Collage/Mixed Media Toggle

Wax On Wax Off

Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle

Join Mary Beth Shaw and Julie Snidle for a weekend of waxy wonder as we explore a variety of mixed media wax techniques.  No body hair involved.

Day 1 starts with the return of the ever popular Batik Paper and Mary Beth will share all the new methods she has developed. Papers that are so gorgeous they can be ‘stand alone’ artworks or also serve as an inclusion in our Encaustic pieces. 

Then let’s have some fun with Friday night Funk, a cocktail party including small bites that add up to big flavor – ok, let’s just call it dinner. We ask each attendee to bring a dish to share so we can experience new taste treats. Be prepared with copies of your recipes for fellow participants. Not a cook? No worries, just figure out something easy (fruit, cheese, chocolate, anyone?), cause we want no stress here!

On Saturday, Julie heats it up with a multitude of Encaustic painting approaches that utilize a range of techniques with encaustic paint, transfers and oil stick. She will show how to build up layers and then excavate back down. You will have a chance to transfer complex drawings to your wax and then carve detail into them. We will even venture out of doors and gather leaves to create stunning nature based pieces. You are sure to find something you love and you’ll also quickly gain confidence with this extraordinary forgiving medium.

Sunday, Mary Beth will throw some Mixed Media into the mix and share ways to develop additional texture, build layers with collage and create color in a more economical way using pigments. Julie will share techniques using foil and stamping in addition to lending advice for setting up an encaustic studio in your home.

About the Instructors

Mary Beth Shaw works in Mixed Media because she loves to play with art supplies; she jokes that Mixed Media is for artists who can’t make up their mind. Her process utilizes pastel, ink, marker and acrylics layered with various collage and texture materials; she welcomes so-called “mistakes” because they lead to wonderful opportunities and discoveries. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media, published by North Light and is at work on her second book. She is also a Columnist for Somerset Studios.

Living in Wildwood, MO with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

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Once a corporate training administrator, Julie works as a mixed-media artist specializing in encaustic work. With a degree in Elementary Education she has taught art professionally in the classroom, juried artwork for art fairs and also taught workshops in the greater St. Louis area. Largely self taught in a variety of mixed media techniques, Julie has studied encaustics intensively for nearly 10 years, including specialized training with R+F Paints. Her art appears in “Printmaking and Mixed Media” by Dorit Elisha and “Flavor for Mixed Media” by Mary Beth Shaw.

Julie exhibits at the 4th Wall Gallery in Ste. Genevieve, MO and is also active in local charities. A native of Minneapolis, Julie resides in Festus, MO, with her husband, Will.

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Studio and Material Fee

Material fee covers encaustic medium, paints, pigments, oil sticks, tools, brushes, palettes, heat sources. Batik wax, dyes & tools, and miscellaneous studio supplies.

Student Supplies

Students should bring the following supplies:

 Supply of paper for Batik and also wood substrates to paint (3 per day no larger than 10x10).

Optional Supplies

If you own any Batik or encaustic supplies and wish to bring them, feel free. You may also want to have a small selection of collage images on hand and a few B+W copies (from a toner machine) to use as transfers.. 


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