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Two Worlds Collide Workshop

This page is for referencing the steps in my Two World Collide program. Further details are included in my book under the same name. This is a unique approach workshop in combining mixed mixed media and encaustic art.

Steps in this workshop

1. “Prime” panel in dark colour chalk paint. Dry with Hairdryer.

2. Collage random texture, pattern and colour papers only to cover board using mod-podge, gel medium or matte medium. AVOID ADDING IMAGES.

3. Rub parafin wax (a candle is great), all over surface to hit the high spots.

4. PAINT the entire collaged surface with light coloured chalk/mineral paint.

5. Dry lightly using hair dryer.

6. Using sandpaper, distress the painted surface.

7. Use baby wipes to “eat through” the paint to expose some of the collage.

8. Add scratched and lines with abrasive tools like a steel brush or razor blades.

9. Use walnut ink to highlight the distressed, aged areas and remove using baby wipes.

10. Now that the background is done, you can treat this as an encaustic piece.

11. Let the background dry thoroughly, apply clear encaustic medium. Fuse smooth.

12. Finish your painting like an encaustic piece using coloured waxes, pan pastels, patinas and foils etc...

Materials: Glossary of materials used in this workshop:

1. Paint - Chalk Paints, mineral paints and milk paints - NO ACRYLIC as it will repel the wax.

2. Stabillo ALL pencils - water soluble - come in several colours - my fave is black.

3. Stabillo Woodies - Use under or on top of wax - these are an amazing way to shade or add a scribble or highlight.

4. Gel Medium/ModPodge/Matte medium- works for gluing and for transfering directly to wood .

5. Clear Gesso by Liquitex - only brand that works really well for me. Use this as a bridge

between all paper /collage materials and encaustic wax to de-glaze any shiny areas. Be sure that you allow the gesso to dry thoroughly before adding wax.

6. Encaustic Medium

7. Stencils, metal and mylar

8. Rubber stamps and Ink pads

9. Rub-on transfers

10. Heat transfer foils

11. Stylus, encaustic blocks

12. Pan pastels and neo colour crayons.

13. Walnut ink.

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