New monthly blog posts here! Let’s talk about failure and how it impacts the creative process…

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”   This quote by Samuel Beckett captures something very true about failure and how important it is to artists as they develop their unique creative voice. Before I go on, let me introduce myself. I’m Andrea Bird, co-owner of ‘the hive‘ encaustic school/gallery, with[…]

How do I make my own encaustic medium using beeswax and damar resin?

Please read carefully before beginning! What you will need to make encaustic medium: Griddle and/or saucepan, beeswax and damar (3.2 oz. damar / 1 pound of wax), wooden or metal spoon/spatula, ladle or sieve, Optional: cheesecloth for a finer filtering, muffin tins, scraper, blow torch/heat gun. The utensils cannot be used for food afterwards. Why[…]

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