Wits' End Studio
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton
Monday, June 13, 2011
June 12, 1926 - June 10, 2011
I miss you Mama.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Cold Wax and Oil Workshop with Rebecca Crowell
I'm still reeling from the workshop I took from
There were 6 students, we worked long and hard. I'm not sure if any of us were well versed in oils, but we learned quick (HA!).
Gamblin Cold Wax Medium
Dorland's Wax medium
added to oils makes a luscious combination.
Oils on their own are
slick, but with the addition of cold wax, become wonderfully buttery. It's really like nothing I've ever worked with before.
You can create fabulous textures.
I worked on 12 x 12 panels by Ampersand.
Two completely different surfaces. Cold wax and oil seemed to dry much faster on the Claybord, but when scraping through layers tended to go right to the white Claybord surface.
The Gessobord dried slower, but held the cold wax and oil allowing scraping without going down to the white surface.
We spent hours working on techniques Rebecca has perfected over the years.
It was bliss.
I got frustrated at one point on this one and took it outside in the rain and plopped it face down on the gravel driveway and stomped on it-repeatedly.
Some nice texture turned up.
These are well on their way, but not finished....you know how that can change!
Rebecca gave us a sheet of
to experiment on. I really, really like it.
It's prepped and ready to go. It holds cold wax/oil nicely,
allows you to scrape back.
Since getting back home, I've been rearranging my studio.....again.
I cleared a space so that I can hang my panels on the wall
to work on them and be able to stand back and assess as I go along.
There are 4 panels in progress.
The next plan of attack is to make plaster bowls and experiment putting
cold wax/oil on them.
Thanks for stopping by,
hope you have great week making art!