Archive for March 2009

All my ducks in a row...

I made a 4lb batch of encaustic last night-- 35 cakes in total.  Two sets of my new Venetian Vacation color line and the rest are currently just clear medium.  I love how these all look stacked together!!

Thought I'd share :)


Introductory Sale - PDF Tutorial- Making oil paint by hand

To celebrate the release of my new oil paint making tutorial-- I'm putting it on sale for a limited time for $2 -- you can't beat that with a stick (unless you are cruel).  

Ever wonder what goes into making a tube of oil paint? Then this tutorial is for you! Learn how to make your own oil paint from scratch! Read about the different properties of various oils and what would work best for you as an artist. Making your own paint can save hundreds of dollars a year on supplies and is a technique that is much easier than you think! 

This 6 page PDF tutorial is easy to read and filled
 with clear photos of each step in this process.
 Includes a complete list of materials, step by step instructions, and a list of supply resources with tons of money saving suggestions!

Normally priced at the already low price of $3.50, you just can't go wrong with this deal.  On sale until midnight EST March 25, 2009.

What are you waiting for?  Buy it already and quench your curiousity!

PDF will be emailed to you right away-  buy it at or right here: 


Commission Progress

I dipped back into my oil paints and got started on a commissioned painting for my friend, Sarah.  I'm so excited to make this for her new home and brighten up her space with my work!  I hope that she will love the final version and will enjoy reading about it and seeing the progress here on my blog as I go along!

She had asked me to make a painting similar to Deluge (sold last summer) but gave me complete artistic license to change around the colors, movement, feel-- whatever!  It's a rare opportunity for me to be asked to revisit a painting and it's so much fun!  I love going into it thinking of how to improve upon the last piece and make this one special.  I've been mixing some of my own oil paint and am using it to complement my store-bought paint (that purple above the river is my own handmade color!)

You can see in this first image how I begin a painting.  I lay down a very thin wash of color cause nothing's worse than facing a blank canvas! I also love to pick a color that I want to shine through the entire painting.  It will give this a nice vibrancy/glow.  I then rough sketch where I want things to go using some more paint.  Then I get right into the color.  This is how it's looking so far after my first layer of color.  (Not the best photo since I'm working at night but it's what I can offer at 11pm)  It'll change as I keep working on it and I'm going to add some slightly brighter colors.  

I can't wait to work on this more!!!


A wonderful day!

I was surprised to find myself in an Etsy Finds email and Storque article today entitled "Yours And Yours Alone"!  Not only was it nice to get recognition in such a well put together art grouping but I received over 65 shop "hearts", tons of item hearts (including over 53 on this painting), a bunch of sales, and a couple of great emails from people!  It was such a great day!!

I'm so excited because I've also decided to take out a spot in a print ad for my encaustic supplies through Indiepublic that will go in the May issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.  I've never done a print ad before but this seemed like such a great fit for such a wonderful magazine.  I can hardly wait until May!  


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