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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Crafted Westside Holiday Pop Up Shop

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With three arts and crafts festivals, a donation to a benefit, my artwork at Crafted Westside full time, and my actual full time job, teaching, I decided I didn’t have enough to do in the month of November. To help alleviate my boredom, and I think in a moment of madness on my part, I decided to jump on board with a pop up shop through Crafted Westside at the adorable Westside Provisions, next to J. Crew and behind Yeah! Burger.

The pop up shop will run this Friday, November 21st, through December 24th. It is an amazing opportunity to check out the talented artists at Crafted Westside, at a new location. Despite having moments of feeling overwhelmed, I am excited to be a part of the venture with Crafted. It will help the artists and store gain exposure, and provide yet another space for holiday shopping.

At the shop I will have items available both at the pop up shop and Crafted, as well as a few new additions only available at the pop up. Check out my pottery below, and don’t forget to check out the shop, located at 1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Joe Mugs1 212x1024 Crafted Westside Holiday Pop Up ShopMy “joe” mugs will be at the pop up shop as well as Crafted Westside. At the pop up shop I will have them in blue and green, check out Crafted for a wider variety of glaze colors.

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My flower mugs will also be available at both Crafted and the pop up shop. A wider variety of color options are available at both!

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I am finally trying my hand at slip casting, and my first completed pieces are these wheel thrown bowls, decorated with slip cast pieces. Leaves, flowers, parts of squids, and jellyfish decorate the rims of these bright colored bowls

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In addition to my pottery, I will also have my matted letter prints available at both Crafted and the pop up. At only $15.00 each, they are an easy, personalized gift to grab.

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Art and Craft Fair: St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace

logo marketplace Art and Craft Fair: St. Pius X Holiday MarketplaceIt has been one busy month! I have yet another art and craft festival to share about. This is the third I have been involved in this month, and not quite the last one. I have enjoyed every minute of the arts and crafts festivals I have participated in. It has given me a taste of what it is like to be a working artist. And, I must say, I am liking it.

This Saturday, 11/22/14, is the St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace. This is another huge festival, the perfect place to get a head start on your holiday shopping. This is the 21st annual Holiday Marketplace, and with over 160 vendors, a raffle, and bake sale, this is an Atlanta event you have to check out. It costs just $3.00 to get in the door to check out all the amazing booths. The $3.00 also provides a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win a handmade item from one of the 160 items donated to the raffle, and all proceeds go towards the St. Pius X scholarship fund.

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My dove silhouette encaustic is one of the many items you could win in the raffle.

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I can’t wait to start setting up this Friday, and I have a wide variety of items and prices to offer. My display has held up well through all of the events this month, and I am looking forward to putting it to good use once again.

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growth of a tree Art and Craft Fair: St. Pius X Holiday MarketplaceI will have a variety of sizes available of my mixed media encaustic works of art. They range in size from 24″x 24″ to 6″x 6″. Prices range from $650.00-$25.00.

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I have just completed another set of my three mixed media birch tree encaustics. They look beautiful hanging next to each other, with the background moving from dark to light, or sold separately. They each measure 12″x 12″ and are available for $100.00 each.

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I will also have my encaustic letters as well as matted letter prints. These are easy to grab and give as personalized gifts to a friend or family member. The encaustic letters measure 6″x 6″ and are $25.00 each. The prints are 6″x 6″ and are matted in white 8″x 10″ or 8″ x 8″ mats, and are only $10.00 each.

Come check out the 21st St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace! Get additional information and directions here.

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Fused Glass Plates: Backyard Chicken Decor

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I very rarely make art for myself. Typically, I will put together pieces for gifts, commissions, or they are immediately added to my Etsy shops after their creation. When I began dabbling in the world of fused glass, it was no different. Everything I make goes straight to Crafted Westside, or my Sweet Celadon store. One day, while developing a fused glass lesson for my 3D II class, I decided it was time to be selfish. I was going to make a set of chicken plates all for me.

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While touring the annual Stacks Artist and Loft tour in Cabbagetown, Atlanta, GA, I discovered a stained and fused glass artist, Susan McCracken. She had amazing fused glass plates of fish, foxes, and other animal assortments. You could see thin lines where she pieced the background around the forms, to create a two layer fused piece. Immediately, the wheels began turning in my head, and I decided to make a lesson out of it.

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I began experimenting with the process of cutting the background around the object, by making a rooster plate. It was inspired by my then rooster, Richard Parker, a Rhode Island Red. He has since found a new home, with a lot more land and hens. If you look closely, you can see the thin lines that mark the cut lines.

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After success with my rooster plate, I decided to make a plate for each of my chickens. It was a great way to hone my glass fusing skills and decorate my home. After completing Richard Parker, I took on Amy. I bought a sheet of glass with a mix of oranges and yellows, to match her Buff Orpington colors as close as possible.

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After Amy was complete, I began on Thackary Binks, my Barred Rock. I love her black and white patterning, and I found the perfect glass pattern to mimic it. This plate is my favorite out of the set. I love the movement of the chicken bending over, the pattern turned out just right, and she has so much character (in real life and in the plate).

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I waited as long as possible to take on Wendall, my Ameraucana. She has the most complicated patterning out of all three chickens, and it took a bit of planning before I could get started. I carefully cut small black triangles, for her black neck, tail, and wing feathers, and intermixed them with orange and the mottled orange glass. While I struggled to piece everything together, I was happy with the end result. I think she looks the least chicken-like of all three plates, but this is my Mom’s favorite of the set, which makes me feel better about the end result.

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The Wendall plate has the most obvious cut lines showing.

So far, I have taught the glass fusing and piecing lesson two times. Both times the students have been very pleased with the end result. They have created a range of designs from elephants, to sailboats, to under the sea scenes. My students love the glass fusing process, and I hope to continue to include it in my lesson plans in the future. Check out my glass fusing set up and lesson plan here.

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Arts and Craft Fair: Whimsical Wares in Marietta, GA

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It is time for art and craft fair number two, at the annual Whimsical Wares show in Marietta, GA. Over the summer, Debbie, one of the co-founders of the show, reached out to me about including me in their 18th Whimsical Ware show. I loved her enthusiasm, the setup sounded easy, and a portion of the sales is donated to CURE Childhood Cancer. How could I say no.

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I quickly decided I would commit to the show, and began putting together a variety of fused glass and encaustic pieces to display. Despite being sandwiched between two shows I was already committed to, I decided I could make this fit into my schedule as well. One of the main reasons I was able to commit, was because of the low commitment required of the artists. I am excited to attend the artist meet and greet on Thursday 11/14/14, from 6-9, but am glad Debbie, Helaine, and other volunteers are taking care of the rest.

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This past Sunday, I set up my items, and headed home. The show opens today 11/12/14 (from 9-5) and runs through Sunday 11/16/14. I am not required to be present for any part of it, and in return, they get a percentage of all sales. It gave me time to prep for my next show, at St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace on 11/22/14, and regain some energy after a very busy beginning of the month. Last weekend was spent at the Marist Holiday Traditions festival, which was a huge success. However, I am in need of a weekend at home, and am thrilled I can participate in another event, while being able to do that.

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I have a wide variety of items, and prices, at the Whimsical Wares festival. I have fused glass plates, bowls, and slumped bottles that range in price from $8.00-$48.00. I also have mixed media, encaustic paintings that range in price from $50.00-$650.00. One of the newer items have I begun offering are matted prints of my mixed media, encaustic letters, at only $15.00 each.

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I have enjoyed putting together all of my fused glass pieces. I have nest designs on bright colored backgrounds, birch tree plates, and geometric designs. I am also in love with the slumped, antique coke bottles, which are perfect for spoon rests.

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My 6″x6″ encaustic paintings were one of the most popular items at the Marist Holiday Traditions show. I love seeing people connect with the different imagery, tying a memory or special moment to the various objects.

IMG 1791 1024x594 Arts and Craft Fair: Whimsical Wares in Marietta, GAMy backyard chickens are an endless source of inspiration for my artwork, and I can’t seem to keep my chicken paintings in stock. These are the latest chicken themed paintings I have completed. Real chicken feathers are encased in layers of wax, with oil painted chickens on top. These both measure 12″x12″.

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The Whimsical Wares show is currently open in an adorable retail space at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Paper Mill Road, in Marietta, GA. Check it out, take care of some holiday shopping, and help CURE Childhood Cancer buy making a purchase.

Thanks for taking the time to read about all of my November festivals. Help me spread the word about my blog by sharing with others. I couldn’t do it without you. Don’t forget to check out my latest giveaway it ends Thursday, 11/13/14 at midnight. Thanks for stopping by!


 

 

 

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