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Giveaway: Personalized House Painting or Map Painting (closed)

House and Map

I’m very excited, after a very long break, to once again host a giveaway of my own items! With the holiday season quickly approaching I decided it was a great time to highlight two items that could make great, personalized gifts this season.

In my Etsy shop I have a wide range of items, but some of my favorite things I create are the personalized letters and silhouette encaustic paintings. I love giving people the opportunity to take something, and make it their own, turn it into the perfect fit for a gift to a loved one, or even yourself.

Both the personalized house and map mixed media pieces are a great way to give a gift that someone will appreciate and treasure, because it has that personal touch. I was so excited when these turned out just the way I imagined, and couldn’t wait to put them up on Etsy. However, the one downside is the amount of time needed in order to create and ship each piece. I require at least 2 weeks to make your piece, from start to finish, and ship it. It may take 3 days to a week to arrive once it has been shipped (shipping times may vary). With the holidays rapidly appearing on the horizon, I hope these pieces will still be a gift option in the coming weeks.

House Painting detailThe house encaustic, mixed media painting was a piece I did a few months ago, of the duplex apartment I lived in when I first moved to Atlanta. I loved the early 1900’s house, and all the charm it brought, and felt the feel of the house was capture in the encaustic painting, collage. I have plans to re-create each house I live in as my husband and I expand our living quarters, our family, and experience new places. I can visualize a grid pattern on our wall of all our beloved homes.

I love this concept because a home is incredibly important. A home is so much more than a roof over your head, it’s love, comfort, and memories.  I hope everyone has a home they fondly remember, the home they grew up in, Grandma’s house they used to visit, or the house they bought as newlyweds and had their first child in.

To create your own home painting all you have to do is send me a picture of the home you wish to memorialize in your encaustic collage.  I will take your picture, turn it into a silhouette, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized home is one option for this giveaway!

Map Painting DetailAnother option for this giveaway is a personalized map encaustic collage. As a University of Georgia graduate, and resident of Athens, GA for 5 wonderful years, re-creating a map of Athens was an easy choice. I love the pattern the intersecting roads create. This is a more abstract option, yet just as personalized and important as the house paintings.

I love the cities I have had the opportunity to live in. Each place has it’s own unique characteristics and charm. I loved the familiarity and safety of Roswell, the cool, artsy feel of Athens, and the small town, yet big city feel of Atlanta. The city you live in is almost as important as your home. It’s where you make your friends, begin laying down roots, and create new experiences.

To create your own map piece all you have to do is send me the city and state of the map you would like recreated and I will take it from there! I will research a suitable map, simplify it in photoshop, transfer it on top of my encaustic wax and pattern paper, and add details back with oil paint. After it has dried it will be wrapped up and sent off to you.

A 6″x6″ personalized map is another option for this giveaway!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is visit my Etsy shop here and like my shop! Comment below with the name you liked my shop under and tell me which item you want to win. For a second entry like your favorite item and comment below with a link to the item you liked. For a third entry share this post on facebook or twitter, comment below with a link to your share! To ensure you are entered 3 separate times, make sure you comment three separate times!

Next Tuesday, 11/26/13 I will randomly selected one winner using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”. The winner will be notified via e-mail, and will have the opportunity to select which encaustic mixed media piece they would like created. If the winner does not respond in 24 hours a new winner will be selected.

mixed media encaustic

Remember, the holiday season is almost upon us! Help support local and handmade and check out your local artisans or Etsy shops for a variety of handmade. If you love one of my pieces make sure you allow 2 weeks for a personalized piece to be made and 1 week for shipping. To ensure delivery by Christmas order everything 2 weeks before Christmas day.

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Mixed Media Art: Encaustic Water Tower

Mixed Media Art- Encaustic Water Tower


This is the second piece mixed media art I want to share with you from my new series, mixed media objects. This one is made using similar methods as my chair painting (click here to see it).

I collage patterned paper to create a base and switch between melting layers of wax and cut outs to create a sense of depth. To top it off I painted a water tower, using oil paint.

This is another addition to my “mundane object” series. Water towers have always been intriguing to me with their round, cylindrical shapes dotting the horizon, intermixed with tree tops.

I love how they can become a town landmark, or transform into golf balls, peaches, and a variety of odd shapes. However, my favorite are the old, abandoned, rusted through towers. The once beacons of forgotten towns and abandoned warehouses.

This piece reminds me of an afternoon walking through the abandoned warehouse across from my apartment complex in college. Nick, my roommate Theresa, and I spent the day walking through falling in rooms, photographing broken windows, and graffiti. It began as a plan to fulfill my photography class homework assignment, and ended as a mini adventure. One of my favorite photographs from that day is the old water tower, paired with a large oak. Both co existing, somewhat forgotten, yet still standing tall and proud.

If you would like to participate in my new series share a memory, thought, or a simple word association with this piece or water towers in general. I would love to include your comments in my next piece! Thanks for your help and your support!


Mixed Media: Trapped

This mixed media piece was made to go with my other mixed media piece, “Caged“. They are meant to hang next to each other, and reference the upper and lower parts of a whole body. While they create one body, by hanging them next to each other it appears as though the body is split. Although they were conceived as one piece, I consider them to be separate.

I really love how both of these pieces turned out, and it has inspired plans for a whole new series of artwork similar to these. My only reservation is the fact that so many people refer to them as dark, depressing, even creepy. I received one comment that it didn’t seem to fit me, because I appear to be a happy person, and it seemed like I was creating dark artwork because I some how thought to be taken seriously I had to create something dark. I was slightly offended by this at first, of course I am not creating artwork to try to fit in to whatever “art” is supposed to be. However, I do see their point, it is a little off for my personality.

To explain it to the best of my ability I would have to say that in my work I represent a piece of myself, but at the same time I feel like I am projecting other people, my observations and impressions of them. This piece represents a person who is in a sense trapped. They are stuck in their bubble, their small town, where they go to school, maybe college, and never leave. It can be so easy to fall into that pattern, but I think it’s important to leave, at least for a little while, and see what else the world has to offer. You need to learn about other people, different types of people, places, and things. This painting shows a person stuck in a small cage, with all of these interesting things right outside, just waiting to be discovered, and as time goes by, slowly fading away.

I created the mixed media painting, “Trapped”, the same way I created “Caged”. I used oil paint, modeling impasto wax, image transfers, and fabric. The base is made from plywood, built to imitate the look of a canvas. If you decide to use encaustic, or wax, in a work of art make sure you use a solid base, if it flexes it will cause the wax to crack.






I start by drawing out the image. I then heat the modeling impasto in a pan on a griddle. I then drip the hot wax on the panel, where I want wax to be. If the wax runs into areas I only want paint, I use a credit card to scrape it off. I then use a heat gun to re-melt and spread out the wax to an even layer. Once I have a good layer of wax I paint on top with oil paint, then use the heat gun to fuse the paint and wax. I alternate layers of wax and paint until I am happy with the look. In traditional encaustic the wax is dyed with pigment, then layered and fused.

Once I complete the background I added the cage and legs with oil paint. I typically use linseed oil and glazing mediums in my paint to thin it out and add a sheen to it. I then added the image transfers by placing laser printed images upside down on recently fused wax, burnishing the back with scissor handles, then rubbing the paper off using a damp sponge and my fingers. I then heated the wax around it to fuse it. The fabric was the last step, and I used a hot glue gun to attach it. To read more about the process visit the post about the mixed media “Caged” painting.

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Mixed Media Art: Alcoholic Haze

This is my most recent work of art, which has been a few years in the making. After I began experimenting with using fabric in my paintings, I thought it would be interesting to take it a step further and use non fabric material to create a dress. After thinking about what I could use it dawned upon me that bottle caps would create an interesting texture and design.

I liked the idea of exploring the concept, “you are what you eat”. Living in Athens for five years I often saw people in not so great states of mind. In between downtown Athens, football games, frat parties, and college life in general, it’s not difficult to find someone falling over themselves walking down the street. They might as well be wearing a big sign saying they were drinking that night. You can often tell what is going on inside of a person based on their exterior emotions and actions, similar to knowing their taste based on what they wear. So why not wear what you eat, drink, feel?

Once I had my concept ready I started collecting bottle caps from friends, family, and local restaurants. After three or four years collecting and procrastinating I finally sat down and got to work. Luckily I have a very handy husband who constructed three canvas like wood panels, each 24″x48″. I knew if I attempted to put the combined weight of all the bottle caps on something as flexible as canvas it wouldn’t work too  well, and the wood panels were a perfect alternative. I painted a gesso base on the panels, then began sketching.

After I had everything measured, which was very important for this since I had to construct a bar and needed it to remain uniform across three panels, I painted a layer of oil paint on the top section for the background. After I layered paint I melted modeling impasto, using a griddle and pan, dripped it over the paint, then spread it out using a heat gun. I added another layer of paint, and fused it using the heat gun. I continued this process until I was satisfied with the look and texture.

Once I completed the background I added image transfers of the lights, glasses, and bottles. I used images printed from a laser printer, heated the area I wanted them on, let it cool slightly, placed the image face down, burnished the back, then rubbed the paper off using water. To read more about this process visit the Mixed Media Art: Caged post.

After the background I moved onto the girl. I painted her using oil paint, and I focused on trying to make her look somewhat sad, a little haggard, looking directly at the viewer. I wanted this look because I doubt I have ever seen someone falling over themselves after drinking and still looking happy and put together.

After painting the girl I began putting together the bar. I wanted it to be three dimensional, so I built up sections of mat board. I drew the bar out first, and figured out how to layer each section, what needed to be the lowest and highest point. This was critical before I started to help me save on supplies from mistakes. I used hot glue to attach the layers of mat board, then painted it brown with oil paint.

I knew I needed a base to attach the bottle caps to, so I decided to use my traditional technique of hot gluing fabric, creating a lot of texture using folds. I attached the bottle caps to the fabric by bending the bottle caps around the folds and filling the back of the bottle cap with hot glue.

Alcoholic Haze Detail 4I wanted the bodice to stand out from the bottom of the dress, so I decided to create a fish scale look by cutting the bottle caps and overlapping them. I was actually able to cut the bottle caps with scissors, but wire cutters would work best. I cut the caps in half and in quarters, and hot glued the tips of the caps to the fabric.

I was very happy with the outcome of this mixed media painting, and am excited about exploring the concept of essentially wearing your insides. I already have plans for another bottle cap based painting, and have ideas for other pieces… coffee filters popped in my head the other day…

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Mixed Media Painting: Caged

          This is a painting I recently finished using oil paint, modeling impasto wax, image transfers, and fabric. If you are interested in learning how to make a mixed media work of art I would start with the materials you are most comfortable with and slowly add new materials from there. Mixed media is a form of art that uses 2 or more different material in a single work of art. The materials can range from paint and pencil to found objects, wood, glass, etc. Mixed media art can be tricky, because it involves combining materials, and one material can easily overtake another or the image as a whole. My best advice is to start with a basic concept, and have fun, don’t try to make it look exactly like the image in your head. As you practice you will get better, and it will get easier to turn your ideas into works of art!

          If you have never used encaustic materials or wax before you can search youtube for tutorials, that is how I got started in the process. I don’t use the typical encaustic techniques in my artwork, I am really looking for the texture and marble look for my backgrounds rather than creating an entire image using wax. If you are using wax in your image you cannot use it on a canvas. Whenever the canvas flexes the wax will crack and there is a chance the heat gun will burn the canvas. I use plywood as my base, if you buy wood at home depot they will cut it for you. I have my wonderful husband add sides to it so it looks like a canvas.


          To start I paint a layer of oil paint on the background for a base. I then shave off pieces of the modeling impasto wax and melt it using a hot plate and old cake pan (make sure you keep the heat under 250 degrees to prevent burning and toxic fumes, always do encaustic in well ventilated areas). I use the impasto wax because it isn’t colored and it is the cheapest form of encaustic wax you can buy. It is typically used as a way to build up wax, but I use it to create a base to paint on. Once the wax is melted I drip it in the areas I want wax. Next, I use the heat gun to spread the wax out to an even layer. I then add another layer of oil paint, and use the heat gun to fuse the oil paint and wax. When the two layers are fused the oil paint should no longer be wet.

          After I was satisfied with the background I began painting in the cage and hands. If the wax melted into sections I didn’t want it, I used an old credit card to scrape it off. I used oil paint to paint the image, make sure you use highlights and shadows to make your image look three dimensional. If you are new to oil paint I typically use odorless mineral spirits, whatever oil paint is on sale (typically Winsor and Newton and Gamblin), quick drying linseed oil, and quick drying glaze medium. My favorite oil paint colors are Naples yellow, pthalo blue, pthalo green, paynes gray, and titanium white.

          To create the power lines I used a ruler and carved lines into the wax with a paperclip. Once I had a clean, straight line I rubbed oil paint into the line to make it stand out. Once you have the line carved be careful not to melt it closed if you use the heat gun again. I then added image transfers of the birds on the line and the power line posts. To do this you have to have an image printed on a laser printer or copied on a copier. I used images printed from a laser printer, I cut them out, used the heat gun to slightly heat the area I wanted to transfer the image to. After the area cooled, I placed the image face down, and burnished the back using scissor handles. I let it sit for a minute, then rubbed the paper off by wetting it and rubbing my fingers on the back. The end result should be the ink from the image sticks to the wax and all of the paper comes off. I use the heat gun again at the end to fuse the image and remove any leftover paper pieces. There is a great tutorial on youtube about this process click here. If you watch this tutorial you will need to watch tutorial #1, #2, and #3 to see the entire process.

After the background, painting, and image transfers were complete I attached fabric using a hot glue gun. After I am completely finished I always sign my paintings in the bottom right corner, in a color that won’t stand out too much. I hope you were able to get some tips on encaustic and using multiple media in one work of art! I will post more of my paintings and processes in the future! Thanks for visiting!