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Encaustic Workshop with Sherrie Posternak

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this exciting 2-day Transferred and Embedded Imagery with Encaustic workshop with Sherrie Posternak. We had a talented group of students, who were eager and excited to learn this unique process. Thank you to Sherrie Posternak for teaching this workshop!

First, students were taught how to transfer their photos onto boards, using seven different types of printed surfaces, three methods of transferring, and six different ways of “sealing in” their transfers.

They also spend time learning how to correctly do a “dammed” pour which prepares for the transfer. One characteristic of encaustic medium lends itself well to receiving transferred or embedded images.

These techniques enhance the ability of the artist to represent ideas using layering, perspective, and graphics. Sherrie Posternak uses transferred and embedded images extensively in her work, and has advanced experimentation with a large variety of materials and methods.

We have new workshops at Art Intersection nearly every month, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a new unique process! Our next workshop is Tri-Color Gum Printing with Diana Bloomfield

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Transferred and Embedded Imagery with Encaustic, with Sherrie Posternak

Join us for an exciting workshop at Art Intersection and learn the techniques of transferred and embedded imagery with encaustic, with Sherrie Posternak.

In this 2-day workshop with Sherrie Posternak, you will play with your photo transfers on sample boards, using seven different types of printed surfaces, three methods of transferring, and six different ways of “sealing in” your transfers.

You will also spend time learning how to correctly do a “dammed” pour which prepares for the transfer. You will then transfer other materials besides photo imagery, such as oil pastels, metallic foil, and charcoal pencils, onto both smooth and textured, clear and colored surfaces. 

The Process

The medium of encaustic -beeswax plus resin (sometimes with added pigment)- marries well with many other materials and techniques. One characteristic of encaustic medium lends itself well to receiving transferred or embedded images. These techniques enhance the ability of the artist to represent ideas using layering, perspective, and graphics. Sherrie Posternak uses transferred and embedded images extensively in her work, and has advanced experimentation with a large variety of materials and methods.

Using the students’ and instructor’s imagery printed on sumi paper, habotai silk, Japanese tissue, and commercial napkins, you will embed images into wooden panel bases which have received an “overpour” of encaustic medium. Students will learn the over pour technique as well as the adherence and “setting” techniques necessary to form a strong bond between the encaustic medium and the printed materials. Multiple overlaying embeds will create visual dimension, and the top layer may even receive a transfer.

In addition to working on sample boards for transferring and embedding, participants will have the opportunity to combine their skills and sensibility in at least one finished piece.

Sherrie Posternak – Artist Biography

Sherrie Posternak began her encaustic practice in 2007, and has had solo and group shows in the U.S. and Mexico. She has also curated or juried various gallery exhibits. She teaches workshops in all phases of the encaustic practice. She self-published a catalogue on the topic of her 2010 art installation “A Memorial for El Tomate.” Her thoughts appear in various magazine articles and blog interviews. Images of Sherrie’s art are in the gallery section of the E-book “Contemporary Paper and Encaustic” by Catherine Nash, and Volume I of Linda Robertson’s revised E-book “Embracing Encaustic.”