art is the expression of the artists, and it is their visual language that shines through.

Eileen P. Goldenberg, juror”

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18″ x 18″ Encaustic with Oil Bar and Metal Leaf .
Canvas on Braced Board. 2009

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Detail from bottom left corner.

May 6: Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:00—7:00 p.m.
June 18: Culture + Cocktails Reception, 6:00—8:00 p.m.
June 21: Exhibition closes

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925/295-1423
http://www.bedfordgallery.org/

If you are close, take a look at the exhibit and snap a picture for me!