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Intersections - New Adventures In Montana

Elizabeth schowachert

Intersections - New Adventures In Montana

Sunset View We recently moved from Dallas Texas to Bigfork Montana, a small town located adjacent to Flathead lake. It is an incredibly beautiful place, and we are so enjoying being here, living here! Over the past few years, I have been primarily working with Bamboo to make my brush handles. Bamboo is a fabulous material, it is beautiful, plentiful, and versatile. I really enjoy working with it, transforming it into something functional and beautiful. Now I find myself immersed in an environment where there are so many interesting new materials that I will be able to use, I see many...

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Sally Hirst Reviews My Cold Wax Tools

Elizabeth schowachert

Sally Hirst Reviews My Cold Wax Tools

I was thrilled when Elizabeth got in touch and asked if I would review a selection of her CWM tools. For those readers new to CWM it’s worth stating that most artists lay down paint with a spreader, brayer or palette knife before working into the paint with tools that create textures, or scraping to reveal under-layers of paint. It is possible to use brushes to apply the paint but they need to be very stiff to push the paint around, and in my experience, they clog too easily

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Connecting to Taiwan Through The Kyoto Journal

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Connecting to Taiwan Through The Kyoto Journal

Recently, I was featured in The Kyoto Journal’s December Issue.  If you are not familiar with The Kyoto Journal it is "a quarterly magazine based in Kyoto, Japan. Its subtitle, Perspectives from Asia, reflects its commitment to ‘local voices, from all over Asia’ and ‘ideas that illuminate cultural differences in a positive way, that promote intercultural understanding via specifics, not generalities.’ " (source Wikipedia 01/2020). The journal is a gem and provides great cultural insights from all over Asia. I encourage you to check it out further, you won't be disappointed.  Being featured in The Kyoto Journal was a true honor,...

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Encaustic Monotypes and Silicone Tools - What's So Great About Them? :)

Elizabeth schowachert

Encaustic Monotypes and Silicone Tools - What's So Great About Them? :)

I really enjoy working on the HotBox creating encaustic monotypes. The freedom of movement I feel and the immediacy of the process is something that really appeals to me. There is no waiting around for paint to dry, just lay down an image that you feel is worthy of a piece of a good paper and off you go. When I first started working on the Roland Hotbox I felt limited by the lack of painting tools that I could find in the market. This gap motivated me to design a number of silicone tools that could be used to paint on the HotBox. My first tools were...

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How to Care For Your Sumi-e Paint Brush

Elizabeth schowachert

How to Care For Your Sumi-e Paint Brush

In this post I am sharing the most important aspects of cleaning and caring for my handcrafted sumi-e paint brushes.

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