Encaustic Art. Painting with Hot Wax. Supplies & Classes

Wether you are a crafter, professional artist or just hobbiest, we have what you need.
The best part is - no artistic ability is required!

What is Encaustic Art

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.
Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.

Meet Our Teachers

Teacher & Artist

Danielle has been teaching Encaustic Wax painting since 2007.

Danielle Matthews

Qualified Encaustic Art Teacher & Artist

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Abstract. Could be an elephant on left. Could be ice scapes.

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Abstract showing trees and woods.

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Sunset over the water.

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Classes

We do classes from our studio, as well as offer classes at your home or work place. We give classes on some weekday evenings, and saturday mornings and afternoons, and the occasional sunday afternoon.

BEGINNERS CLASS

Our beginners class includes all your materials, including waxes and use of an iron. This is about a three hour class, where you will learn the basic techniques so that you can start playing.

These include:

Smoothing
Lifting and Dabbing
Edge Strokes
Using the point of the iron

You will do about +- 18 A6 cards in a beginners class, ending with a landscrape or two.

At the start of learning there is chaos and an open mind.

Work safely in an ordered environment.
Skill is the development of control and predictability.
Art can be the imaginative use of such skill or the keen perception that may emerge during the creative process, where the participant (artist) identifies, understands, "knows" that the artwork is complete - time to stop.

If you are interested in becoming one of our teachers, please also give us a call. No previous experience is needed to become a teacher and we provide.

Testimonials

Here is what some of our happy clients have said:

Maggie WideArtist

Loved every minute of it. Danielle makes the classes fun, letting you explore what aspects of the art form you enjoy, while teaching all the techniques you need to proceed.

Joanna MaakeBatisk Artist

Amazing how easy it can be when you have the right tools. The Iron and especially the Stylus work fantastic for blanking sections for Batisk.

Anita Van ZylBookkeeper

I found that Encaustic Art is the perfect way to relax.

Contact Us

For Classes, Wax, Irons, Styluses, Card, Other Supplies, DVDs, Books please contact us.

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Primrose Germiston

(+) 27 74 179 6769
+27 11 828 2674

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