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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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Welcome Spring – A Mixed Media Art Technique

"Welcome Spring" by Elaine Brady Smith. 8" x 10" mixed media collage technique

“Welcome Spring” by Elaine Brady Smith. 8″ x 10″ mixed media collage on canvas.

Happy first day of Spring everyone!!!

Seems like we have waited forever for this day, and even though it’s still a bit cold here in South Central PA….there is no snow on the ground…finally! It’s been a long winter, but Spring is finally here!!!

My first article has been published on Mixedmediaart.net today! This is one of my favorite mixed media art techniques – Making Transparent Stamped Layers.

I love this technique!!! Making piles of stamped papers and transparent papers are great for collage and mixed media. Jeez…I could spend days making these papers! I use them in my art almost all the time!

Read the entire article here.

Be sure to sign up for my updates (in the upper right hand corner of my blog page) to receive my favorite techniques right in your inbox – more coming soon!!!

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.

Encaustic Demo during Lancaster Art Walk

This Sunday, Oct 6, 1-4pm I will demo encaustic collage at the Guild Store at Center of American Craft during the Lancaster Art Walk. There are 32 great venues on the walk and you can get a handy dandy map of all the stops on their website.

AND the PA Guild Store at 335 W. Queen St, Lancaster, PA now carries my encaustic art!!! Yaaayy!!! I’ll be delivering these two encaustic pieces this Thursday.

So if you are in the area on Sunday, come on into the Guild Store and say HEY!!!

Storm Warning by Elaine Brady Smith

Storm Warning by Elaine Brady Smith, 12″ x 12″ encaustic on board

Alphabet Angel by Elaine Brady Smith

Alphabet Angel by Elaine Brady Smith, 12″ x 12″ encaustic on board