on line workshop

Most of What I Know

Photographs, wax, encaustic paint, acrylic paint, stains, paper, collage, and more stuff.

February 25 & 26, 2023, online, 6 to 8pm EST.

This online workshop will be different than others I’ve posted, in that no materials will be needed before the workshop. Instead of a work along step-by-step approach, I will address, demonstrate, explain, and discuss methods that I found useful for my own approach to making artwork. After the workshop I will also give students the option to have their own digital image files printed by me for purchase, and printed on the papers I’ve found to work well with these methods.

Some of the things I will explain in detail;

  • Digitally printing on Japanese Washi and thin papers.
  • Using encaustic medium (wax) as an adhesive in place of glue.
  • Preparing a surface or panel for wax.
  • Methods of collaging (getting papers to lie flat using medium).
  • Working with a taking iron and heat gun.
  • Incorporating stained paper.
  • Ways to include India ink for mark making.
  • Pattern making using random materials, and the means for applying to the artwork.
  • Methods to integrate other materials; powdered graphite, transferring charcoal drawings, other pencils, crayons, transfer foil, etc.
  • Integrating acrylic paint and watercolor into an encaustic surface via a separate layer of Washi.
  • Working with an image on glass with shellac and encaustic paint.
  • Working with options in Photoshop to prepare images for print.

Other issues to consider will be; composing imagery for layering, how much is too much, controlling layers to avoid confusion, how to avoid bubbles & air pockets, and anything else we want to explore.

The workshop will encourage audience participation, questions and answers, and group discussion to address issues regarding the techniques covered in the workshop.

Cost; $300.00, PayPal, or check. For more Info;

Layering Photo Based Imagery

with encaustic & Pigment Sticks®

R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY

May 4-6, 2023

Learn to combine your photography with encaustic in an approach that goes far beyond the average application. Students will learn the transformative process of collage while excavating printed imagery on absorbent papers. The result is a dynamic image far removed from its original familiarity. Digital prints are prepared by the instructor using a large format printer, thus prerequisite image files are required from students. Students are encouraged to include mixed media mark-making in their work.

Price; $550.00, Includes access to entire line of R&F paints during the workshop, students should bring prepared panels to work on. More info, contact me at, or to sign up Visit;

Above and Below

February 4,5,&6, 2023

Leah Macdonald & Wayne Montecalvo

Working with photography and layering using encaustic and mixed media

Location: R&F Paint Studio and DRAW Studio (Kingston, NY)

Workshop Schedule: 

  • Saturday at R&F Paint Studio: 10 AM-5 pm
  • Sunday Photo Session (live model shoot), and Editing at DRAW Studio: 10 AM-5pm
  • Monday at R&F Paint Studio: 10 AM-5 pm

(No snow date. Full refund for extreme weather cancellation)



All paint for the workshop will be included by R&F.

Students may purchase R&F products at a discounted workshop rate.

About Wayne

Wayne’s current techniques using wax and digital imagery are a culmination of experimenting with materials for art making. Combining a variety of media has always been part of his approach to creating and expanding an idea into a new direction. His focus on portraits incorporates ways to go beyond the person, beyond the face, and to transform the image into something other than a “mug shot” or “head shot”. Rather than use a face simply to identify, Wayne’s approach is to offer possible options, possible directions that change the expected, or even the familiar into something else. The methods applied in his work challenge the restrictions of a digital photograph by turning the image into something unique or one of a kind, and to use a digital file to create a “non-digital” art object.

About Leah

Leah’s current techniques include digital photography, collage, and painting. Combining beautiful papers of various weights and opacity Leah alters the original subject matter to create a fantasy or dream image. Her art tells stories using visual elements like flower stencils, found letters and mark making. The layers are used to cover and veil the subject and control what is seen and imagined in the art. Leah is inspired by alternative photographic techniques and the alchemy of the darkroom, so her work is organic and shows the intensity of her handling the surface with heavy equipment like a razor blade and a torch.

About the Workshop

This workshop will address ways to work with images printed on Japanese papers, Hahnemuhle paper and how to combine those images with wax, graphite, acrylic paint, encaustic paint, mark making tools, and a bunch of other stuff. Each student will send images to be printed on 2 sheets of paper prior to the workshop, and one sheet will be printed on Tengucho after the Sunday photo shoot, to use during the Monday class.

Deadline for images to Leah is Friday, January 20.

Each participant can connect and discuss print preparation with Leah before the files are due to print. Images from the Sunday photo shoot will be printed by Wayne on Sunday evening.

*Leah will print 1 - sheet 11 x 17 Hahnemuhle photo rag 188gsm, 1 - sheet of 13 x 19 Hahnemuhle rice paper *Wayne will print 1- sheet Tengucho print area 22 x 36

*Students should bring a laptop with photo editing software and plan to edit images Sunday for printing.

Exploring methods to layer above and below, and ways to reveal and obscure, while working with your own images, will be part of the focus for the workshop. We will also have a unique opportunity to photograph on Sunday and work with scenery, architecture, nature, and a model for other possible photographic elements to add to your layers. This workshop will be cohesive with time in the studio and time to reflect on both painting and photography.


Contact Leah at $100 deposit required to hold your space Full payment due on first day of workshop

Workshop limited to 8 students

General questions about the class

Contact Wayne at, or Leah at

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