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The Hive

  • About

    The Hive is the encaustic studio of artist  Karen Brown.

    Offering workshops, open studio time, original artwork and so much more.

    Workshops run regularily, both privately and in partnership with other artists, community agencies and charitable organizations.

    Visit the hive for workshops, encaustic art supplies and to see a wide variety of mixed media encaustic art!

    Encaustic art supplies are available for sale at The Hive .

    Visit for more information and upcoming workshops and events.

  • Classes & Workshops

    Beginner workshops

    All About the Basics        

    This 3 Hr hands-on comprehensive workshop will cover basic encaustic safety and general information.

    All participants will take home an Introduction to Encaustic Painting Booklet and multiple practice boards.

    Photo Encaustics

    This workshop is a basic course covering mixed media collage using your own precious photo printed on handmade paper, applying melted beeswax and resin, and exploring techniques in color and texture. Participants will take home a finished mixed media piece.

    Intuitive Encaustics- Making Marks with Ink and Wax    

    We are all born to Create!!  Imagine what it feels like to just play with paint and colour.

     I will be demonstrating different ways you can play with paints, wax, inks, stencils, collage and much more!!
    Participants will take home a finished abstract mixed media piece.

    Keepsake Box Workshop

    Create a one of a kind Keepsake box.  A wonderful gift idea or a special treat for yourself.

    During this  workshop I will be demonstrating different ways you can play with paints, wax, inks,stencils, collage and much more!!

    Participants will take home a finished mixed media keepsake box.

    Advanced workshops

    These advanced workshops are for encaustic students to refine their work and learn new techniques to apply to a home or studio practice.   Previous encaustic experience necessary.

    All About Texture

    Students will learn to create texture by some of the following techniques : masking off areas, stencils, water on wax, dry brush (accretion), incising, collage items to create texture, iron as a gouging tool, heating tools to create texture.

    All About the Burn

    Students will learn techniques using fire as a tool!!!  Some of the following techniques will be covered: dry and wet shellac burn, pyrography, water on wax, using items to scorch substrates, using the torch as a blending tool.

    All About the Media

    Students will learn techniques using multiple medias that are compatible with encaustic!!!  Some of the following medias and techniques will be covered: Pan pastel, oil pastel, oil paint, charcoal, conte, india ink, alcohol ink, tar, plaster, paperclay to name just a few.


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