The Embracing Encaustic Series

Encaustic is the art of painting with beeswax mixed with colored pigments and resin. This mixture is applied hot then fused with heat to bond each layer together. This type of painting has a long history dating back some 3,000 years to the Greeks working in Egypt. It's the oldest form of painting that you've probably never heard of. Until now.

In Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, you'll learn how to paint with this fascinating medium using simple step-by-step instructions on how to paint, fuse and control your wax for many exciting effects. It includes information on tools, materials, safety, photo transfers, incising lines, wax collage, adding texture, and even has detailed instructions for mixing your own encaustic medium and paint.

The first edition of Embracing Encaustic was published in 2007 and after several printings of the second edition sold out, it briefly went out of print. The third edition has been published exclusively as an eBook, with some updated content and all new work in the Inspiration Gallery, which includes 35 talented artists who share their work and reveal their personal painting methods. Easy directions on how to purchase and read an eBook.

Artists Featured in Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax

Amy Royce, Andrea Benson, Ann Huffman, Bethany Handfield, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Debra Claffey, Eileen P. Goldenberg, Emily Rutledge, Eva McCauley, Geoffrey Kostecki, Gretchen Papka, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel, Jeff Juhlin, Johanna Gardner, Judith Williams, Kara Brook, Kellie Weeks, Kevin Frank, Kimberly Kent, Kindra Crick, Linda Robertson, Linda Widstrand, Lisa Sisley-Blinn, Mary Farmer, Mary Mettenbrink, Mitchell Visoky, Norman Soskel, Patricia Dusman, Rachelle Kaldani, Robin SamiljanvSally Arnold, Serena Barton, Sherrie Posternak, Stephanie Hoff Clayton, and Tracy Spadafora.

But Wait, There's More...

The big surprise is that there are two eBooks instead of one, both under the Embracing Encaustic title. This allows a total of 70 artists to be included between the two books while keeping downloads manageable. Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media builds on the basic techniques illustrated in the first book in the series. Today artists are pushing encaustic painting in new directions by working with all kinds of different media, below, above and within their wax and this book celebrates that.

You'll find step-by-step instructions on working with oil sticks, burning shellac, creating encaustic monotypes, drawing on wax with graphite and artists' crayons, using stencils, and pouring wax. The Inspiration Gallery will introduce you to the work of 36 artists and serve as a springboard for you to find your own unique way of working with this exciting medium. I expect this second eBook to be available within the next couple of weeks.

Artists Featured in Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media

Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Amber George, Amelia Currier, Amy Finder, Caryl St. Ama, Catherine Nash, Daniella Woolf, David Price, Deborah Martin, Deborah Winiarski, Diana González Gandolfi, Elise Wagner, Erica Konrad, Ezshwan Winding, Francesca Azzara, Gregory Wright, Jessie Smith-Larson, Josie Rodriguez, Judy Wise, Karl Kaiser, Kathleen Burke, Leslie Pearson, Linda Robertson, Lisa Marie Sipe, Marty Ittner, Michele Thrane, Pamela Winegard, Paula Roland, Shaun Doll, Sigrid Rogers, Susanne K. Arnold, Tatiana deFigueiredo, Tina Viljoen, Tracey Adams, Tracy Proctor-Kelly and Vicki Moser.

Why an eBook?

This electronic format enables delivery of a more comprehensive book at half the price which can be downloaded instantly anywhere in the world. My favorite feature of an electronic art book is that you can double tap on each image and enlarge it to view the details, just as you would on your smart phone. Try THAT with a printed book! Embracing Encaustic is available through for Kindle readers, iPads, smart phones and other devices with Kindle software, including Macs and PC's. Easy directions on how to purchase and read an eBook.

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