I mentioned R&F Paints in a previous post. They are a very hip little company in Kingston, NY, that makes encaustic paint and oil sticks. They have a workspace at the factory, and they offer workshops. I can't recommend them enough, the people they have come in and teach are topnotch, and the people that work there are lovely. I went today to their oil stick mini lab, which is a five-hour workshop with a mini tutorial in the beginning and then you get to go and play. You have access to all of their oil and encaustic paints. It is a time where I get to go crazy and try out a lot of the ideas that are whirling around in my brain. Because I have access to all their materials, I don't stress out about making mistakes and wasting my finite paint supply.
Today I had brought some rice paper with me, and I wanted to try making some monotypes. To do this, you work on your heated palette, melting the encaustic paint on the palette and then laying the paper down over it. The way the wax and the paper mix is so lovely, and I love what happens when you mix the two. I started by using several colors, the center bottom paper in the picture, then I tried just two colors, the paper to the left, and then I went with one color and was extremely happy with the outcome (the blue paper in the top center. The piece on the right was oil stick on rice paper).
Having the opportunity to play and try things out without worrying about the outcome is a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing, and find out what works and what doesn't.
In Gratitude, Karen