Oil and Wax: Exploring Cold Wax Painting Techniques

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Cleta Grant replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Looks like you've got some cool color and movement going on there, Janie!  That should be fun to work back into.  You will have some great colors coming through when you dig and scrape.   "
7 hours ago
Janie Gulick replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Here are two photos, thet are difinitely at the starting point. I want to calm them down A LOT. At this point I'm trying to create lots of interest to dig back into."
7 hours ago
Kate Palmo commented on Michael Roberson's photo
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Dust storm

"Michael,  I love this technique you are doing.   Have not been on this site in awhile,  really like the two I have seen of yours.  kate"
9 hours ago
Dorothy Siemens replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Janie, have you tried transfer gold? It comes adhered to tissue paper and makes it much easier to handle. Gilders use it outside or in windy conditions to be able to control the leaf. It's also called patent leaf. I've only seen it in the…"
9 hours ago
Janie Gulick replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Cleta you mentioned something else that I grooving on while working. I'm awful at getting the leaf down without wrinkling, so I work with that. I actually really like all the texture I get. The leaf may end up disappearing in spots, but there…"
10 hours ago
Dorothy Siemens replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"I agree that sometimes the best (the only) thing is to let the piece percolate for awhile. I love what you've got going on this piece - the next step will come to you. Thanks for your input on the metal leaf too. Very good points."
11 hours ago
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Cleta Grant replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Thanks, Dorothy!...I'm just going to wait a bit and see what the panel says.  I've learned it's best to just get out of the way and listen for awhile...my tendency is to over-work things and I'm trying to be more aware of…"
11 hours ago
Dorothy Siemens replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Definitely work on it some more - your ideas sound very interesting. I particularly like the idea of silver leaf...hmmm...I think you're giving us all ideas!"
12 hours ago
Cleta Grant commented on Janice Mason Steeves's photo
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Carrizo (1)

"I just saw this...really like!!  The flower reminds me of Tony Scherman's work in microcrystalline wax.  "
23 hours ago
Cleta Grant replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Hey, Janie - Bolero, huh?  I will think about that!   Please post a photo of what you were talking about at the start of this thread - would love to see what you are doing with the leaf and OCW!"
23 hours ago
Janie Gulick replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Of course I love what you've done Cleta, not boring, but the bit of red does sound like a good idea. When you mentioned the silver leaf, I'm seeing it floating down into the gold, bits and pieces.somewhat like the music Bolero, where it…"
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Cleta Grant replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Dorothy, I forgot to say that the "asymmetrical" photo is a close-up of what's going on in the lower right of the gold leaf...otherwise, it was kind of hard to describe what I had done. ( This is 24" x 30", btw) Thank you…"
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Dorothy Siemens replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"I've also been experimenting with gold leaf. When I was working in acrylics, it was a pain because first I had to apply size, then the leaf, then seal it somehow (I used composition leaf so would have tarnished without sealing). It was a…"
yesterday
Cleta Grant replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Okay, so here's the panel with the leaf.  It was a good learning experience:  I built up the surface with a lot of layers and texture...a lot of neutral layers, but a bit of red and orange here and there which shows where I scratched…"
yesterday
Cleta Grant replied to Janie Gulick's discussion Gold leaf
"Janie, I've been experimenting with it, too.  I've found that if I let it sit for a day and then gently remove the wax from the top of the leaf areas with a bit of solvent on a soft brush or cloth, I can get the shine of the gold leaf…"
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The passion of colors

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I want to present an italian artist called ELISART.

Elisa has a passion for color and design that prompted her to experiment with various expressive techniques from painting, sculpture, graphic design, she knows how to immerse themselves in a fantasy world. …

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Contemporary Art Blog

Posted by Diane Radley on September 25, 2014 at 5:23pm 0 Comments

Hi Folks, 

Here is a blog I started about contemporary art in case you are interested. I'm really just introducing artists that I have come across that I like. There is some info on other subjects as Missions/churches and gardening.

http://artandartichokes.com/

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Cold Wax Online Workshops

Posted by Angela Orr on March 1, 2014 at 11:49am 10 Comments

Are there any online workshops availanle for this subject...?

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Gold leaf

Started by Janie Gulick. Last reply by Cleta Grant 7 hours ago. 13 Replies

In class I added some gold leaf on top of the oil and cold wax, then tried to work over it. It tore and moved, but I still liked the effect (I also didn't give it time to really set). This time I'm…Continue

Making Cold Wax Medium w/ Gamsol

Started by catherine auduon. Last reply by Cleta Grant yesterday. 18 Replies

Do any of you have experience making CWM using refined beeswax and Gamsol? I made my first batch by melting the beeswax and then adding the Gamsol to it, but it does not mix very well, creating a…Continue

Questions about cold wax painting

Started by cazenave brigitte. Last reply by catherine auduon on Sunday. 5 Replies

I have been oil and acrylic painting for many years and have recently discovered this new method. I am wondering:Firstly : can we associate any pattern, like a person and keep the background worked…Continue

Richeson Shiva Series oil paints for CWP?

Started by catherine auduon. Last reply by catherine auduon Dec 8. 4 Replies

Hello,I typically use Gamblin and Sennelier as my oil paints but recently picked up 3 tubes of Richeson Shiva series Oil paints to try out due to the good reviews I had read. I picked Zinc White, Ice…Continue

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Exhibit

Vestiges, an exhibit of cold wax paintings will open April 20th at Elaine Erickson Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, USA...if you are in the area please stop by. Allison and I will be present on both the 20th and 21st. 

Elaine Erickson Gallery, 207 East Buffalo St., Milwaukee, WI 53202;…

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Created by Rebecca Crowell Apr 9, 2012 at 8:17am. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Apr 9, 2012.

2012 Spring/Summer Workshops

Please click on this link for my upcoming workshops around the country and at my studio in Wisconsin:

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs071/1104030180109/archive/1109055905815.html

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Created by Rebecca Crowell Jan 8, 2012 at 12:37pm. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Jan 8, 2012.

Painting with Dorland's Cold Wax Medium article

This article was written for the company that manufactures Dorland's wax medium (Jacquard Products) for use on their website (which will be an illustrated version when they get it up.) My apologies for the font change, could not seem to fix it.



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Created by Rebecca Crowell Apr 18, 2010 at 11:35am. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Apr 18, 2010.

Basic Cold Wax and Oil Procedures

I've had a number of questions about how I use cold wax medium and rather than make individual replies I decided to post a note that can be accessed on this site. This is very basic, but if you are wondering how to get started it will give you some ideas. You will want to experiment to find the best ways to use wax for your own purposes—cold wax is very “forgiving” in how it’s used—there aren’t a lot of rules or Do’s and Don’t’s...… Continue

Created by Rebecca Crowell Nov 29, 2009 at 9:11pm. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Nov 29, 2009.

Websites

I'm still figuring out this site--there should be an easy way to view members" websites--if anyone figures that out please let me know. (mine is www.rebeccacrowell.com)
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Created by Rebecca Crowell Nov 10, 2009 at 3:36pm. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Nov 10, 2009.

Welcome!

I have been using cold wax medium along with oil paints for the past 8 or 9 years and now offer workshops in the techniques I've developed. I'm really excited about the textures, added color brilliance and transparency that wax brings to oils, and urge anyone who shares this enthusiasm to join this site, contribute ideas, experiences and photos of their paintings.
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Created by Rebecca Crowell Nov 10, 2009 at 3:32pm. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Nov 10, 2009.

Notes Home

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Created by Rebecca Crowell Nov 10, 2009 at 3:10pm. Last updated by Rebecca Crowell Nov 10, 2009.

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