The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Workshop in Townsville

I taught a Plaster and Wax Books workshop
 in Townsville last weekend

for the group Fibres and Fabrics

They were a lot of fun

and produced some great pieces

in just 2 days

Thanks for asking me 
to teach you

x te

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Making Marks
Charcoal and white conte crayon 

after sealing with wax

more marks 

an apple

2 bowls
1 high key 1 low key 

I am somewhat drawing phobic
I am not really sure why
I have done some drawing over the years
and some of I even quite like
But for some reason I avoid it
So as i would actually quite like to
 add some realistic elements
into my work I have started an 
to be more precise
I have embarked upon her
and yes it is already freaking me out
but I shall continue at my own pace
and I hope I will be courageous enough
to continue posting the results
( even when they are crap)
both on Face Book and here
x te

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Painting with Cold Wax

Cold Wax Medium
This is a wonderful painting medium, a bit like painting with butter

 The safest way is to add your pure gum turpentine or citrus solvent to the wax in a glass jar and leave for a couple of weeks to dissolve. I have not had a great deal of success with this method.Or my preferred method is to heat the wax ( You can use either premade encaustic medium or straight beeswax) and then remove from the heat and add the pure gum turpentine stirring till well mixed and allow to cool. Begin with a 50/50 mix and adjust until you have a mix you like. Remember it can always be thinned by adding more turpentine when cold to make a glazing consistency
For a quick alternative to try but some beeswax based furniture polish

I mix my cold wax medium with dry pigment and a little walnut oil on a glass plate
you could use a white ceramic plate 

This is the beginning of some pieces of cold wax painting 
on watercolour paper covered in traditional gesso
some lovely red oxide to begin

then yellow ochre

indigo blue
I use raw natural indigo powder
This is a painting done entirely with
cold wax medium,
walnut oil,
and natural pigment 

Here it is finished with scratching 
and rubbed with indigo and walnut oil

And second piece before

and after