encausticamp preview: me- a book of images + wax

I mentioned in my last post that I will be previewing the instructors that will be teaching at Encausticamp this July in Salem, Oregon. This week it’s my turn.

I am really excited to be combining two of my passions in one workshop this summer- bookmaking and encaustic. Well, actually three, come to think of it, because I will be covering mixed media techniques and incorporating those into your encaustic practice.

As readers of my blog, you all know that I have been creating handbound journals for many years. But my love of making books, goes beyond binding blank journals, it goes into the book art forum.

a flag book I created of my xrays

What is book art? Book art is works of art in the form of the book. Simple as that. But when you think of the book as a medium of visual expression, well, that opens of a whole world of visual exploration! Book art is the artist’s interpretation of a “book”. What I love about book art is the interaction between the artist and the audience. A book is not just meant to be looked it, but opened, touched, perused. So form invites exploration, while concept also engages. My first ever exhibit I was in was a book art show in Seattle, that included two of my pieces. I have been experiementing with book art forms since high school when my ceramics teacher, an exhibiting book artist, took me under her wing and introduced me to this fascinating art form.

mixed media book, includes pigmented beeswax
published in L.K. Ludwig’s True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling, 2008

It was only a natural progression that I would start exploring marrying encaustic with books. I am excited to be sharing my process at Encausticamp this summer in the workshop entitled “A Book of Images and Wax”.


In this workshop we will go over incorporating photographs with encaustic with either collage or transfer techniques. We will create these on boards which we will bind in an accordian type of binding. I will also go over using paper with encaustic, one of my favorite things to do, and incorporating those creations into our book of wax and images.


If that sounds like fun to you, then head on over to Encausticamp to register for 3 days and 4 nights crammed with all things beeswax. This is a retreat that is for all levels and beginners in encaustic will feel at home here too. I think that people are often intimidated about starting to paint in encaustic, so this is a wonderful way to venture into painting and creating with wax.

a little sample book I made of encaustic pages coptic bound


  1. EncaustiCamp is like a little girls dream come true! All of the wonders of creating friendships, playing in materials one has not yet played with or using the knowledge we currently have to expand and grow in the medium. The selection of teachers and workshops do one thing…make you wish it was a six day retreat and not only three! I am thrilled to be a part of this experience. I only wish I could clone myself for this event so I could join in on all of the wonderful workshops!

  2. You’re going to have the most glorious time as are all of your participants…oh how I would love to dive in and explore with you…ahhh…but I will be here at the beach teaching all summer.

    Your samples are delightful!

  3. I’m practically drooling over those books, I wish I could take part in workshop. Will have to look for something a touch closer to home. Can’t wait to see the photos.

  4. If I win the South African lotto I will be winging my way across the world to your workshop Brigitte. I really really wish I could be there. The books in this post are exquisite and I’m yearning to learn bookmaking and encaustic. meeting you would be the cherry on the top.

  5. I know I’ve said it before, but I am beyond excited for encausticamp and your class. And to meet you! I love book making and am itching to see how you have combine it with wax. Less than 3 months!

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