How to use Instagram as your photo inspiration storage

I have found that I am always having trouble locating photos that I take with my phone and can never find them again.

So I now use Instagram as a tool to help me keep my files organized also not have to worry about running out of storage.

I just snap a photo in Instagram and I just make a hashtag for it. Yep, that is so easy. So I just snap- create the hashtag- for example: #ajquilts or #ajideas. So then I can just go back into Instagram type in the search menu my hashtag and there are all my photos. Now I use to have #ajheart but other people used the same hashtag, so be unique so that you can just locate your own photos. Here is a quick video to explain it all.


Make a Color Wheel

When artists start out with encaustic, the first comment is “How many colors do I buy and the paint is so costly?” What everyone fails to remember is that color theory and mixing still applies. When the wax medium is melted it is in a liquid form. Just like any other painting medium. In watercolor you have pigment that mixes with water, acrylic mixes with matte/gloss gel medium, oil paints with linseed oil or liquin and encaustic mixes with encaustic medium or beeswax. You just have to stop thinking in wet and dry, to solid and melted. Once the colors are melted and liquid you can mix your colors. Remember encaustic pigments are made from the same pigments as oil paints, just instead of being in oil, the pigment is in encaustic medium.

For this exercise you will need Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Phthalo Blue and Alizarin Crimson. I have been told that this is an exotic palette, so I blame that on living in South Florida. You will also need a matte board, brushes and a heated palette.

R&F Encaustic Paints
R&F Encaustic Paints

These are the large bricks but you can purchase the smaller size.

So gather your paints and follow along.

Here is the videos from YouTube to follow along

My first “RED” dot in my home town

I was hesitant to enter anymore local art shows.  But I was working in the studio and was really at a cross roads. I had 3 ideas but was not sure which way to go.  So when I saw the call to artists for the 12 x 12 show at Artserve in Fort Lauderdale, I decided t enter. The reason was, if one piece sold, well then that would be the series I would work on.  Of course I assumed that a piece would sell (even though I have also many times have been rejected and not sold) But I sold 2 pieces.  

But it was interesting because the piece that I wanted to do a series on (a look that I have done before) was the piece that did not sell.


So the red pieces sold. Maybe it was a theme


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Magazine Paper transfer onto Wax

I have tons of fashion magazine at the house. I was a 7th Ave. Fashion Designer and a Retail Executive for a famous department store, and I admit that I LUV FASHION.  I grew up in the “garment center” and yes I am what you would call an original “Garmento”.   I had my dream and career and now I can focus on other things, like art.  But I still cannot resist going through all the glossy magazines and looking at all those red bottom shoes.

So what do I do with all the magazines. Recycle them into my artwork. Since I do not like images in my work, but I like mosaic, patterns and colors.

This video will show you how to use glossy magazines and transfer the color into encaustic wax.

How to transfer magazine paper onto wax

Experimenting with transfers

I get bored very easily with my work. I start a piece, thinking it would become a series and then I complete one piece and decide I don’t want to do another in the series. Or I start the second piece and it just is not like the first piece. I think I just fall in love with the first piece and that is that. So I thought back in my art career and the only time that I never got tired of similar techniques is when I work in shapes or collage type pieces. So I thought to combine 2 things, collage of shapes, with transfers of solid color from magazines.

As a former “fashion” person I still get every fashion and decor magazine to my house. I love them. My husband says that I would never be alone, as long as they keep publishing Vogue. I love my rainy days with my big cup of coffee and my fashion mags. Sorry but once a fashion girl, always a fashion girl. So I have tons of media to work with.

I teach encaustics and always demo transfers to the students, but I never loved it. Part is that I don’t like using anothers image in my work. But transfering color from the magazine is almost like when I did the citrasolve on the magazine paper.

So here is the start of it. Just cutting shapes of color and seeing how to apply it. So far so good. May not lead to anything, but this is sure great for my OCD.


I am in LUV with these boards

Finally was able to work in the studio today and tried out the Ampersand Encausticbord.  I filmed the video at 3pm and I have not stopped working in the studio 6 hours later.

In the video I used the small boards, but I also have a 24×24 board and when I unwrapped the board, I could not stop rubbing my hands over the surface. WOW!!! Ampersand and R&F really made a great product. I no longer will have to prep my clayboards with encaustic gesso.

So I started working on the large board and all I can say is that I finally felt that my work and the board are now one.  I know that may sound odd, but I always felt that my wax was just laying on top of my boards. No matter how much I fused.

I also like the white finish, as I always use a white ground in my work.

Besides the texture, the wax and the surface just work together. For those who have ever worked on a board that you would layer and fuse, and fuse and fuse, you may know what I am talking about.

My only problem is that there is not a local distributor in South Florida. I just hate paying for shipping.


New Encaustic Boards…

So I huge box shows up at my house on my birthday. What could it be.


Ampersand Art sent me a box filled with their new encaustic panels. I cannot wait to try them out. So thank you Ampersand for the panels (the best birthday gift ever)


So heating up the wax, stay tuned for the review….

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