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Tools Of The Trade - Metal Dropper

Elizabeth Schowachert

Tools Of The Trade - Metal Dropper

There are a number of tools that I cannot live without in my studio, the metal dropper is one of those tools. Over the years I have tried a lot of different methods to "draw" and make lines with encaustic medium. It can be a challenge, because the wax cools quickly making it difficult to control. I really like working with a metal dropper. You can control the flow of wax, make very specific marks, and line work. I keep the droppers in a metal tin on the hot pallet. This keeps the droppers hot and also helps to keep your hot palette...

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What qualities are important when choosing an Asian calligraphy brush?

Elizabeth Schowachert

What qualities are important when choosing an Asian calligraphy brush?

Like most artists, I place a lot of value on the quality of tools and materials I use in my art practice. That is why I have such deep appreciation for the handmade brushes that I aquire in Taiwan. They are all beautifully made, using only natural, high quality materials. You can see and feel the difference, between a truly high quality brush and the cheaper alternatives. I thought it might be helpful to share the important features to consider when evaluating an Asian calligraphy brush.  A good Asian calligraphy brush should have four qualities:SHARPNESS — The brush should have a fine...

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My Most Recent Taipei Adventures

Elizabeth Schowachert

My Most Recent Taipei Adventures

Everytime I travel to Taiwan I feel like I make a new and exciting discovery. Whether it is a delicious bowl of beef noodle soup, ( 牛肉面, Niúròu miàn) or a store that specializes in nothing but handmade calligraphy brushes, each trip brings something different and deepens my appreciation for Taiwan's people, culture and cities. My love of beautiful handmade/natural treasures and the fact that I am a practicing artist make handmade calligraphy brushes especially appealing. This trip, I found a small store tucked away in an unlikely place, between shops selling car parts and piping, that sells nothing but Sumi Ink, Ink Stones and Handmade Calligraphy Brushes.  All of...

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A New Year Begins...

Elizabeth Schowachert

A New Year Begins...

Happiness and Freedom "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" is commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School. It translates to "May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." It is a powerful chant that focuses on living a life as a servant to the greater good. It encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony, not only among other humans but with nature as well. As someone who believes in protecting this earth of ours, and feels a deep...

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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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