Friday, February 24, 2012

MAKING COLD WAX MEDIUM





In my last post I mentioned that I had showed a portrait done in cold wax medium and oils.

A little over a two years ago, I read about cold wax, and was eager to try it.  I've had experience with batiking, and lately I've been working with encaustic, so it was only natural that I would be I intrigued with the cold wax medium.  As I began calling supplies stores in my area, I soon realized that this product was beyond my budget, especially if I were to experiment with it.  Luckily I found a recipe for cold wax medium on line that just calls for beeswax and turpentine, I  realized that I already had both on hand.  I followed the recipe as best as I understood it, there were no pictures with the article.  After combining my mixtures, nothing happened, and I thought that I had wasted my products.  I left the room, disappointed, and returned an hour later to confront my failure.  Surprise, the liquid had turned into cold wax!

I'd like to share my process with you.




When you're about to mix any chemical, make sure  your room is well ventilated.
I always leave both doors of my studio opened for cross ventilation



I melt broken pieces of beeswax in an old frying pan, that is reserved for cold wax and encaustic purposes only.
This picture of broken beeswax will make about 2 1/2 cup of melted wax.



After the beeswax is melted, I unplug the element from the wall and the pan.



Now, I ladle the hot wax in a little inexpensive aluminum pan,  which is also part of my encaustic/ cold wax equipment



and make sure that I measure the level of the hot wax in the pan.



Next, I return the melted wax back into the unplugged frying pan.



Now , I pour turpentine to the same level as the wax was, into the little pan.



Finally, I pour the turpentine into the melted wax.
Keep the pan unplugged. Do not reheat the mixture



It looks like I just wasted turpentine and beeswax because nothing seem to happen.



I Just leave the room with both doors still opened



15 minutes later, the wax and turpentine is solidifying.
If I had doubled the recipe, it would have overflowed from the pan. 



After 45 minutes of cooling, it's ready to be placed in a container with a tight lid.



Here's an old 37 1/2 oz plastic container refilled with new cold max medium.
I've kept the old medium for months.






Word of caution
Don't be tempted fusing cold wax with encaustic medium. When fusing both mediums with high heat, the turpentine gives off toxic gasses. 


If you found this post useful, or want to share your favorite recipe for cold wax medium, I'd love to hear from you.  I'm open to any suggestions.  



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FIRST SHOW OF THE YEAR




It felt great being back at the Quady Winery  for their Eleventh Annual Reveiller Art Show, and being one of the 30 regional artists whose work was exhibited this last weekend.  This was my first show of the year.
I have participated at the Quady art show three previous years, and  received the people's choice award in 2007. The prize was a case of their excellent Electra Red, which we  were happy to share with friends on many occasions.




My husband and I brought two sets of friends, and one of them brought their two children to accompany my granddaughter. The grownups were happy to sample the dessert wine that Quady Winery is so famous for, along with Chocolate truffles and delicious appetizers.  It didn't take long for the kids to zero in on the chocolate truffles.




It was great watching the kids appreciate the art work hung on the walls,  easels, and any available space  including the barrel room.




All disciplines of art were featured:  clay, glass relief, sculptures, photography, paintings, fiber art, just to name a few.


  

It was also a time to meet other artists, renew old connections, and introduce my friends to some of them.





This year I chose to exhibit Girl with Crayons.  It's a portrait of my 7 year old granddaughter.  She and I are very close and create art together.  This is the reason why I chose to do a portrait of her with an example of her own artwork
The painting is a mixed media of cold wax and oils.  The picture behind the figure is not original, but a carbon-copy of one of Hailey's work.



A little about Quady Winery and the Reveiller  Art Show.

Adam Longatty , a skilled plain-air painter and art instructor at the California State University of Fresno, has been the coordinator of the Reveiller annual juried art show since 2001 at Quady Winery.  The show event is accompanied with wine tasting, and tidbits such as truffles, chocolate sauce, and scrumptious pizzas from Mattie's mobile wood-fired oven.  This show in  in conjunction with the Madera Wine trail 

 My favorite wine from Quady has been and still is Deviation.   It's a sweet dessert wine that has an unusual flavor of geranium, and is supper yummy! Follow this link if you wish to have a virtual taste of Deviation





Friday, February 10, 2012

REBUILDING MY WEBSITE




 After organizing my studio, (and yes I'm  happy to report that so far I've kept it up, but had to banished Brutus until he's house broken), I was ready to face my next goal: re-building my new website, and put it up as soon as possible.  I was bracing myself for what I thought would be a real challenge.
 

What I wanted was a simple, easy, to use website to feature my art work.

I found that using B Blogger made it extremely easy to edit, add, or delete things. However, I want to thank  Katrina from PuglypiXel  for her tutorial  on how to create a bare bone website through BBlogger.  Go to her site and type in   Create a Static Website with Blogger 
Her tutorial is very clear, and informative, and thanks to her, I can personally build my own website for just the cost of my domain name.  



"So what happened to the last one?" you may ask.

 I had a website/blog through WordPress.org, shortly before I took a sabbatical from the art community. When it was time to renew my account, because if my complacency, my contract had expired.  I wish that I had started this blog earlier, to allow transferring my old one to this one, before abandoning it. By the time the holidays arrived, I began thinking of re-building my art website, and renewing my contact with the art community.  Unfortunately, it wasn't the right timing. Though we are empty nesters we had a constant flow of people until the first week in January. It wasn't until Mid January that I decided to get serious, build the website, linking this blog to it, and get it up and running.


If you're thinking of building your own website

If you have the time, I would  highly encourage it. I will continue to modify mine, as it reflects the changes in my art work. But that's the beauty of it, you are not dependent on anyone, and can change it at any given time.


Now, I would like to invite you to browse through my website;


ANNE FRAKER







click the WEBSITE box on top of the page, or go to www.annefraker.com .  
Feel free to share your opinions.