If you’ve been meaning to buy your own encaustic wax equipment, but just not got around to it yet, this post is to let you know that most encaustic wax supplies are increasing, by around 20%...

Why….?

A combination of reasons…

Arts Encaustic waxes are going through a rebranding exercise at the moment, as I understand, exactly the same products, but with a different box.   Prices will be going up as a result of that rebrand, plus they are affected by increased import costs, but want to do one price increase, not two.

I can still buy the old stock at the same price, but only until stocks run out, so, if you’ve been thinking to get started with wax, I would recommend starting soon before the prices go up….!

R&F supplies have already gone up as a result of lower exchange rates and increased import costs since the Brexit announcement, so any new stock I buy in will be charged at the new prices…

HOWEVER, I still have a lot of materials here at the old pricing, so if you’ve just not got around to buying, now is your best time…!

Here is a list of encaustic products available to buy from me, and their prices today….   Simply e-mail your order through to me, or call, and we can talk it through on the phone if you want advice.  I will send you an invoice with payment details on, and arrange shipment to you.

As an added incentive to help you get started, keeping with the 20% theme, I am offering a 20% discount on my online course ‘Painting with an Iron’, everything I teach in my four session workshop, but learn from the comfort of your own home, but only for the month of June, after that, it will go back up to full price.   Enter JUNE-2017 into the coupon box, and ensure the discount is applied before paying.

(I am getting my new studio and tech sorted out slowly but surely, so will be back with updated video tutorials, painting with a stylus and beginners guide to R&F Encaustic Wax very soon.)

To buy, e-mail me your wax order to:  julie@julieannsgallery.co.uk    and click here for the 20% online course offer.

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Did you know the origins of encaustic wax painting goes back to Egyptian Mummy Portraiture and Iconography, around 2,000 years ago...?  (A couple of examples below)

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I’ve always worked with wax in a pretty abstract way until now.

I had seen a few photographs of modern encaustic portraiture... one in particular by Lora Murphy that stopped me in my tracks...  But, it was still a bit of a mystery as to how to create it myself.

To be honest, I’d never really tried, it was there as a 'thing to find out'… but as encaustic wax artists are pretty few and far between in the UK, it never moved too high up my to do list, and hours of experimental practice over the two or three years I’d been wanting to do it, never seemed to happen….

Imagine my delight earlier this year, when I saw that Lora Murphy was running an encaustic wax portraiture course in LONDON….!

It was the first one of it’s kind in the UK that I had been aware of.

I excitedly booked myself on, and waited for the course to come around.

Seven full days of encaustic wax portraiture.   It was A LOT!   The concentration left me whacked at times, and more than once I got back to my hotel room at six o clock, sat on the bed, only to wake up three hours later!

There were seven of us on the course, and I expected everyone to be fairly local… Nope… We were a real International bunch; only two of us from the UK, the others had travelled from Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Finland, and Eva from the Czech Republic… who did not speak a word of English, so brought her son to translate…!

It was amazing to spend that dedicated time creating, without all the other usual distractions… There was some outstanding talent there, (some of the others having already attended other classes of Lora's in other countries) and under Lora’s guidance, we created many individual pieces.

Days one and two were all a bit of a mystery to me… It was kind of coming together-ish in places, but not quite, and I really couldn’t see how the finished pieces would work… Lora promised it would all make sense soon…. with a deep furrowed brow, and a puzzled look on my face, I carried on, determined to work out the process.

I finished my first lady, who was looking a bit dark and scary in places, but it was an interesting process, and I was slowly beginning to understand.

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                  I started drawing out my next portrait ready for day three, and went back to the hotel making a bit more sense of it all.

Day three’s portrait almost fell out onto the canvas… It was one of those moments where it all slotted into place…   I found myself singing and humming to myself... happy as a sand-boy…  (I apologise again to everyone there for my tuneless notes from day three onwards, I really couldn't help it...!)

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Day four was the same…   It all just clicked…

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I went back to the hotel that night, then took myself out for a long walk.   I needed some quiet processing time.

On my travels, I came across a perfect, quiet, wine bar, and took myself in for a sit down... Whilst sitting there reflecting, it dawned on me that these wax portraits were like a missing piece of a giant puzzle.   It was all slotting into place.

I had seen, and dreamt, about those elusive skin tones created in encaustic wax...

I used to copy faces from magazines when I was a teenager, (some of my pictures from the 80's below!) I would spend hours up in my room, happily drawing away.  I hadn’t done it in years.

Suddenly all of those pencil drawings, and all of the encaustic wax abstract work I’d created... learning, and understanding the different application techniques... all made sense.   I'd just never known how to marry the two.

It was quite a moment....

I raised a rather lovely glass of rose blush to myself and grinned like somebody who had just won the lottery...!

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Thankfully one of the other girls joined me at this point, which made me look slightly less like a mad woman out on day release...!

The rest of the week turned into a blur, we used cold wax techniques, and different methods of making mediums, colours and media.

The week ended with a lovely lunch, some pink champagne to round the afternoon off, and lots of fond farewells.   I'm sure we will all stay in touch.

My hubby very kindly came and picked me up, so I didn’t have to battle with my cases and newly painted art works on the hour and a half train and tube journey back across London.   It was a beautiful warm, sunny April day.  Just perfect.  I smiled and sang all the way home.

(I left with a half finished painting, which I haven’t got back to since getting home… Never underestimate booking that creative time out!)

Special thanks to Lora and the other attendees for helping me to fill in those missing blanks.

I will be updating my next blog with more about the location, and what I got up to when I skipped class for a morning soon!

If you want to view these new portraits, I will be exhibiting these, and more during Bucks Open Studios, Thursday 15th - Monday 19th June 2017. 12noon-5pm daily.  St John's Church, London Road, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 2RU.   Or contact me for more info.

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The past few months have been turbulent to say the least…  I've at times felt like I was in a washing machine on fast spin...!

Moving out of my studio at the end of March was a difficult decision, but I was unable to take advance bookings not knowing if the studio would be available for workshops, and marketing of open days etc. so my best decision was to leave.

I will always be very fond of my time there...

As it's always good to reflect on where you've been, I've added a few photographs of my time at the Stables Studios... I've enjoyed the trip down memory lane....

New Studio 22nd Jan 2013

New Studio 22nd January 2013

My first cup of coffee!

You can read a blog about when these pictures were taken, written on my two year anniversary, moving in day was quite an adventure in itself....

Studio January 2015

I used to joke "Would Angela notice if I moved that partition across one inch at a time"?!

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Feb 2016... Shall I or shan't I take the whole space on...?

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March 2016 - Yep... Lets do it....

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We had so many fun workshops in that studio

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Open Days and Visitors...

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Countless cups of tea, coffee and prosecco!

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31st March 2017 - Suddenly all packed up

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31st March 2017 - There was some stuff to move, that was a long day...!

Luckily, we have recently been building an extension and loft conversion, so I have taken over what was to be a bit of a chill out room as a temporary studio space whilst I consider my next options.

Although we have this new space to move into, much of the building work is still not finished, so my equipment is all packed away, under dust sheets, which makes it interesting when doing demos and workshops, having to locate all of the items that I would normally just be able to put my hands on…   But, everything is there, so do continue to get in touch for supplies and equipment.

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I have a temporary little room I am currently painting in, on a fold up picnic table, so I haven't stopped painting, but as you can imagine, I can't wait to get this all sorted out very soon, as it's a bit cramped compared to what I'd been used to...!

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So, this is where I'm currently at....

I have lots of ideas bubbling away in my head on my next steps, but my plan for now, is just to finish, and complete, many of the jobs that have been on my to do list for far too long…

New online courses, click and pay online, development of the Arty Heaven website and so on…  oh and a new kitchen would be pretty handy too.............

Then and only then will I properly start scheming my next move…!

So, for now, occasional workshops will be held at external locations, and I will continue to show my work....

The next Exhibition will be for Bucks Open Studios from 15th - 19th June, at St John's Church Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RU.

and do continue to contact me for wax supplies, art and cards.

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