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Wax Week: Encaustic & Photography

July 20-24, Sat-Wed (5 days), 10:30 am-4:30 pm, $750

Can't make it to the full week? One day passes are now available for individual classes. Email me to register.

Every year I hear from students who want to take my encaustic workshops but either live too far away to fly in for just one or two days or prefer a more immersive environment where they can learn many techniques in a short time. With this in mind I offer 5-day intensive workshops that combine some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come. In this class we'll focus on photography. There is also a Wax Week class focusing on mixed media in August.

All of my Wax Week workshops are easily accessible for someone with little or no experience in working with encaustic. I keep my class sizes very small so everyone can learn at their own pace which also allows me to challenge more experienced students with advanced tips and techniques.

Photographers seem especially drawn to working with wax because of the variety of ways their images can be reborn in a new medium. I should know, I was originally trained as a photographer and here I am working in encaustic all these years later. Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting, with paint made from pure pigment mixed with wax and resin. The mixture is applied hot, then reheated to fuse the layers together.

This all level class will be dedicated to the variety of ways your photographs can be included with encaustic using several collage techniques and even learning to pour wax onto your work instead of using a brush. You'll also learn to transfer images directly on to the wax for a beautifully transparent effect and how to use pastels for a vintage hand colored look. You'll use a heat gun, an iron and a torch to fuse your wax depending on the requirements of each technique.

Here's what we'll cover: During the last part of the week each student will have the option for a 30 minute private consultation with me to review work, clarify techniques or ask their burning questions. It's your time with me so you decide how we'll spend it.

Most supplies will be provided including wax, paint, brushes, paper, boards, and basic encaustic tools. Students will be asked to bring 3-5 panels of their choice no larger than 11 x 14. You will will receive detailed information on these materials as well as a list of optional items upon registration, and before class begins I will send you instructions on how to prepare your images. Space is limited to 6 students so classes fill quickly.

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Photo Collage

Bring photographs, drawings and lightweight ephemera to layer into your paintings. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to collage with wax instead of glue to incorporate papers, dried plants and even small objects. Don't worry if you haven't tried anything like this before, the medium is very forgiving. I'll have lots of collage materials available for you to play with and you can work in any style you choose.

Hand Coloring

This is a fun way to revitalize vintage photos or make new ones look older. The look you achieve depends on your color choices so you can make your images look very contemporary too. For this technique we'll use different types of pastels and pigment sticks to add color to waxed black and white photographs. The best part? If you don't like the colors you can easily remove it until the end when we set them with heat!

Image Transfers

Transferring images and drawings onto wax gives crisp magical look or a beautifully rustic effect depending on which method you use. We'll do both! Bring your favorite images or drawings in various sizes and I'll help you copy them onto the appropriate paper for each type of transfer. With some practice you can even overlap several transfers between layers of wax while painting in between them. We'll use a torch to fuse these so if you're not familiar with using one you'll learn that too.

Pouring Wax

There are a variety of ways you can pour wax to achieve beautiful results with and without imagery. Pouring wax is quick and easy but you need to know a few technical tricks to make sure your work lasts. I'll show you two different ways to approach pouring wax and we'll apply them in many ways to incorporate photography, embedding, stencils and anything else we conjure up as a creative group.

Personal Projects + Individual Consultations

This is where it all comes together and you can combine all the techniques introduced during the week to create work unique to your vision. We'll start off the day with a lecture on finishing and framing work as well as shipping considerations, then you'll work on whatever projects you prefer. Consider this a directed open studio, where I'll work with each of you individually to answer questions you might have about techniques we've covered, how to set up your studio at home, etc. Use this time to complete projects from earlier in the week or start new ones to continue after you return home full of new ideas!

How To Register

Before class begins I will send you instructions on how to prepare your images. All supplies will be provided except for your personal imagery, including boards, medium, wax paint, tools and brushes. Most students leave class with 3 - 4 finished projects. Confirmation, directions to my studio and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration. Space is limited to 6 students so classes fill quickly.

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If you have trouble registering online please contact me at (503) 348-9139 or waxx@ lindawomack.com. Classes must be paid for in full by cash, check or credit card prior to the class to confirm your spot. When your payment is received you will be emailed a confirmation notice, additional information about the classes and a map to my studio in NE Portland.

*** If spots are still available 2 weeks before the class starts, individual class days will be offered at $175 per day. If you are interested in this option contact me to be put on the waiting list.

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Cancellation and Liability Policies

  • Cancellation 14 days before the class date = full refund (minus $25 cancellation fee) or may change to another class.
  • Cancellation less than 14 days before the class date = full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee only if the space is filled by another paying student.
  • No show = no refund.
If the workshop is canceled by the instructor, you will receive a full refund. If another instructor must be substituted for Linda Robertson Womack due to illness or emergency you will have the option to attend the class with the substitute instructor or cancel/reschedule without penalty.

Should any injuries occur during or as a result of participation in any class or workshop, the registered student agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Linda Womack and all employees, instructors and volunteers connected with Linda Robertson Womack Fine Art.

Instructor Linda Womack


Image Transfers


Hand Coloring


Photo Collage


Pouring Wax


Pigment Sticks


Image Transfers


Photo Collage


Personal Projects


Pouring Wax


Multiple Techniques


Photo Collage



Not sure what to expect? View blog entries to see photos from my classes. My private studio is located in NE Portland, Oregon. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.