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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!!!

Exhibit at The Gallery at LaCigale

The Gallery at LaCigale

I will be the guest artist at The Gallery at LaCigale in Mount Gretna, PA for the month of July with an opening reception on Friday, July 11, 5-9pm. The gallery is located on Rt 117 in the heart of Mount Gretna, right beside the miniature golf course. And here is the cool thing…they will be featuring Waltz Vineyards and for the first time Mount Gretna Craft Brewery! I love a good beer!!! There will also be music by Patsy Kline.

The Gallery at LaCigale Mount Gretna PA

The Gallery at LaCigale Mount Gretna PA

If you have never been to LaCigale, you are in for a treat. It is a darling shop full of wonderful things and beautiful table cloths made in France…yes, that LaCigale!!! There is a huge gallery full of awesome art by the resident artists. And you betcha…if I sell a piece of artwork…or I should say “when I sell a piece of artwork”, I will be buying a custom made LaCigale table cloth for my odd sized antique kitchen table. I have been wanting one for years!!!

I love Mount Gretna and it holds a special place in my heart. It’s where my husband and I had our first date. We took a motorcycle ride, went to the Jigger Shop for ice cream and then sat by the lake as the sun set. So cute right? I must have been smitten, because here we are almost 35 years later from that night and we’re still together!!!

So, come on out to the opening reception, look at some great art and have a beer with me! See you then!!!

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.

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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!!!