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Paint with Wax at Woodlawn: Encaustic Painting Techniques with Carol Michaud 

Ellsworth –  Carol Michaud will teach students how to paint with melted wax during a workshop titled Encaustic Painting Techniques. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in Woodlawn’s Sleigh Barn. The cost is $85 for Woodlawn members and $95 for non-members. Supplies are included.

Students will create an 8×10 painting that is unique and interesting, while learning about encaustics and its history. They will lay down and fuse wax and learn to embed photos into the wax. Additionally, students will learn colorizing, incising, embellishing and highlighting. Wax, oil sticks, brushes and tools, and a selection of animals from fables and embellishments will be provided by the instructor. Students will work at their own pace and comfort zone and are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Encaustic paint is made from beeswax, damar resin and pigment. This beautiful medium captures light, reflects light and creates a luminous appearance. The wax is heated to approximately 200 degrees and brushed with no overlap. (Usually the end product may have 5-20 layers of wax and other media.) Enkaicin meaning “to burn in” is the Greek word for encaustics. The medium can be polished to a high gloss, curved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured and combined with oil paints. No solvents are involved and the wax is considered archival.

As space is limited, pre-registration is required through the calendar at

About Woodlawn

Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast Maine. The main house is open for tours May 1 – October 31 and December 1-23. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (off of the Surry Road-Rt. 172), Ellsworth, ME. For more information visit


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