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Carving Encaustic: Negative Space Birch Trees

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For the past six months I have been experimenting with encaustic medium. After spending the last three years using encaustic as a medium to collage and layer with, I have decided it is time to take it a step further. My 3D and 2D interests were brought together when I began carving into the top layer of wax to create objects, and expose the collaged layers below.

The Chair_PanettaIt all started with my Hitchcock chair encaustic, read more about it here. I originally planned to “paint” the chair form with yellow encaustic, but when I realized I didn’t have enough control over the melting of the material to get the small details, I opted to carve it instead. I fell in love with the process and the look.

The antlers and cow skull followed the chair, and now, my latest and largest piece, is my birch tree encaustic.

I layered paper on the wood panel, planning out where each birch tree would be placed. I intentionally put neutral colored paper in the background, and blocked out the birch tree forms with a silver pattern paper. To break up the colors, I opted for the largest birch tree form to have a different pattern and color combination, with golds, bronzes, browns, and tans.

Once the paper layers were complete, I painted and fused multiple layers of encaustic medium until I had a smooth surface. Next, I painted and fused neutral white encaustic in the center of the piece. Once the layers were set, I took a knife and began the carving process.

I love the play between the positive and negative space. I look forward to continuing to explore this new process in the future with new pieces large and small. Be on the lookout for better pictures once I have it hanging in my house!

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Encaustic Art: Exploring Mixed Media and Carving Wax

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For the past three years I have dabbled in the world of encaustic art. I began incorporating it into sections of my mixed media paintings, and slowly it became my primary medium. I have learned so much in the last three years, how to achieve smooth surfaces, how to manipulate the layers, and most recently, how to incorporate carving into my designs.

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As I began working with encaustic, I primarily focused on black and white paintings of singular objects on top of collaged layers and encaustic medium. A water tower from my years living in Athens, ginkgo leaves from the tree at my Atlanta home, and images of chickens, among many other things, began finding their way into my works of art. I realized each of these objects represented a different piece of my past and present. They were self-portraits through objects, small snippets of the memories that make me up.

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As I began exploring the concept of self-portraits and representing memories further, I realized specific objects would immediately come to mind as I reminisced on certain events and moments in my past. Likewise, when I saw certain objects, memories would begin flooding back. These fleeting images in my mind became the basis for my newest works of art, objects carved out of colored wax, revealing the collaged layers in the background.

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The lines and shapes of the objects are mimicked in the background, making them feel like one. The carving out of the objects, creating a negative space, represents the fleeting images that come to mind as memories are processed. I want the objects to almost feel temporary as the viewer looks at them.

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Perhaps my favorite part of my recent artistic journey, is hearing how my images have also brought memories back to the viewers who see them. As they take in the lines, shapes, and colors, they tell me how their grandfather used to have a camera like that, or how they used to live on a farm. Their stories intertwine with my own, and continue to inspire these encaustic works of art.

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Craft Fair: 2014 Marist Holiday Traditions

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For the past two years I have lightly dabbled in the world of art and craft fairs. It was easy to get involved in the beginning, my school offered an annual Artist Market, and all of the set up was provided. After experiencing success, I decided to keep an eye out for other, indoor festivals. I wasn’t quite ready for the investment of the display and tent for an outdoor festival, but felt ready to step outside of the comfort zone of my school and explore other possibilities.

Nick helped build a beautiful display for my first festival in Athens. I had moderate success, and continued to pursue other opportunities. Since the beginning of my festival quest, I have heard about the Marist Holiday Traditions. I have heard rumors about the crowds, the eager buyers of all things handmade, and the huge size of it.

Last year, while participating in Wesleyan’s Artist Market, another vendor raved over my items and urged me to apply to Holiday Traditions. It was just the confidence boost I needed, and I submitted my application. In addition to the Marist art show, I also submitted applications to St. Pius X Marketplace, and the Marietta Whimsical Wares.

I was thrilled when I found out I was accepted to all three, then overwhelmed when I realized they were three weekends in a row. I quickly set aside my fears, and got to work. I have spent the last couple of months pumping out work, and can’t wait to put it on display. I will have some pieces from last year as well as a number of new additions. I plan to post pictures of my latest work throughout this week.

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I will have matted, letter prints for just $10.00 each. This is a personalize and cost friendly gift option. These prints are made from my mixed media encaustic letter paintings, which will be available for $25.00 each. Combine letters to spell a word, to represent each member of a family, or create a monogram.

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I will also have my 6″x6″ encaustic paintings. I have added 17 new pieces. Each one is layered with collage paper, an image transfer, and oil paint. I love seeing the connection people have with each painting. A jukebox may spark a childhood memory in one person, while another remembers being rocked to sleep looking at the rocking chair silhouette. Each painting is meant to spark feelings of nostalgia, little snapshots of objects tied to our memory. These will be available for just $35.00 each, a very affordable price for a one of a kind gift.

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I have also continue to experiment with larger “object” encaustics. I select an object I feel connected to, and turn it into an encuastic collage. I layer paper, encaustic wax, and oil paint. Once I have my layers set, I lightly sketch the object into the wax, then carve it out, revealing the layers in the background. I love the simplicity of the shapes, with the complexity of the background filling the negative space. Similar to my 6″x6″ paintings, these also focus on the how we tie memories to objects.

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This mixed media piece will be available at the raffle! I hope it finds its way to a good home.

MARIST HOLIDAY TRADITIONS:

  • 400 volunteers
  • 240 vendors
  • Raffle of hundreds of items
  • Multiple buildings
  • Bake sale
  • Cooked Goose Cafe
  • 1 day: 11/8/14
  • 9am-4pm
  • $3.00 admission fee

Marist claims to be one of the largest juried art and crafts shows in the Southeast, and based on the information I have received so far, I believe it. If you live in the Atlanta or Georgia area, come check out the Marist Holiday Traditions. It is the perfect season for shopping, and the perfect place to buy a unique, handmade item for gifts. Address is below, I hope to see you there! Remember, perfection is overrated, buy handmade.

3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319.

From I-285 East OR West, take exit # 29 onto Ashford Dunwoody Road. Head South towards Atlanta, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From I-85 take I-285 West to exit # 29. Turn left onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From I-75 take I-285 East to exit # 29. Turn right onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, away from Perimeter Mall. Marist is located approximately 1.0 mile inside I-285 on the right hand side.

From Buckhead take Peachtree Road North. Turn left onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road, go approximately 0.9 miles. Bear left at 1st light, right at 2nd light, stay on Ashford Dunwoody Road, go approximately 0.8 miles. The entrance to Marist School will be on the left at the stop light.

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Encaustic Alphabet Painting: 6″x6″ ABC’s

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Over the last year I have been dabbling in creating encaustic letter collages. I love the idea of people hanging their initials, family members and pets included of course, in their homes. It is an easy way to hang a personalized work of art.

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After I began making my letters I decided to start with the most common, a’s, b’s, c’s, s’s, and t’s. I tried to predict what letters would most commonly be sold. What I quickly realized is I can’t predict the name of the buyers who visit my shop. I finally gave in, and put in a large order of wood panels.

I decided it was finally time to create a complete alphabet. After I got started I realized how much space these small 6″x6″ panels took up. The best way to store them for purchase was to hang them on my wall. I was instantly in love. It was a fun, artsy, and educational addition to my office/studio space.

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I have decided that every time a letter sells I will replace it. It will be a great way to encourage me to create different styles of letters without the risk of creating too many and not selling them. Before they sell I scan each completed work of art into my computer and make prints of them. This has given me an opportunity to sell my letter paintings for cheaper, and to keep a log of past styles and letters.

Check out my new custom alphabet listing here and my individual letters here. Thanks for checking out my shop and blog! Help me spread the word by sharing with others, I couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for stopping by!

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Craft Fair: 16th Annual Wesleyan Artist Market

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It’s the week I have been preparing for, for the last few months, it is Artist Market week!

I’m so lucky to work at a school that offers opportunities to promote my artwork, like the Wesleyan Artist Market. Last year I felt very accomplished as I packed up my booth, a good 30 pieces shy of what I came in with. I hope to be just as successful as I was last year, and since then I have added a lot to my inventory.

Here is a sneak peak of what I will be offering this year. Prices range from $5.00-$750.oo, offering a lot of options for all size and depths of wallets. With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, and Father’s Day in the not too distant future, this market is a great opportunity to pick up gifts and plan ahead. Support local and handmade and come visit!

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Last year my biggest seller were my encaustic letter paintings. A collage of pattern paper, a layer of encaustic wax, and an oil painted letter come together to create these personalized works of art. Unfortunately, due to time constraints I was limited on how many letters I was able to bring in. On the first night all my vowels sold, which meant I could no longer display cleverly spelled out words.

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This year I started letter painting in advanced, and have the entire alphabet created. In addition, I have also scanned every single letter I made, and had high quality prints made. The prints are the same size as the original, 6″x6″, and are matted in either 8″x10″ or 8″x8″. I hope these prints will help meet the demand for the letters. The $10.00 price per letter will also allow people to more easily buy a few, spell out words, or hang an initial for each member of their family. These prints will also make an appearance on my Etsy shop soon!

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In addition to the re-appearance of my letter paintings, I also have my 6″x6″ silhouette paintings, at $35.00 each. These were my second biggest sellers, and I hope the range of images I have picked will appeal to the crowd once again. I love to focus on old and vintage in these pieces. The encaustic wax inherently creates a hazy, dreamlike surface to my paintings, and the vintage items pair well with the wax.

Antique Photo Collages

A new item I am offering this year are my re-purposed antique photographs. While at an estate sale I discovered an entire table full of 1920’s photographs. Something about the antique cars and stiff looking portraits appealed to me, and I decided to use them as part of a new encaustic series.

To create these pieces I layer paper, the photograph, and add a thick layer of wax on top. The hazy wax blends the layers of photographs and paper together, creating a cohesive look. In the future I envision the original photographs hanging next to silhouette transfers of the originals, with bright colors popping behind them. It will be a comparison of old and new, breathing new life into old photos. Be on the look out for these in the future!

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I will also have larger encaustic paintings, a few from last year and a few new ones. The new encaustic pieces I am working on focus on sketching. Lines are carved into the wax, and filled with oil paint. These range in subject matter from chickens to chairs, and range in price from $250.00 to $450.00.

Birch Tree Encaustics

In addition to my sketch encaustics I also have antique silverware paintings, ginkgo leaf collages, and lots of birch trees!

Fused Glass

Like last year I will once again put out a handful of my fused glass pieces. I have my traditional geometric style as well as my new pieces, which incorporate my new obsession, glass paint. I have nest and birch tree themed plates and bowls using the paint to add the details. Whatever doesn’t sell this weekend will make its way to my Etsy shop, Sweet Celadon.

I hope to see a nice crowd this weekend, I hope you stop by! Thanks for checking out my blog, help me spread the word by sharing with others! Check out the line up of entertainment and food trucks at the Artist Market here.

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