We discovered that encaustic was something our readers were very interested in, so we have dedicated the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine to encaustic, with plenty of articles and art to educate and inspire.
From Editorial Director Jeannine Stein, in the September/October 2017 issue:
A little over a year ago we conducted an online reader survey to find out more about your interests in mixed-media art, as well as your thoughts on the magazine. This issue came about because of that survey. Among the questions we asked was: If you could master one new mixed-media skill, what would it be? The majority of you said you were interested in learning encaustic art. We heard you loud and clear! No surprise that this technique has captured your attention. Not only is encaustic artwork absolutely stunning, it’s perfect for mixed-media artists, since it can be combined with everything you love: collage, painting, mark making, abstracts and realism, stenciling, and more.
Since encaustic may be completely new to some of you, we kick off the featured projects with a primer from Julie Snidle. She goes over all the basics, including tools, prep, and precautions, and you’ll discover that setting up an encaustic station is easier than you think. Then, move on to an elegant project from Australian artist Talliesen that’s perfect for newbies, or for those who want to hone their skills. Mary Beth Shaw introduces encaustic techniques using a material you’re familiar with: stencils. You’ll be amazed at the depth you can achieve by layering designs with encaustic medium and paint. Collage is a technique that marries so well with encaustic, and Cathy Nichols shows how to incorporate beautiful papers, sgraffito, and drawing to create a stunning piece.
We even have a project for those of you who love the look of encaustic, but are looking for an alternative process: Go faux with Sandra Duran Wilson’s abstract piece made with acrylic paints and mediums.
Rounding out the issue is Brooke Albrecht’s art journal pages decorated with folk art-like drawings and stitching, a stunning necklace with charms made out of—wait for it—shrink plastic, by Julie Haymaker Thompson, and a fantastic 3-D tunnel book project from Hannah Burnworth. Lots to do in this exciting issue!
If this is your first time trying encaustic, let us know what you think! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you may see your comments in an upcoming issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!
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