There is a light bulb moment in all my Encaustic Wax beginners workshops..
.There is a flurry of chatter and excitement when students first arrive... When the gasps of delight at the view and the deep breaths of clean sea air have subsided, when the sharing of coffee and cake is over, when we have learned a bit about what brought us all here and safety and the housekeeping talk is done - Its business time....
Amongst the delicious smell of bees and honey, the group learn to master the very basic step of painting hot wax onto board, they learn to fuse it with a heat gun and watch it melt and go velvety smooth.....they then get to add a second colour and learn to blend them together.
Then the magic begins!!.... this is the lightbulb moment...this is when their faces light up and they are hooked.
Wax Mania - the wonder of it all....
Mary Jessie Sullivan
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Ideaschool, EIT, Taradale in 2015, Mary now works as a full time artist and tutor.