Archive for April, 2011

At last: new videos!

April 30, 2011

Finally I had a chance to have some more instructions filmed and edited!
Here is a YouTube video of how to paint those tulips in a vase. You might want to watch it full screen to better read the annotations.

Try it! I’d love to see your version of flowers in a vase.

In the next post I’ll share how to use rubber stamps with the iron.


More Basics: Flowers this time

April 27, 2011

After a rather busy weekend I was back in the studio today to re-visit some old instruction sheets. This time I found the write-up for my workshop Flowers.

Here are some of the images I did today. Mostly with the iron, with a bit of help from the stylus.

Dancing Pansies

Magnolia Study

Fantasy Flowers


Tulips in a Vase

More flowers in vases

I recently got a request for the tutorial on how to paint these flowers in a vase. Promised it LONG ago, but hope hubby has time tomorrow to shoot it while I paint. Another thing on my list is demoing working with stamps.
Don’t hold your breath, though….;-))

But I did paint the six images I promised for the last folks who had commented on the first post about the Basics. They will be in the mail tomorrow.

Day 2 of “Back to the Basics”

April 17, 2011

Hmmm, I was perhaps a bit quick to promise everyone who commented on the former post a painting….! As you can see below I got A LOT of comments and have been painting this afternoon to provide everyone with an image.

Of course, as we all know, second time round is always much more tricky, but I hope I came up with something suitable for each one of you.
I got several requests for a specific scene, which made it easier AND harder, if you know what I mean…;-))))

Caryle liked the snow:

Image 1

Snow scene for Caryle

Paula mentioned lotus flowers. I hope this is OK for her:

Image 2

Lotus flowers for Paula

These mountains are for Diane. They have some gold powder rubbed on to show the texture:

Image 3

Mountains for Diane

Heather’s daisies apparently were caught in a storm….

Image 4

Daisies for Heather

Image 5

How about an Okanagan scene for Jenny?

Image 6

And a sunset scene for Nina (the sky is very ORANGE in real life)

Image 7

These trees will go to Mary; lots of gold in this painting!

Image 8

Jan liked the simple flowers. Im sending it to Oliver, not to the States, OK?!

And the last one is for my dear friend Linda, who is a whiz in painting with just the 3 primary colours, so that is what I tried in this image as well:

Image 9

For Linda: blue, yellow and red

All images are the same size, 4×6″. The uprights just appear to be larger here on the blog.
I’ve got all of your addresses and now will think of a way to send the images safely to you. Might have to cut special cardstock sleeves for them…
It’s been great fun; thanks for your participation!

Back to the Basics!

April 16, 2011

It’s been ages since I just worked with the iron, painting little landscapes, flowers, trees, candles etc. on 4×6″ cards. Mainly because I haven’t been teaching any basic classes for a LONG time. The last one was in May last year!
So I decided today that I would go back to the basics. I found a calendar from my old German friend Uschi Koch with 12 simple images and have tried to copy each of them. Now copying is not so easy! First you have to figure out the technique, then try to make it work, so I thought it would be good practice, instead of pottering along, doing my own thing…;-)

It was great fun; this is what I came up with:

Image 1

Sky/landscape with iron, dabbing with darker blue in foreground. Trees/buildings with stylus.

Image 2

Basic iron landscape in darker colours

Image 3

Basic landscape with pink skyline. Tree with iron, foliage with orange sponge. Little flowers with stylus.

Image 4

Simple flowers with stylus.

Image 5

Iron shapes with base/side of iron

Image 6

Basic landscape in light colours, grass stems with iron, featherheads with stylus without extra wax.

Image 7

Bulrushes with iron/stylus.

Image 8

Basic coating, stems with iron, flower heads with scrapy/stylus for yellow heart.

Image 9

Several passes with iron to make sky streaky. Path with scrapy on upturned iron. Some stylus details.

Image 10

Abstract shapes on coated card, with heat-resistant sponges.

Image 11

Leaf stencil shapes on coated card. Brush on gold powder, details with stylus.

Image 12

Multi-coloured coating. Candle shapes + flames with iron. Some dabbing with darker wax.

These really make me want to get back into teaching basic classes! The excitement of students coming up with their own images, exploring the many possibilities of the simple iron tool…
I’m going to play some more tomorrow!

If you leave me a comment here I promise to paint a little landscape just for you and send it to you in the mail!

P.S. I now realize that I should have mentioned a deadline to reply for sending people a little artwork…otherwise I could be painting for years to come…;-)
So I will close the “blog-candy” give-away now and everyone up until Kay will get something.

Water-soluble wax paints

April 15, 2011

A contradictio in terminis?! It sounds like it, but this “new” medium isn’t as far off as you’d think.

A chemical study of the paint media used in Roman paintings has allowed the development of a new painting technique, with outstanding characteristics, based on water-soluble beeswax. The basic components of the water-soluble encaustic (Punic wax) have been identified in Pompeian wall paintings and in Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits.

Water soluble wax paints

Cuni paints

Encaustic Cuni comes in 7 colours and can be applied  as a glaze, diluted with water and in full strength as impasto, allowing for lots of texture. I had an opportunity to test the paints and did a little landscape on canvas, using mostly glazes, and a small project on a wooden butterfly, with a palette knife to apply the paint in a thicker fashion.

Water soluble wax paints

Cuni waxes on small canvas

Wooden butterfly + normal gesso

Wooden butterfly + normal gesso

Painted with glazes and impasto method

Painted with glazes and impasto method

After applying with a palette knife I did heat the wax with a heat gun to force-dry the paint. The wax retained the texture much better than the normal wax paints, but did stay tacky for at least a week. I did scratch some lines into the dark blue glaze while still wet, to reveal other colours underneath, which had soaked into the gesso. Really like this effect!

The Cuni paints will be available at the Fifth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Mass.,¬† and I’m sure they will cause a stir through the encaustic community!

A Sunday Outing

April 4, 2011

Yesterday I took my own advice from my April Newsletter and went on a little spring outing along the Naramata Bench. First my hubby Peter and I visited the well-known Red Rooster Winery to check out Gillian Tucker’s exhibit of her oil paintings (sorry, Jill, I said in my newsletter they were acrylics!).
The paintings looked spectacular in the upstairs space. You have to go and take a look! Here’s a little taste:

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Of course we bought a couple of bottles from Red Rooster too. The girl at the desk was so funny! Peter challenged her if she knew all the prices from the top of her head and she took him up on it; winning, of course…so no discount on the purchase…;-))

Then we took a nice walk along a part of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, with spectacular views of Lake Okanagan. We also saw this little fellow, a Hoary Marmot, who tried to scare us away with loud screeches:

Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot at KVR Trail