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Encaustic Collage Weekend Workshop
with Betsy Schairer

This 2 day workshop is open to all levels - Beginners are welcome.

Saturday & Sunday June 29th & 30th 10:00am - 5:00pm

$400 + $80 material fee

Encaustic Beeswax Collage by Betsy Schairer
Encaustic Collage with Betsy Schairer at Black Barn Fine Art Studio in Kingston Washington
Encaustic Beeswax at Black Barn Fine Art Studio Betsy Schairer
Encaustics with Betsy Schairer at Black Barn Fine Art Studio

What to expect from your workshop with Betsy

Beginners are welcome in this introductory class where we learn hands on about creating with the fascinating medium of encaustic beeswax. Using pigmented wax and collage techniques we will spend two days together in the studio exploring the beautiful layering capabilities of this 2,000 year old medium that still captures the hearts and minds of artists today. Day one we will learn the basics of encaustics from prepping panels to fusing, compatible materials, etc. then spend the afternoon creating custom papers for our encaustic collages using dyes, wax resist, creating cyanotype prints and more. Day two we will put it all together and use our custom-made papers to create beautiful layered encaustic collages.


Open to all levels - beginners are welcome.


Number of Students: 12 Students maximum, 6 students minimum


Students to bring sack lunch, snacks & canvas apron or heavy smock, sketchbook and pen


Learning Outcomes & Activities:

Demo & Presentation on the material

Panel prep 

Brush care

Material choices


Applying wax – Temperatures and Brush technique

Fusing with heat guns & torches

Proper layering techniques for collage


Surface techniques: Carving, Dusting, Drawing with wax stylus

Wax resist papers

Cyanotype prints

Monoprinting on griddle

Distressed paper

Packaging work


Betsy Schairer is a Pacific Northwest artist and craftsperson based in Poulsbo, Washington. She studied Fiber Arts and Art Education at Western Washington University. Her work focuses on personal narrative using illustrative layered mixed media processes that often incorporate vintage textiles and ephemera. Her work is candid, expressive, and instinctive using vibrant colors and bold patterning.

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