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Encaustic for Photographers
with Jill Skupin Burkholder
October 12 - October 15, 2011

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A world of creative possibilities exists within the alternative photographic processes and mixed media realm. One of the most unique processes is the encaustic technique—using hot beeswax and pigments to enhance images. Working with pigmented wax is an ancient method of adding color to an object or art piece, and painters have long been enticed by the addition of translucent wax to their work. Photographers can blend encaustic painting and the translucency of wax with digital images as key elements in the art piece.

We begin with learning how to prepare digital images with sufficient detail and local contrast to use with encaustic methods. We then explore adding images at different stages in the creation of an encaustic piece, at the beginning or during the process of adding wax layers. We practice transferring images, using laser copies and inkjet transparencies, onto handmade papers, and onto the wax surface. Additional techniques include using stencils, imbedding objects, and adding texture and color to encaustic pieces.

On the first day, participants work with sample boards and practice various techniques and exercises. During the workshop, there will be one field trip for shooting in the Santa Fe area. The remaining workshop time concentrates on developing methods and a workflow specific to each individual’s personal style and images.

This workshop with modern master Jill Skupin Burkholder introduces photographers to the basics of working with encaustic materials, exploring mixed-media assets, and the techniques needed to integrate this seductive medium.

Enrollment: 12 maximum

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Jill Skupin Burkholder: Jill Skupin Burkholder is a photographer and artist whose work includes handcrafted techniques such as encaustic techniques u...

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