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Mark Making - Materials and Tools

Elizabeth Schowachert Fine Art Handmade brushes Ink on paper

Mark Making - Materials and Tools

  Touch Image above and you will be routed to YouTube.... Making marks that have energy, rhythm and are visually interesting is not easy to do (at least not for me). I sometimes feel stiff and uncoordinated when working with india ink on paper. It is funny how simplicity can be sodifficult, a limited pallet (black ink) makes each mark matter. If something is off, there is no hiding it, the message has to be clear, direct and made with intent. Something that helps me loosen up and create more interesting marks, is to work with non-traditional  brushes (like the Rooster Feather...

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Combining Techniques, Materials and Ideas

Elizabeth Schowachert Encaustic Fine Art Incising Metal Dropper Organic

Combining Techniques, Materials and Ideas

I am a person who likes to explore, experiment and discover with my art process. One of the things that I find most exciting about encaustic is the almost unlimited ways you can work with it. It opens up so many possibilities, and makes the process of making art, inspiring and interesting at the same time.  In this post I will share some different techniques I use when combining organic elements with something representational, a Koi fish.  My approach to creating a painting usually starts with a specific idea or concept and I strive to make sure that every element...

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Leaving Her Mark, The Work Of Deanna Wood

Elizabeth Schowachert Deanna Wood Encaustic Fine Art

Leaving Her Mark, The Work Of Deanna Wood

I believe deep down most of us hope that we will leave some kind of mark on this earth. Whether it is held within the children we raise, or those we have touched in some way, a mark of ourselves that remains after we are gone. As artists, our journey through life is often communicated to others through our work, the ideas, feelings, and experiences, articulated visually for all to see. The work, is one of the marks we leave, for others to interpret, appreciate and contemplate...long after we are gone. While Deanna's work in her series "Personal Space" is an articulation of the "marks" that have...

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Tools Of The Trade | Part 2 Incising

Elizabeth Schowachert Encaustic Fine art Incising Metal Dropper

Tools Of The Trade | Part 2 Incising

In my last blog I talked about the various tools that one can use to make incisions when working with encaustic medium. There are a lot of options out there, what I am going to cover today is just a few of the different methods that you can use to fill an incision with encaustic medium. I will also address how to clean off the excess wax after filling the incision. If you know you want to add filled incisions to your work then it is important to make sure that you prepare your surface so that the incisions will...

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Finding Peace Through The Creative Process

Elizabeth Schowachert Encaustic Fine art Nature Organic

Finding Peace Through The Creative Process

How do you meditate? Are you able to find a quiet space and release yourself to a place that takes you away, clears your mind and in general creates true inner peace? For me, painting is how I meditate, I find that I can best center myself, and relax, when I work. I find peace and a certain tranquility that I cannot find elsewhere. I feel very lucky to have this outlet, this way to find my center. My work has been and continues to be centered around  organic images that are connected in some way to nature. I think that is...

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