Oil and Wax

A Texture Building Class

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As a mixed media artist, this is one of my all time favorite ways to build texture in my paintings. In fact, I would have to say that I aways have the biggest response to these paintings on social media AND they often sell themselves. It's no wonder that these paintings can take months for me to build and create. They don't just happen over night. But I think that is why people are so drawn to them. There is a history to these paintings. The more that you rework them, the more the texture builds. There are really no mistakes, only layers. When you are willing to work through the struggle, set your pieces aside, and let the paintings happen organically, you will be amazed at the results.

Over 8 hours of content!!! I will show you how to build layers. I will show you how to create beautiful textural abstract, still life and landscape paintings. I will discuss how to work through the struggle and how to rework pieces into something new.

Covered in this class:

  • alternative mark making
  • etching
  • collage
  • palette knife work
  • texture building
  • underpainting for mark making
  • using stencils and masks

Supply List:

  • artist boards/ wood panels (any size)
  • cold wax medium (Dorlands or Gamblin) 16 ounces or more
  • oil paints (any brand) I like Charvin, Utrecht, Williamsburg and Holbein
  • silicone scraper
  • mark making tools
  • oil pastels
  • chalk pastels and charcoal
  • pigments *optional
  • brayer
  • palette knife
  • collage elements
  • tissue paper
  • stencils
  • palette paper (I prefer palette paper for the easy disposal of dried paints. You can use a wood palette if you prefer.)

*Hobby Lobby makes a super cheap oil paint that is around $5 a tube. I recommend these for people just starting out!

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Your Instructor

Wendy Brightbill
Wendy Brightbill

My name is Wendy Brightbill and I am somewhat of a creative wanderer, an artist who enjoys exploring a multitude of mediums and styles. I love messy child-like play especially when it involves paint. I picked up a paintbrush after a car accident rearranged my brain from a closed head injury. I believe that there is healing to be found in art making and getting lost in the process. I try not to treat my art as being too precious, and yet, I am deeply committed to my daily creative practice. Art making is a little like breathing air for me. I can’t live without it. I am also a mother to three beautiful girls and a wife of 17 years to my biggest cheerleader. I have lived in Colorado for all of my life. All I ever needed to know, I learned from being a kindergarten teacher for four years. I just turned forty and I am finding this new found super power of saying no to the things that don’t bring me joy or peace.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you purchase 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.
Can I take this class without using oils?
No. This class is specifically for oil painters and/ or people wanting to learn oil paints. Please refer to my many other classes that are not specific to oils.
Can I use water based oils?
It's not recommended. But you are welcome to try it out for yourself.
Where can I purchase Cold Wax Medium?
I prefer to order my cold wax online. There are two main brands, Dorlands and Gamblin.
Where can I find out more about Cold Wax Medium?
What other art materials can be used with Cold Wax?
Besides oil based paints, you can also use paint sticks, powdered pigments, charcoal and graphite, pastels. It should NOT be mixed with water based paints like acrylics and watercolors.
How many hours of video instruction is included in this course?
Over six hours of video!!!

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