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Secrets of Creating Depth

Saturday, August 21, 2021. 10 am - 4 pm PST, $195
Location: Online via Zoom while you work in your studio

When I ask artists what first attracted them to working with encaustic, most tell me it was the depth and luminosity of wax paintings. I agree; that's what drew me in too. There are some specific methods to creating depth in your paintings which allows light to enter the layers of paint and reflect back to the surface, creating a luminous glow.

I'll take you through these methods as we layer encaustic paint, paper, and other materials for differing effects. We'll talk about the importance of paint types, layering "recipes" and my favorite way to trick the eye into perceiving more layers than there really are.


- Basic encaustic painting setup: hotplate, heat gun, encaustic medium, scraping tools, brushes
- Encaustic paint: At least 2 opaque colors and 2 transparent or semi-transparent colors of your choice
- At least 2 small Encausticbord panels (Or panel primed with encaustic gesso). I suggest 5 x 7 or similar, but no larger than 8 x 10 in.
- A few color felt tip pens (I like Pitt pens, but even Sharpies will work)
- Decorative tissue papers or printed napkins

This class will be taught via Zoom, so you must have a good internet connection to participate.


1. We will gather on Zoom from 10-11 am PST for the first demonstration where I'll also answer questions. You can work along with me in your studio, or watch first and then try it yourself. You'll have time to work on your own until the next demo.

2. I'll do another shorter demo at 12:15 pm PST and stay on the video call for questions until 1:30 or so. You can drop in and out of the session as you need advice, or leave Zoom open while you work so you can hear the other discussions.

3. I'll open the Zoom call again at 3:15 pm PST so we can discuss a variety of uses for this technique and we can see some of the work created during the day.

This is an intermediate class for those comfortable working with wax. If you haven't taken a beginning encaustic class you will have to complete one before learning these advanced techniques. Feel free to call me with any questions.

After registration, a confirmation notice with more details will be sent to the email address attached to your PayPal account.

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If you have trouble registering online please contact me at (503) 348-9139 or waxx@ Classes must be paid for in full by cash, check or credit card prior to the class to confirm your spot. When your payment is received you will be emailed a confirmation notice, additional information about the classes and a map to my studio in NE Portland.

Cancellation and Liability Policies

  • Cancellation at least 14 days before the class date = full refund minus PayPal fees or may change to another class without penalty.
  • Cancellation 14 days or less before the class date = full refund minus a $30 cancellation fee only if the space is filled by another paying student.
  • No show = no refund.
If the workshop is canceled by the instructor, you will receive a full refund. If another instructor must be substituted for Linda Robertson due to illness or emergency you will have the option to attend the class with the substitute instructor or cancel/reschedule without penalty.

Should any injuries occur during or as a result of participation in any class or workshop, the registered student agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Linda Robertson and all employees, instructors and volunteers connected with Linda Robertson Arts.

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