The Fused Image; Encaustic and Photography

Registration for this workshop is administered by The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Please call CPW at 845-679-9957 for more information, or visit their website here. Additional questions may be directed to R&F at 1-800-206-8088.

Students work with instructor Wayne Montecalvo between two energetic art centers, the Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY and R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY. We combine photographic prints with traditional encaustic and oil painting processes to make work that is visually unique. At CPW you prepare a series of prints on tissue and Japanese papers to be mounted on panel and layered with wax and oil paint. At R&F we introduce Encaustic Paint and Pigment Sticks as hands on versatile materials for adding color, texture and depth to imagery. Techniques presented include working with opaque and translucent layers, fusing, stenciling, collage, glazing, inlaid marks and building texture. Additional approaches include paper dipping and monotype for those interested in keeping the work light weight and working at a faster pace. You also have the option to incorporate other materials such as illustrations, prints, fabrics, found papers and objects, etc. This class is appropriate for students with limited or no wax experience. Click the title above to read more...

The Awagami Factory is partially sponsoring this workshop by generously providing a selection of papers for the students to work on.

 The following equipment and materials are available during class in the CPW Digital Kitchen:


  • 27″ 4 GHz iMac
  •  Hardware
  •  GTI Desktop Color Viewers
  •  GTI 48″ Wall Mount Color Viewer
  • Wacom intuos3 6×8” tablets
  • Epson v700 Photo Scanner Dual flatbed (8×10 max) and Film (up to 8×10”)
  • Imacon Flextight 343 Virtual Drum Scanner
  • X-Rite Color Management System


  •  Canon Pro-100 printers (13” wide max)
  • Canon Pixma Pro-1 (13″ wide max)
  • Canon Image PROGRAF ipf6350 (24” max width, 44’ max length)
  • Software
  • Adobe Creative Design Suite Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, Bridge, and more!)
  • NIK Software
  • X-Rite Color Management Software

Techniques | Processes covered:

  • Creating digitally printed photographic images on tissue and Asian papers.
  • Layering printed imagery with encaustic, using heat gun, using tacking iron.
  • Basic manipulation of encaustic paint, pigment sticks.
  • Exploring surface textures with the paint. 
  • Finishing work. 


Day 1: At CPW

Students will be printing at CPW. Wayne will explain the types of paper and printing process to the group. Participants will work in the Digital Kitchen to layout imagery on appropriate paper to use with wax. There will be a discussion on options, methods, and materials, and you will look at samples of finished work. Students are encouraged to bring in samples of their current work.

Day 2: At R&F

Wayne will introduce the encaustic process and have students prepare several surfaces with encaustic. Using printed material from the first day we will focus on manipulation of imagery and approach the pieces as collage. Encaustic medium will be used throughout the day to build layering. We will work with encaustic paint using techniques such as masking, stenciling, carving, inlay, etc. and also include pigment sticks. Inclusion of additional materials that are appropriate to use with encaustic, will be explored.

Day 3: At R&F

Students will continue their projects and have one on one time with Wayne to troubleshoot. We will wrap up with a group session a the end to look at everyone's work. 

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