Andrea Bird

Andrea Bird graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. She has been teaching and showing collage and encaustic for over 20 years. She is madly in love with the process of painting with beewax, and spent a year teaching herself ways to use the iron. Having just opened an encaustic school "the hive" just north of Toronto, she is fulfilling a long-held dream.
The encaustic iron and edges with Andrea Bird

The Encaustic Iron: Finishing the Edges of Encaustic Panels

There are a variety of ways to finish the edges of an encaustic painting The edges of encaustic paintings/panels can be treated in a variety of ways. Some artists mask the edges, and then remove the tape and paint them in acrylic or chalk paint. Finish panel edges with Encaustic Medium and the iron It… Read more The Encaustic Iron: Finishing the Edges of Encaustic Panels

Playing with Encaustic — Give it a Whirl!

Play is such an important, yet not often talked about aspect of creativity. It became apparent to me at a crucial point in my artistic career that if there is not an aspect of play during the time that I’m involved in a piece, then it isn’t going anywhere. Play allows for letting go, and loosening the grip on the brush. This is what I aim to do in my encaustic workshops, by creating a place where letting go is encouraged.

choosing the right Encaustic Fusing Tools

Tools for Fusing Encaustic | How to fuse with different tools

Fusing is important when working with Encaustic When painting with encaustic, one needs to fuse the first layer of wax to the substrate and then each subsequent layer needs to be fused to the layer below. The artist will fuse the layers of wax with either a heat gun, an encaustic iron and/or a blow… Read more Tools for Fusing Encaustic | How to fuse with different tools

Ironing over drips and drops encaustic technique with Andrea Birt

Ironing over drips & drops | Encaustic Technique

Waxing On:  Encaustic Exploration Encaustic, by its nature, pulls us–as artists, into new territory. This is one of the aspects of it that I love. There is a sense that the medium is always at least one step ahead of us, gesturing playfully to “Check this out!” or “What would happen if…?” At the beginning… Read more Ironing over drips & drops | Encaustic Technique