Fusing with the Hot Iron

When I walked into the vendor room at Monserrat College, there was a table with small irons that I have seen from the UK. Every demo that I have seen on the internet show this little iron, making landscape and floral paintings. Since my work is abstract I never thought of any use for this tiny iron. When I experiment at home, I have used a small travel iron, but have found that I can’t do anything but make a mess. So when Iwalked into my class this morning and saw that the iron demo was with this little aqua handled iron that I had already put on my list as do not bother with, I was in for a big surprised.

Teaching the class is Andrea Bird from Canada, and the AMAZING things that she showed us that you could do with this iron was beyond amazing. Of course I could not wait for the demo to be over, just so I could run back over to her booth to purchase my iron.  Here is the link to her site http://www.waxworkencaustics.com  for info on her and her iron. She also had encaustic medium that her son produces and it had the best label I have seen.

Andrea demonstrated how to make drips flat- I know that sounds odd, but flat drips just look great.

Here are pictures of the demo that Andrea pre

demostrating flat drips
demostrating flat drips
collage with iron
collage with iron
texture created with the iron
texture created with the iron

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Andrea Bird
Andrea Bird
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Friday I arrived at Monserrat

My flight arrived 30 minutes early into Logan Airport. I was surprised at how chilly it is up here in New England. Living in South Florida for 15 years has thinned my blood. So I have arrived at the Third National Encaustic Art Conference at Monserrat College of Art located in Beverly, MA.

Since Friday is an open Demostration day, I decided to stop by and say hello to Paula Roland. I have taken 2 workshops with Paula and I encourage everyone to go. You can find the link on this site. Paula also won honorable mention in the show that the college curated.(2 of her 3 paintings are shown in this post)

Here is a photo of Paula demonstrating monotype on her “HOT BOX”. The other photo is of her artwork that is hanging at the 301 Cabot Street gallery

Paula at the Hot Box
Paula at the Hot Box
2 pieces from the 301 gallery
2 pieces from the 301 gallery

All set for Monserrat

I just finalized my travel plans to attend the National Encaustic Conference in Monserrat. I can’t wait. I have not done any work in the studio since last November. Since I have a full-time non-art career that has been taking up ALL of my time. So I hope that this trip will get me back into the studio.