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The Joy Of Making

Elizabeth Schowachert

The Joy Of Making

Creating art is an essential part of who I am. I have realized lately though that I also really enjoy making. Making is not all that different than painting, it involves design, process, problem solving and composition. I have recently been making handmade art brushes, using found, natural materials (driftwood that I found on my recent trip to Northern California).  (Click on picture to link to store) I find that I really connect with the materials I am using, working to create something that is beautiful and functional. The idea is to inspire and disrupt. The disruption comes from using something new,...

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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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The Push and Pull of Concept - The Meaning Behind The Art

Elizabeth Schowachert

The Push and Pull of Concept - The Meaning Behind The Art

Over the last year I have expanded my art practice to include working on paper with ink and other media. This has been a gradual process integrating in new materials/media and the ideas/inspiration that comes with that.  At first I felt a bit like a cheating spouse. Encaustic has been my sole working medium for a number of years, and one that I feel extremely close to. That may sound a bit strange, but I really do feel a kind of bond with the wax, the heat, the process and the end results. Encaustic gave me the ability to visually...

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How To Use Instagram To Build Your Brand

Elizabeth Schowachert

How To Use Instagram To Build Your Brand

Social Media is a powerful tool that can be used to gain exposure and develop your brand(s). Most people are familiar with Facebook and are active users of this platform. Instagram (IG) however, seems to be a bit more of a mystery for some in terms of how to best use and leverage this Social Media platform. First,what is Instagram? "Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing site that enables its users to take pictures and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and...

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Making Mixed Media Scrolls

Elizabeth Schowachert

Making Mixed Media Scrolls

Paper and encaustic medium make interesting and beautiful partners when combined. There are numerous ways to work with encaustic medium and paper, in this post I will concentrate mainly on applying directly to a finished work on paper, as opposed to adhering to a panel (which is something I also do). One thing you might be wondering is why do it at all - apply wax to paper? The paper I used in this example is a handmade scroll paper 13.75X53 inches (made in Taiwan), it has a silky soft feel, it is delicate, while still having the strength to hold up...

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