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I’ve taught encaustic workshops for many yearsPresto Square Griddle using pancake griddles as the hot palettes, so I’ve become pretty opinionated about the type I like. I have a wonderful R&F Paints heated palette which I love, but since most students won’t be able to get that right away I like to teach with what they’re likely to have at home.

My favorite griddle brands are Rival and Presto because they last for years and offer fairly even heat which is important when painting with wax. I was almost tempted this time by another brand offering a white ceramic surface which would be great for mixing colors, but the reviews were not terrific, specifically mentioning uneven heat. So off I went to get my new griddles. It was a pretty funny trip because you get some strange looks at the store when you buy pancake griddles in bulk!

I was disappointed not to find the type I love but then I realized I had stumbled upon something even better: a square griddle (easier to reach everything if you’re shorter like me or can’t stand while you paint) with a tiny drainage area (which keeps any wax you’re mixing on the palette from falling into the drain) and a warming tray attachment that can be removed and replaced with a wooden dowel to create a handy paintbrush holder.

I’ve just replaced all of my griddles with this style for my upcoming classes, so I’m excited to try them out!

Brush holder

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Linda Robertson is the author of the Embracing Encaustic Book series and she offers live encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes.

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Treat yourself to some fun before the end of the year in one of my live classes:

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Surface Design with Stencils

Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Tuesday, Oct. 21. All levels welcome.

Special Effects with Dry Pigments (New!)
Saturday, Oct. 25. Intermediate level class.

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, Nov. 1 or Dec. 6. All levels welcome.

Surface Design with Stencils
Saturday, Nov. 8, Intermediate level class.

Encaustic Monotypes & Paper Lanterns (New!)
Saturday, Nov. 15. All levels welcome.

Capture Memories with Encaustic Collage
Saturday, Jan. 10, All levels welcome.

View class photos, descriptions and register at the link below. For most classes all supplies are included and no experience is necessary. These classes will be held in my private studio in  Portland, Oregon.

>> View my complete class schedule here, including online classes for those of you not in Portland

So that’s it for another Wax Week! I only do these 5 day intensive classes once or twice a year and it’s always exciting for me to watch such an enthusiastic community of artists bound by wax. I usually have students from several states and this session was no different except that several of them could claim many states as their home since they happened to be in transition. No matter, everyone came with an open mind, an open heart and kind words for their fellow artists.

Dorothy, Sandy and Mary sharing a laugh

Dorothy, Sandy and Mary sharing a laugh

A bird theme seemed to appear pretty quickly! This is by Sandy.

A bird theme seemed to appear pretty quickly! This is by Sandy.

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Mary with her hummingbirds

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Sandy’s hummingbirds

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Dorothy’s owl

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Leslie, Dorothy and Sandy adding texture to their work

Shannon's texture tools getting a workout!

Shannon’s texture tools getting a workout!

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Textured landscape by Leslie

Shannon's beautiful work with texture

It’s safe to say that Shannon especially loved adding texture!

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Sandy fusing with the heat gun

Lunch under the trees

Lunch under the trees

Shannon is back to work on image transfers. What a change in mood!

Shannon is back to work on image transfers. What a change in mood!

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Mary’s Garden

Sandy's collage

Sandy’s collage

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A toast to end a wonderful week!

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Thanks Sandy, Mary, Shannon, Dorothy and Leslie for an exciting week.

New techniques learned, exciting art created and new friendships formed. I love to see everyone swapping contact info before they leave. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

I’m planning my Wax Week dates for 2015 now! If you’re interested in joining us please sign up for my free newsletter to be notified when dates are finalized. I hope to see you in Portland soon!

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Linda Robertson offers live encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

I’m thrilled to make my big announcement — my new video workshops are now available online at RobertsonWorkshops.com!

Our online video classes bring an art teacher with international experience right into your studio. Work at your own pace, get personalized instruction, and interact with a community of like-minded artists. Best of all, every class is just $49 US with six months of access to videos and the class community.

I’ve been teaching in-person in my studio and around the country for years, but availability has always been limited to a handful of students per class. At the same time, so many of you have expressed interest in my workshops over the years with the regret that you live too far away to join me. To solve both of these problems my husband Bill and I decided to offer video classes, delivered online.

Here’s How it Works

  • All videos are available immediately so you can work at your own pace.
  • Your purchase gives you six months of access to the videos starting the moment you purchase the class.
  • The class includes an online forum where you can chat with the instructor and other students, share photos of your work in progress and post finished work.
  • The instructor will answer forum questions several times daily for the first 7 days of each month.
  • You’ll also benefit from discussions with all of the other students throughout the duration of the class.

For those of you who haven’t tried encaustic painting before the new web site even includes a free video on how to set up your own encaustic studio.

Join our mailing list to be notified when new classes are added (click link and look in right column).

Can you help me spread the word?

Please forward this link to a friend or two who you think might be interested. I’ve announced this on FaceBook and Twitter recently too, so if you see those posts please “like” them or retweet. Many thanks…

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RobertsonWorkshops.com online video classes bring Linda Robertson, an art teacher with international experience, right into your studio. Work at your own pace and watch the videos as many times as you want for a whole year.

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My Books: Embracing Encaustic Series

There are now two books under the Embracing Encaustic title, Learning to Paint with Beeswax and the new title Advanced Techniques for Mixing Media, each focusing on specific encaustic techniques. Between the two books there are a total of 70 artists who share their work, reveal their personal painting methods and explain why they are compelled to make the work they do.Find out more and purchase them online here.

Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax
By Linda Robertson

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