|Instructor: Linda Womack
Price: $49 USD
Prerequisite: Encaustic Collage, Controlling Encaustic Paint & Adding Texture or equivalent experience. Note: This is an intermediate class that builds upon basic encaustic painting and fusing skills. Basic skills will not be covered in this class.
The crackle finish is a shellac-based resist you paint onto warm wax then super heat until it cracks, leaving an elegant organic finish that would be impossible to paint by hand. At first you may want to try this technique on the top layer of your paintings because it’s so spectacular, but once you learn the process you’ll find that it can be interesting on any layer of wax. This finish requires the use of a propane torch so if you aren’t familiar with how to use one you’ll learn that too. I’ll also teach you how to make your own custom colors at home and what you need to know about using this mixture safely.
What we’ll cover:
- Materials and Safety
- Working With Torches
- Easy Amber Shellac
- Cleaning Your Brushes
- Sealing with Clear or Colored Wax
- Mixing Custom Colors
- Using Color Crackle
- Working Over Texture
- Crackle Over a Color Base
For this class you’ll need to set up a simple encaustic studio in your space. You can watch our studio setup video anytime. The other materials you’ll need for this class include:
- Several boards coated with at least 3 layers of wax
- A propane or butane torch (creme brulee torch works fine)
- Liquid shellac from a hardware store
- Denatured alcohol from a hardware store
- A few new natural bristle brushes
- Dry pigments or oil paints
- One or more glass jars with tight fitting lids
- One color of Pearl Ex powder (optional)
You will receive a more detailed list with resource links after you sign up for the class.