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 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.”
The platinum/palladium process is one of the most beautiful and archival processes, and in this workshop, you will create platinum/palladium prints from your images. Ryuijie will teach a one-day workshop about this luminous 19th century process in the Art Intersection Photographic Arts Lab and the participants will take home two to three prints of their images.
As a participant, you will send digital files of black and white images to us and we will create a digital negative adjusted for Ryuijie’s process. You will hand-coat fine art paper with the light-sensitive solution and expose the sanitized paper through your digital negative using one of our UV light sources. After processing the exposed paper, you will have your photograph on a platinum/palladium print.
Join us at Art Intersection and get reacquainted with Polaroid film by learning the emulsion lift technique! In this one-day workshop, Ernesto Esquer will guide you through the entire emulsion lift process.
You will start with a freshly exposed Polaroid made using pictures from your smart phone, slicing it open before it fully dries, peeling it apart carefully from the negative, and then submerging the positive in boiling water. This releases the exceptionally delicate material from the acetate, which we will then manipulate to a shape or form of your desire onto an array of substrates.
No prior experience with instant film is needed and all levels of photography are welcomed.
You will also learn:
What film materials are currently available to buy
How to get a usable exposure
Properly cutting and peeling apart the film
What different types of paper to use as well as other surfaces
Advanced techniques that will spur experimentation and creativity!
Please join us for this fun and in-depth emulsion lift workshop!
Artist Bio – Ernesto Esquer
Ernesto Esquer is a photographic artist and printer from Tucson, Arizona. He actively works in all aspects of traditional darkroom photography and various alternative processes including cyanotype and lumen prints. He has extensive experience working with instant film including materials made by Polaroid, Fujifilm, and Impossible Project (now Polaroid Originals) and teaches instant film manipulations. He often combines processes or materials in attempt to transform a photograph into a precious object.
He received his BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and is currently the Laboratory Specialist of Photography at Pima Community College. His first book In No Time, featuring a collection of hand colored or toned gelatin silver prints, was released by Dark Spring Press in 2017. He is represented by the Ryan Gallery at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona and Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California.
This two day workshop of tri-color gum printing was a huge success, each and every student that attended left with beautiful images. Thank you to Diana Bloomfield for teaching this amazing process! To learn more about upcoming workshops make sure to check out our Events tab.
This one day workshop of photopolymer gravure making was packed full of eager to learn students. This trial-and-error process allowed students to created magnificent and unique prints that captured the eye.
This alternative printmaking process translates photographic detail into ink on paper, allowing for more creative freedom, and resulting in unparalleled beauty.
Photogravure Learn the art of photopolymer gravure printing in this one-day workshop! Using light-sensitive steel-backed Solarplates, participants will create 4 x 5 gravure etching prints from their photographs. This environmentally friendly process translates photographic detail into ink on paper with unparalleled beauty.
No prior experience with printmaking is required. All necessary aspects of printmaking will be discussed including choosing inks, papers, and wiping material. Wiping and inking techniques will be covered. Be prepared to marvel at the way your photograph is transformed through ink on paper!
The making of digital positives will be discussed, but for the workshop itself, please send one color or black and white image file (300 dpi at 10” on the long side) to be made into a digital positive prior to the workshop. An email with details will be provided once you are registered.
All materials for this workshop are included in the registration fee.
Here is a brief outline of the process that will be presented in this workshop:
Starting with your digital photograph, a 4 x 5 transparency positive will be made
The positive is then laid on top of the light sensitive polymer plate and exposed to UV light
Washing the plate in water etches the image onto the plate
Once hardened, the plate is hand inked using water-soluble intaglio inks
The inked plate is then run through an etching press onto dampened paper
You take home 3 photogravure prints of your image
About Karen Hymer For the past five years Karen Hymer, an artist and educator based out of Silver City, New Mexico, has ventured into the world of printmaking – exploring imagery in the form of photopolymer gravures. Her current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Hymer’s richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. The decontextualized close-ups of the body and decaying plants reveal a poetic beauty in these often-over-looked subjects.
Michael Puff presents a printing process combining a Cyan-Magenta-Yellow digital print on watercolor paper with the beautiful, warm tones of palladium for the Black layer. This wonderful process connects today’s digital, color imagery with the unique properties of the nineteenth-century palladium darkroom process.
In this workshop you will print using your color digital images, create and print color separations and digital negatives, and coat, expose, and develop the palladium over layer. You will print the CMY (cyan-yellow-magenta) portion of your images onto a watercolor paper, and then finish the Black layer using palladium in the darkroom with a K (black) separated digital negative.
By the end of the workshop you will have created several prints using this beautiful process.