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Two New Collages

006 Formfit

006 Formfit

Knowing myself, I need to move along a bit quicker with this project. I have recently read that one of the signs of a creative person is a short attention span. Well, okay I’ll admit it!!! I get bored very easily!!! I’m constantly looking ahead to see what’s next!!! And I am very anxious to show you all of the collages that are finished. So I will be speeding up the process and posting multiples for a while.

Here is collage 006 Formfit. It is 5″ x 7″ on Bristol board and includes a vintage French magazine advertisement, dress pattern tissue, printed napkin, vintage typed page, painted newspaper, and stamped silk tissue, and it has a nice golden colored tone done with Caran d’Ache. This collage is mounted and matted with a black colored mat to fit an 8.5 x 11 frame (frame not included).

This collage can be purchased for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping by clicking the Buy it Now button below or email me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.

007 Trust Fund

007 Trust Fund

Today’s second collage is 007 Trust Fund. It is a 5″ x 7″ collage on Bristol board. It includes a diagram from a vintage motor book, handwritten text, a vintage recipe page, scrapbook paper, painted newsprint, and stamped silk tissue. It is mounted and matted with a black colored mat to fit an 8.5″ x 11″ frame (frame not included).

This collage can be purchased for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping by clicking the Buy It Now button below, or contact me at elainebradysmith@comcast.net.

Thanks for looking and Happy Collaging!!!

Recent New Works

Something From Nothing by Elaine Brady Smith

Something From Nothing by Elaine Brady Smith, 12″ x 12″ Encaustic collage on board

I’ve recently been doing a few experimental pieces with collage and encaustic. While many encaustic artists vie for texture and relief in their work and I admire these techniques a great deal; I,  on the other hand am obsessed with  how flat and smooth I can go and what techniques I can use to apply minimal wax when attaching collage papers to my piece. It has been a challenge and I am beginning to find satisfaction in my process.

William H Ragg by Elaine Brady Smith

William H Ragg by Elaine Brady Smith, 12″ x 12″ Encaustic collage on board.

While there is much beauty in the wax itself when applied to artwork, I have always been disappointed with the clouding and dulling of collage materials with wax. I have found some interesting ways to apply the waxed papers, and then remove most of the wax to preserve the true nature and colors of the original papers themselves.

Here are two recent works utilizing my new process. If you are interested in learning this process, I will be instructing a one day workshop at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Center of American Craft, Lancaster, PA on June 22, 2013 from 10am-5pm.

A Day of Encaustic and Collage

Encaustic and Collage Workshop at PA Guild


Combine hot wax and 10 women and what do you get? A great day at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen!!! We had a great time playing with paper and wax, trying out different techniques for encasutic collage. The workshop was held at the PA Guild store on Queen St in the heart of Lancaster, PA. This same workshop will be offered again in June at the same location, so come on out and play!!!

PA Guild Encaustic and Collage WorkshopPA Guild Encaustic and Collage WorkshopPA Guild Encaustic and Collage WorkshopPA Guild Encaustic and Collage Workshop


For more information on the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen workshops, click here. Special thanks to Mackenzie Snader for these photographs!

Collage and Encaustic Workshop in March


I’ll be offering a one day workshop at the PA Guild of Craftsmen on March 23, 2013 from 10am – 5pm. The cost is $87 for members, and $97 for non-members. Registration is open now!

In this workshop, explore the world of collage using the luscious medium of encaustic. Demonstrations will be given on the tools and equipment to use and how to fuse with paper involved. We will discuss the multitude of papers available for collage and best practices for multiple transparent layers.

Learn how to add photos to your encaustic work as collage elements, as well as how to use them as transfers. We will also explore some additional transfer methods using charcoal, graphite, oil pastels, and other tools. Students will have the opportunity to complete four 8” x 10” collage pieces. This will be a great workshop if you love collage and want to learn a creative way to assemble your papers with encaustic medium.

Supplies needed:

  • Roll of Viva paper towels
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife and cutting surface
  • Soft or Vine Charcoal and/or Graphite sticks
  • Oil Pastels (if you have them)
  • Small pad of Tracing paper
  • Small pad of Newsprint paper
  • Wax paper
  • Assorted collage papers which can include: printed napkins, printed or colored tissue paper, handmade papers, rice paper, lace paper, coffee filters, dried tea bag paper, handwritten letters, vintage papers, dress pattern tissue, junk mail, old maps (or any papers that are absorbent and do not have a shiny surface or acrylic paint on them)

Other Supplies & Materials Fee: All other supplies will be provided by the instructor. A $40 supply fee payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop will cover: substrates, encaustic medium and paints, encaustic gesso, Nitrile gloves, single edged razor blades, use of tools and equipment, and printed handouts.

Night at The Candy Factory

This past Friday night, the show “Everyday” opened at The Candy Factory. Great night!!! Great turnout!!! Special thanks to Stacy Lynne Caldwell for all her hard work putting this show together. Thanks to Christine Goldbeck and Ralph Nardell for the photos below. And thanks to all the artists who participated: