Painting with Wax- The Shellac Burn Technique

A detailed course for beginner encaustic painters and artists who want to learn how to use the shellac burn technique in their encaustic paintings.

Encaustic, or wax, painting is a fascinating art form. Versatile, forgiving, and full of endless fun, we'll be creating an 8X8 painting with wax that will focus on using liquid shellac on the surface of our paintings, then lighting it on fire to create texture and add interesting details to our paintings.

I'll walk you through each step, including lots of tips and suggestions for continuing with encaustic and creating additional paintings. We'll use a wood board as our "canvas", and I'll show you how to prep the surface, ways to color your wax, other mediums that can be used in your encaustic painting, and every step of the shellac burn process.

We'll have a ball creating fire and watching the way the shellac burns across the surface of the wax to create a unique and wonderful look.

I've also got an optional workbook for you to use as you go through the course, with everything I talk about in the videos outlined in an easy to follow manual you can refer to again and again as you continue to paint with encaustic medium.

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Your Instructor

Anjuli Johnson
Anjuli Johnson

Hi there! I'm Anjuli, a mixed media artist from Raleigh, NC. I've worked in scrapbooking and mixed media for 17 years, and encaustic for the past 5 years, and I'm just getting started! I have a passionate belief that any one can be an artist- all it takes is patience and commitment. If you work towards your goal every day, you'll make it there- it doesn't matter how much talent you think you don't have. I'm so excited to help you overcome your fears and reach your artistic goals!

"What an awesome class, Painting with Wax: The Shellac Burn Technique! I had been watching videos on the internet but they didn’t give enough info. I was intrigued with shellacking but was very hesitant to do it. I was afraid I would cause an out of control fire. Anjuli’s workshop was the PERFECT answer. I watched the lessons several times and went at my own pace. I took a boring encaustic seascape and made it into a piece of artwork with texture and depth. Everyone who sees it is amazed at the piece. So am I! "

- Kathy


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"Creating with Anjuli makes me feel like I really can do this."

- Kim

Are you wondering what else you may need to complete this course? I go into a lot of detail about supplies in the course, but here's a quick list for you-

  • Encaustic Medium (Wax)- I've included links in the course where you can purchase this.
  • Metal containers to hold your wax
  • Brushes
  • Electric Griddle
  • Heat Gun or Embossing tool
  • Wood Boards- these will be our "canvases"
  • India Ink in your choice of colors
  • White oil paint
  • Shellac
  • Lighter

Optional- these are extra supplies we'll use in the bonus videos.

  • Calligraphy pen
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Small Blowtorch

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul."

W. Somerset Maugham

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