Hot Wax! Introduction to Encaustic Painting

Discover the beauty of creating layered paintings with hot wax and pigment through this one-day exploration into encaustic.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Registration: $125 / Materials Fee: $30

Workshop is now FULL. Registration is closed.

Please email with your name, contact information and "Introduction to Encaustic Painting" in the subject line in order to be added to the waiting list.

The term encaustic comes from the Greek word meaning "to burn in" and it refers to the process of applying hot wax with pigment and resin onto an absorbent painting surface that is re-melted or "fused" with a heat gun to create a variety of effects. Unlike other painting mediums that go from wet to dry, this medium goes from a hot liquid to a solid in a matter of seconds allowing for a variety of layers to be added quickly.

Versatile and fun for both beginners as well as experienced artists, encaustic painting also offers opportunities to embed items into your work. In this workshop, artist Barbara Hranilovich will begin by providing participants with a demonstration of encaustic techniques and tools and will provide safety tips. A practice board will be provided initially to assist participants in exploring the medium before committing to their own panel to create their own imagery. 

All supplies and media will be provided by the instructor as a part of the materials fee. However, participants are invited to bring their own materials to fuse into their works such as photographs, papers, drawings, fibers or other thin materials. 

All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is required.


Barbara Hranilovich

Instructor of Visual Arts and Entrepreneurship, Interlochen College of Creative Arts