Encaustic Essentials: A Foundational Workshop

Headed West From East, Encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Full refund by February 1, 2024. If you want to be on the waiting list, please contact me


February 17-18, 2024 In-person in Carlsbad

Registration deadline: February 5, 2024

Who Should Attend: New to Encaustic, Want to Build on Your Encaustic Practice  |  Class size: 8

9:00 am to 3:00 pm


If you ever wanted to uncover the mystery and magic of encaustic, this foundational workshop is tailored specifically for you. In this two-day workshop, you’ll explore your creativity while learning about this most versatile medium.

Starting with the safety precautions and setting up your own studio to completing an encaustic painting from your newly acquired knowledge and skills, you’ll learn step-by-step the fundamentals necessary for a successful painting, And, you’ll be with an experienced encaustic painter to guide you through the processes. 

What you’ll learn:

• How to set up your own encaustic studio

• The safety and temperature musts

• What materials to use

• How to make encaustic medium and gesso

• The unique aspects of opaque and transparent colors

• Ins and outs of using a heat gun, torch or iron

• Encaustic painting techniques, layering, fusing, inlay, stencils, scraping, imbedding material

• Best ways to use oil stick, oil, India ink and pan pastel 

Supplied materials: One 8 x 8 in. cradled panel, encaustic medium, encaustic paints, hot palette, pan pastels, oil sticks, razor blades, India ink, graphite

Materials you’ll bring: Cradled panels no larger than 12 x 12 in. (2), favorite encaustic paints and R&F oil sticks, pottery tools for scraping, blue painters tape, variety of brushes (not nylon or synthetic) Optional: hake brushes, colored India inks, pan pastel, graphite, charcoal, apron, pencil/pen, notebook, snack  

Fee: $395

A few nice words said about my workshops.

We were surrounded by beautiful art in a bright and airy studio, spacious workstations and an abundance of supplies. Nanette is such a joy to have as an instructor. She demonstrated the techniques to make prints and transfers then guided us personally to design our own work.
Mary R.
Oceanside, CA
I loved learning new skills, working with new mediums and expanding my horizons. She understood the individuality of each person and met them "where we were at in our own work." This encaustic monotype workshop did just that!
Kay C.
San Diego, CA
Loved this workshop! Nanette's ability to share her wonder and passion for encaustics in inspiring! We had plenty of time and freedom to explore with her support. I like that we were a small, intimate group.
Stephanie F.
Albuquerque, NM