Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Encausticamp Preview!

It's just over 100 days until the first ever ENCAUSTICAMP! If you haven't signed up yet, do so soon to reserve your space. To celebrate, the instructors decided to give you a preview of what you will learn and experience. We are each posting a tantalizing hint of what is to come and ask that you pass it along to all of your friends and followers who might be interested in mixed media and encaustic painting.

All Roads Lead to Forever

18"X18" Framed


Tar, Torch, Abaca, Cotton, Oil

EncaustiCamp Preview: Michelle Belto When I got married, I didn't know the first thing about cooking. Unforunately, my new husband like to eat...and eat often! Thinking that it would be something easy, he informed me that his favorite side dish was mashed potatoes and that "it would go with everything." What he didn't realize was that even the lowely mashed potato was beyond my level of expertise. I remember calling up my mom with a raw potato in my hand and asking the question: "How do you get from here to there?" I often get asked that question about my work. "How did you get there?" For those who will be attending the first ever EncaustiCamp just outside of Salem, Oregon, this summer, you will there yourself! Beating cotton and rag into a giant slushy pulp and then reforming it into something wonderful is addicting. What's more, making your own supports will open the door to endless new ways to explore mixed media work, sculpture and, of course, encaustic painting.

Here is a visual overview of what you will learn when you take my camp class:

Participants will first learn how to make pulp from recycled materials. (1)Using pulp in a pour mold instead of an ordinary mold and deckle will allow us to add cool things like glitter, cut up comics or embed threads and botanicals into the paper. Our form, created from foam core or other materials will be embedded into the pulp. This will make the support stable enough to take the wax. (2) The next step is to remove the water by pressing. One of my students is pressing and smiling! It's fun! (3) The final step is to allow the form to dry..... and voila! You have just created your one-of-a-kind support.

Join me, five other instructors and six passionate assistants this summer at EncaustiCamp 2011, three days and four nights of all things beeswaxy and beautiful, July 13-17, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Your work is beautiful! Would love to go to there and learn . . too far . . and beyond budget. :-(