VISION & TOUCH-Dynamic Surfaces in Mixed Media and Wax, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

23 Apr 2017 12:30 PM | Lisa JonesMoore

There is an “early bird” discount of $100 if you sign up by June 1, 2016!

All levels welcome! Beginner to experienced artists.

Textures! Colors! Patterns and Shapes! These elements are everywhere, especially in the magnificent country of Mexico. Discover how to combine these rich “ingredients” to create beautiful works of art. Mexico is the land of intriguing old walls, windows, doors, signage and sidewalks. Crumbling, decaying flaking and rusting surfaces abound, combined with vibrant layers of colors and patterns.

Utilizing “photo-strolls”, sketching, mixed media and warm encaustic wax, learn how to interpret these dynamic surfaces that surround you. As an option, you may bring ideas/sketches/photos from home and favorite places that inspire you. We will employ “vision and touch” to create small “tacTILE” sample boards, using at least a dozen (or more!) mixed media techniques. For your final project, you may either assemble your beautiful “tacTILES” onto a larger substrate, or continue to explore the wonderful surfaces that inspire you.

You will learn the following techniques:

  • Using your camera (or cell phone camera) and sketchbook to document surfaces
  • Warm encaustic wax (encaustic “basics”), scribing into wax, wax accretion, “scraping back” layers, monoprinting with warm wax
  • Mixed media techniques (all compatible with wax): graphite/pigment/oil pastel “rubs”, rusting surfaces, impressions with found objects, embedding small found objects, use of alcohol and water-based inks, mark-making
  • Making texture using the following: wax, molding paste or wall spackle, crackle paste, lace, cheesecloth, sand, eggshells, natural elements and more
  • Drawing and cutting your own stencils for “pattern and shape”, how to use with all media
  • Tool-making (chopstick texture-makers)
  • Shellac and wood glue “burns” and MORE!

Cost of workshop, lodging & food: $1800 (based on double occupancy, there is a fee for single occupancy, based on availability)*. Airfare, airport transfers and dinners NOT included in the fee.

*There is an “early bird” discount of $100 if you sign up by June 1, 2016! This makes the total cost $1700. Please mention this to Sam/Hacienda Mosaico when you sign up. For more detailed workshop information, contact Lisa: 

Registration (Hacienda Mosaico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico):

Lodging and workshop information (Sam Leonard):


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