Saturday, September 15, 2012


Red Flower by Roberta Warshaw
Red Flower, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
As you know I have been struggling with this new medium I am trying called encaustic. Coming from a watercolor background, it is very different.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had been frustrated and ended up melting off most of my work when I discovered I could blot the paint up with tracing paper and get some interesting results.

I soon realized that I was essentially doing monoprinting in a very basic way.

So I did a little research online and found this wonderful DVD by Paula Roland. I had remembered that a colleague of mine had gone to Santa Fe last year and took one of her workshops, so I decided that since I was not going to make it to Santa Fe anytime soon, I would buy the DVD.

I cannot tell you how impressed I was with this DVD by Paula. She is so thorough, and so knowledgable that you really need to watch it multiple times. I watched it all the way through the first time and then I broke it up into sections. I decided that doing it in small amounts is the best way for me to learn all the techniques she shows. It is an entirely different way of painting for me and I really like it.

This is the first piece I did. It is actually a collage of two of the prints I made.

I like this technique a lot and I think it will enable me to get creative and find my voice in the medium sooner than I had imagined.

Thank you Paula!


Robbie said...

Roberta, I'm so impressed with your pieces!! I've only played with mono printing using thickened dyes! Your work is beautiful!!! Keep it up!!! and keep the pics coming!

Barb Fernald said...

Wow! Mono printing with encaustic? This is a really nice piece. Keep exploring. I love seeing the results!

Joanne Holtje said...

I like this. It has a really satisfying balance between painterly, organic mark-making and bold graphic elements. You manage to get them to play nicely with each other!
I might have to check out that dvd.....