Illustration Friday: Fluid (Octopus Art, Part 1)

© 2012 Sylvia Liu
Yesterday I took a six-hour encaustic painting workshop by the talented Karen Eide at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. It was so fun to learn a completely different medium and be inspired by Karen and the eight other artists in the class. This octopus is one of four very different pieces that I did yesterday as I experimented with different techniques.

Encaustic painting is known as hot wax painting. We used hot beeswax and melted wax paints as our primary medium, adding layers and textures. We then embellished the paintings with paper, ink, Sharpies, oil pastels, and fabric. This octopus was painted with ink and the words are scratch on letters.

I will blog about the workshop in a week or so and will post my other octopus paintings.

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  1. This is a great octopus. Such a weird animal! It looks very much like water and also a bit like ice.

    I keep reading about people doing workshops. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. Oh I love that! Sounds fascinating to experiment with different techniques using one subject.

  3. This is so neat, I like the way the water looks. How fun to take a workshop to try different techniques, especially this one which I would be nervous to try at home...and I love the octopus!

  4. Sylvia it was great having you in the workshop! I have enjoyed seeing your work online - before e met- via Illustration Friday. What a small world! Thanks so much for coming to the workshop.


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