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2017 Workshop Schedule at The Millworks

2017 Workshop Schedule at The Millworks. I’m excited to be offering new workshops for the first quarter of 2017!!! The first on will be January 28th in the Commons Room at The Millworks. Come enjoy a relaxing day learning my unique method of collage techniques and layering papers to create this coffee cup still life. There are still a few spaces available for this workshop!!!

The Coffee Cup Collage Workshop will be offered again on February 25th if you are unable to make the January class. I’ll also be offering a Spring Daisy Collage 1 Day Workshop on April 22nd. Both collage workshops are for beginner to intermediate creatives. Stay tuned on Millworksharrisburg.com for opening of registration on this event. Hope to see you there!!!


Date: January 28, 2017 at The Millworks

Time: 10am-5pm – With 1 hour free time for lunch at The Millworks, The Broad Street Market, or other area restaurants. Lunch not included with class price.

Cost: $60 plus $5 Supply Fee payable to instructor prior to class start

This workshop will focus on the basics of collage and a unique layering process. Using all types of decorative papers on 10” x 10” gallery wrapped canvas, create a still life cup and saucer on table top. $5 Supply Fee (payable to instructor prior to class) includes canvas, collage papers, gel medium, brushes and other tools needed to create your one of a kind piece of art. This is a class is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced creatives. Class size is limited to 16 people.

Please stop by at the front desk or call: 717.695.4888 to register or go to Millworksharrisburg.com for additional information.


Still Life Basic Oil Painting 2 Day Workshop will be March 25th and 26th from 10am-4pm at The Millworks in the Commons Room. This is a Beginner to Intermediate Oil Painting workshop. We will cover the basics of oil painting in a tiling technique that will take the stress and confusion out of beginner oil painting. Subject will be a simple Still Life Pear painted from a photograph. Workshop price is $100 plus supplies (students to purchase their own supplies). Supply list will be provided upon registration.

If you always wanted to learn oils, this is the perfect way to learn.  Class size is limited to 10 students. Stay tuned to millworksharrisburg.com for opening of registration.

And In Other News…

Classic Car Paintings by Elaine Brady Smith

Classic Car Paintings by Elaine Brady Smith

The Classic Car Paintings are back in the studio!!! After a month’s exhibit in the Millworks Artist Exhibit in our hallway, the cars have returned to Studio 104. I’ve also completed a 1962 Corvette that I am especially proud of!!! I’d be happy to show you these original oil painting in Studio 104.

WooCommerce Shop coming to elainebradysmith.com

I’ve been busy since before the holidays working on a NEW shop page for my website!!! Hopefully it will be up and running very soon! I’ll be offering Original Art, Fine Art Giclee Prints, Greeting Cards, and Home Deco Items. So stay tuned to elainebradysmith.com!!!


I’m so excited to have a new Display Wall in my studio at The Millworks! Thanks to Peter Cucchiara of Studio 216 for building this most excellent wall!!! It will provide me with the much needed workspace to for my Still Life Painting and more Display area.


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Encaustic Basics Part II

"Parlor" by Elaine Brady Smith, 8 x 10 encaustic collage on board. http://www.elainebradysmith.com Encaustic Basics Part II http://www.mixedmediaart.net

“Parlor” by Elaine Brady Smith, 8 x 10 encaustic collage on board.

My next article, Encaustic Basics Part II – Preparing Substrates, Fusing, and adding Color was published today on Creating Mixed Media Art. If you missed Part I of this series you can read it here. I’m so excited to share this information with new encaustic artists!

This series will show you how to gather tools, equipment, products, and begin encaustic painting in an easy and economical way. There is a lot of information out there and it is sometimes difficult to filter out what is useful to the beginner encaustic artist.

I will be writing about my favorite techniques for encaustic and mixed media art throughout the next several months. In the mean time here is a list of articles that will appear on Creating Mixed Media Art for 2014. If you have questions about your own encaustic painting, don’t hesitate to contact me via email: elainebradysmith@comcast.net or through my Facebook page: Elaine Brady Smith Art.

Mixed Media Art Article Writers Team

Sept 7 – Encaustic Basics Part III-Adding Collage and Embedding Objects

Oct 24 – Transparent Layers for Encaustic Collage

Nov 19 – Transfers for Encaustic Painting

Dec 3 – Encaustic on Paper-Holiday Greeting Cards

Dec 23 – Mini Encaustic Collages

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Encaustic Basics-FAQ’s

Encaustic Basics-FAQ's about Encaustic PaintingEncaustic Basics Part I-FAQ’s about Encaustic Painting is now posted on Mixed Media Art blog. I’d like to help take the mystery out of “getting started” with encaustic painting and show you how to gather tools and equipment in an easy and economical way in this 3 part series. Yes, there is a lot of information to relay, but I want you to be thoroughly informed so you will have fun with this exciting medium.

Coralline by Elaine Brady Smith-Encaustic Basics-FAQ's about Encaustic Painting http://www.mixedmediaart.net/mixed-media-materials/basic-encaustic-part-1-faqs-encaustic-painting

Coralline by Elaine Brady Smith, 11 x 11 encaustic collage on board.

In Part I of this series, I explain the basic equipment and tools needed and recommended products that I use in my encaustic art. I’d love to help with any questions you might have…so feel free to comment on my Facebook page Elaine Brady Smith Art.

And stay tuned for Parts II and III:

  1. August – Encaustic Basics-Part II-Preparing Substrates, Fusing Methods, Adding Color
  2. September – Encaustic Basics-Part III-Adding Collage and Embedding Objects

Thanks for your interest!!!

The Creative Process

Amber Kane The Unstandardized StandardI woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise! Amber Kane, educator, textile designer, entrepreneur, and stellar day dreamer featured an interview with me on her blog, The Unstandardized Standard!!!

I recently completed Amber’s online course on Creative Confidence, and she asked each of the students attending to complete the interview questions. I feel honored to be the first interview posted!!!

You can read my interview and link to Amber’s blog to learn more about The Unstanderdized Standard. I highly recommend this course for those who are feeling a bit lost creatively or just need to get more organized and focused…and well…that was me in a nutshell for 2013. But it’s a new year and thanks to Amber, I now have some great ideas to make 2014 a highly creative year!!! I have already begun to put these tools into practice and I am so excited about it!!!

I get the best creative ideas when I’m….

When I least expect them!!! They usually come to me when I am doing something else, which is not always convenient, especially if I am not in the studio. I also love browsing the internet for ideas, especially Pinterest. After taking Amber Kane’s online creativity course, The Unstandardized Standard, I have begun pinning more and more to my Pinterest boards. I love Pinterest, but it can be a real time soaker and I was feeling a bit guilty about spending so much time there, but in Amber’s course I learned what a valuable tool pinning can be to improve my personal aesthetic. I have kept visual journals for years and Pinterest is just another way of collecting those visuals to spark an idea that might be helpful somewhere down the line. Now I allow myself time every day to browse and pin without guilt!!! Read the complete interview…

And by the way, Amber Kane makes the most beautiful scarves. It is my dream to own one someday!!! You can view her work here.

Thanks Amber!!! You’re the best!!!




A Great Way to Spend that Christmas Cash!

Orchard by Elaine Brady Smith, 12" x 18" encaustic collage on board.

Orchard by Elaine Brady Smith, 12 x 18 encaustic collage on board.

Did you get a little something extra in your Christmas stocking and are wondering just what to do with it??? Well, I’ve got just the thing….Take a creative workshop with me at the Art Association of Harrisburg or at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Center For American Crafts. Make 2014 the year to nourish your creative soul!!!

I have three workshops starting next week and guess what…IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!!!

So here is what I have to offer, but DON’T WAIT, space is limited! REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!!!

Still-Life in Collage

WIP Tea Time by Elaine Brady Smith, 8" x 10" collage on canvas.

WIP Tea Time by Elaine Brady Smith, 8 x 10 collage on canvas.

Date and Time: January 8 – February 12, Wednesdays, 6–8:30PM (6 weeks)

Location: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA (717) 236-1432

Skill Level: Beginner, ages 15 through Adult

In this class we will create a still-life painting in collage by “painting with paper.” Drawing inspiration from photographs, we will start with a simple acrylic under-painting, then add torn papers that have been painted, stamped, stenciled and textured to complete the piece.

There will be demos by the instructor. There will also be discussions on how to make subject matter more representational by using color, value and directional tearing of papers.

Students should be able to complete at least one 12×12” painting in class.
$70.00 – Students should bring the supplies required in the list emailed them at registration. (Minimum 5 students.)

To register for this class, contact Art Association of Harrisburg or call them at (717) 236-1432.

Artistic Journaling

Artistic Journaling pages, work in progress by Elaine Brady Smith

Artistic Journaling pages, work in progress by Elaine Brady Smith

Date and Time: January 9 – February 13, 2014, Thursdays, 6-8 PM (6 weeks)

Location: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA (717) 236-1432

Skill Level: Beginner, ages 12 through Adult

Do you need a creative place to experiment and explore ideas with no pressure to produce a masterpiece? An art journal may be the perfect solution!

In this class we will create a 16-page simple stab-binding journal from one sheet of watercolor paper. This booklet will then serve as the place for you to collage, paint, draw, doodle, scribble, write and/or all of the above, to create a visual celebration of your life and events.

There will be plenty of demos and tips on artistic journaling techniques during this six-week course. This is an excellent class for teens as well as adults and a great time for child and parent to spend creative-time together.


To register for this class, contact Art Association of Harrisburg or call them at (717) 236-1432.

Intro to Encaustic Workshop

Greetings by Elaine Brady Smith. 10" x 8" encaustic collage on raised panel.

Greetings by Elaine Brady Smith. 10 x 8 encaustic collage on raised panel.

Date and Time: January 11 & 12, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, 10AM – 5PM

Location: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Skill Level: Beginner

Encaustic is a luscious and versatile medium with a range of controlled to wildly unpredictable results.  In this 2 day workshop we will cover the basics of working in encaustic, equipment and supplies including how to make your own beeswax and damar resin medium.

Demonstrations will be given on techniques such as:  fusing methods, using and applying color, building texture, incising lines, adding collage and transfers. Students will have the opportunity to explore the techniques after each demo and have plenty of time to explore this wonderful medium.

This is a great introductory workshop to give this medium a try. An extensive “how-to” handout is included along with a complete list of supplies needed to set up your own encaustic studio.

Members: $157.00/Non Members: $175.00

Plus Materials fee: $50 payable to the instructor at the time of the class covers 4-8” x 10” birch plywood sub straights, encaustic medium, encaustic gesso, brushes, Nitrile gloves, single edged razor blades, laser copies for transfers, assorted collage papers, use of tools and equipment, and printed handouts.

To register for this workshop contact PA Guild of Craftsmen or call them at 717-431-8706

See my complete listing of 2014 Workshops here.