Last week I hosted a 5-day Wax Week Mixed Media workshop in my Portland, Oregon studio. I usually travel across the country offering this workshop at schools like Idyllwild Arts in California and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee, but I needed some time off from all the packing and unpacking so I invited students to come visit me this year.

Students from Washington, California, Colorado and Texas joined in the fun working with encaustic paint, paper, pastels, stamps, pigment sticks, inks, encaustic monotypes, wax scrolls and more! Here are a few photographs from the June session.

If you missed this Wax Week class you have another chance in August when the weather in Portland will be spectacular for a visit. Come join us!

Dawn adds texture and color to her panel

A few of the 5 foot long wax scrolls we created, Karen on left, Laura on right

Karen attaches a dowel to her scroll for easy hanging

Some of the students Beautiful Backgrounds which were later waxed

Joy selecting her paint colors

Working with encaustic monotypes (wax prints on paper)

Laura’s cut and collaged monotype Buddha

Joy’s work proves that simple can be powerful

Margo’s love of texture really brought this painting to life!

Using postcards for inspiration

Dawn discovered her own style and palette throughout the week

Laura adds Joss Paper for a little sparkle of gold

Creating depth: Margo had about 10 good paintings, one atop another here!

Laura’s beautiful pigment stick landscape

Karen and Laura toast a job well done!

If you’ve never been to Portland, here’s a great video to help you with a few more reasons to visit Oregon this summer!


Linda Womack offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at