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Fifteen years ago, out of an urge to push the boundaries of the encaustic medium, Elise Wagner began experimenting with the texture of her own formulated Wagner Encaustic Collagraph White wax applied to 1/8” unprimed wood panels using them as collagraphs to print from, exploiting the texture using R&F Pigment Sticks as the "ink." Soon after, Wagner began using traditional Plexiglas printing plates with non-toxic Akua soy and honey-based Intaglio Inks. After the prints are created, Wagner mounts them onto panel and reworks them using a variety of materials. Since then, this way of working has become a large part of Wagner’s studio practice.
A collagraph is a print made from a plate that's built up from any collage material you can stick down onto a base of plexiglass, wood, or cardboard. In this case, white wax is the collagraph material to build the plate towards creating texture. A collagraph can be inked and printed as a relief (inking the top surfaces only with a brayer) or intaglio (inking the recesses), or a combination. Intaglio printing requires far more pressure and is why an etching press is employed for this particular method.
This workshop will walk you through every step of the encaustic collagraph method that Wagner pioneered. The approach taken to printmaking in this workshop is more from a painter's point of view and is designed to take you beyond encaustic and back again by combining it with printmaking to create paintings. Here, you will get the chance to break all the rules of encaustic; using significantly less wax and minimal fusing or layering. You will build the collagraph matrix, applying Akua Intaglio inks to create monoprints from your collagraphs on an etching press. The plates that you create in this workshop can be reused and printed from again and again, giving you the ability to work in multiples or series. You can add to your plates over time as you go or remove the white wax to start over again.
Level: All levels welcome. Some exposure to encaustic and/or printmaking is helpful but not necessary.
Encaustic Collagraph with Monotype & Drypoint, September 15 & 16, 10am-4pm
- Dates & Times: 2-session workshop: Saturday & Sunday September 15 & 16, 10am-4pm
- Materials fee: $25, payable to instructor
- Instructor: Elise Wagner
Originally from the New York area, Wagner has been a working artist based in Portland, Oregon for over 30 years. Since 1993, Wagner has been both an oil painter and an encaustic painter.
With a penchant to push the boundary of her chosen medium, Wagner pioneered encaustic collagraph printmaking which marries various encaustic techniques with those found in printmaking. The technique has been published in Encaustic Art: Creating Fine Art With Wax by Lissa Rankin, Watson Guptill; and Mixed Media Workshop by Jean Pederson, Northlight Books.
Wagner introduced the printmaking world to encaustic through a demo of her collagraph printmaking technique at the prestigious Southern Graphics Council International Conference in 2016. She also hand makes the specially formulated Wagner Encaustic Collagraph White. Wagner has presented on two occasions at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. She has taught and demonstrated encaustic collagraph coast to coast and internationally.
Wagner’s work is among private and corporate collections throughout the United States and was most recently published in Encaustic Art of the 21st Century, Schiffer Publishing. Wagner exhibits her work at galleries in Houston, Portland, and Seattle.