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Jennifer Merdede

Jennifer Mercede

Jennifer Mercede

Jennifer Mercede

Jennifer Mercede

Deep Paths and Images: Encaustic Transfers with Sculptural Tendencies
with Jess Greene

2-Day Workshop, July 13-14, 2013
in Studio CRESCENDOh

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." —Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever been mesmerized by the color and texture of the surface of the earth as seen from an airplane? Do you consciously allow the paths you have walked in this lifd to influence your art? What would it look like to capture the infinite possibility of the future landscape of your life?

Through the use of encaustic - hot wax - we will create our own pieces of "earth" on which to engrave the pathways of our personal experiences and then transfer images representing the places, people, and experiences that have shaped our lives.

For the first part of Day One, we will be focused on mastering the usage of encaustic to capture both the broad strokes and the intimate details. In this section you will learn the techniques of scraping, stenciling, accretion, and incising. You will also have the option of embedding papers for collage if you wish.

For the second part of Day One, we will learn various transfer techniques including photo transfers, charcoal transfers, and other dry transfers. You will master combining these transfers also.

On Day Two, we will dive into pouring thin layers of wax to achieve depth and thickness, embedding chunks of scraped wax to create mountainous landscapes, scraping away the wax to create valleys and "rivers" and adding photo transfers into various layers to fully capture the interrelatedness of our personal experiences and the landscapes of our souls.

The rest of Day Two will be time for you to complete and integrate all you have learned about encaustic, transfers, and your journey. Together we will explore the rich possibilities of wax as an exceptional medium for capturing our complex and rich personal landscapes.


  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, and settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Jess who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Jess who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

SUPPLY LIST: Students should bring the following to class:

  • 5-6 Absorbant Supports in assorted sizes/dimensions; 6 x 6 inches minimum and 12 x 12 inches maximum. Birch plywood (cut yourself or buy cradled), Ampersand Clayboard or Encaustibord or luan (unfinished wood or Ampersand products provide proper absorbancy. My favorites are linked.
  • Photocopied Images - must be PHOTOCOPIES from a copy shop (Staples, Kinkos, etc) of traditional photos or images from your printer. Ink-based images WILL NOT WORK! Must be toner-based copies. Laser prints should also work.
  • Any scraping/carving tools you already own. I will have some that students can use.
  • Heat gun (If you already own one. Not everyone needs one.)

NOTE: A $20 materials fee will be collected from each student during class to cover all of of the wax, brushes, and tools and other mediums that teacher provides.


  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

Learn more about Jess here.

Price :: 210


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