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Think you’re not creative…? Everybody’s creative, some of us have just forgotten how!
Think creating art is something you shouldn’t do… Why not…? It’s just art… Don’t listen to the reasons why you shouldn’t, find the reasons why you should!
Think you can’t draw a straight line…? In my experience, it’s often the people who think they can’t draw a straight line who love it the most!
Nah… This isn’t for me…! Encaustic wax has something for EVERYONE, it’s as limitless as your imagination.
Fear of getting started, the old blank canvas syndrome? We all get that at times, the trick is to push on past it, doesn’t matter whether it’s good, or bad, what matters is you’re creating!
Did you know the origins of wax painting go back to about 2,000 years ago, used in early Iconography and Fayum Mummy Portraits…? Great additional project material for art students doing GCSE’s and A-Levels.
Looking for something a bit more adventurous than you’ve seen so far? Wait until we start colouring our own waxes, layering mixed media and setting fire to the surface of our paintings!
Overwhelmed and don’t know where to start…? Sign up for my free video series further down the page, or head over to my YouTube channel for more information.
Still not sure…? Check out the testimonials below…. and the FAQ’s at the bottom of the page…
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY
I really enjoyed our prosecco night, I definitely want to come back and do a proper workshop.... Thanks again for another enjoyable afternoon yesterday, I am really pleased with my picture...!
I just want to thank you for a fantastic 2 days, I learnt a lot, I’ve become so excited, and I’ve googled 3 trillion things! I hope that we can stay in touch with each other and share what we are up to and hopefully meet up again. (R&F Workshop)
I wanted to say thank you so very much for today, it was the most perfect way to share time with my friends and truly loose myself, it is every bit as relaxing as I hoped. You were fabulous. (Iron Workshop)
Thank you, the class was very enjoyable and informative in equal measure – so much more exciting than my first experience of wax many moons ago. It is measured by the fact that I’m already thinking about materials I have, watching related equipment etc on eBay (!!) and about to request old oil paints on freecycle. . . . I will be telling my friend about it and showing off our pictures when she comes on Friday. Thanks again. (R&F Workshop)
Thank you Julie for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon learning about the joys of encaustic wax. (Iron Workshop)
Thank you so much for your time spent teaching us about wax and how to use it, now I want to have another go and go BIGGER! A delight.... (Iron Workshop / Hotplate Workshop)
What a fantastic afternoon I’ve had with my daughter at Julie’s studio. Not only is Julie lovely, friendly and enthusiastic but she also let us both play around with the wax. Thoroughly recommend as a lovely mother/daughter activity to do, or for any of you that would like to relax and get in touch with your creative side.... (Iron Workshop)
Excellent workshop, so enjoyed it, lovely day out. Your teaching was very clear and your teaching style stimulated me to experiment more. Thank you so much for a lovely day. Very best wishes for your future workshops.... (R&F Workshop)
I had such a brilliant time yesterday at JulieAnns Gallery learning about encaustic art. It was so satisfying to melt wax and ‘paint’ with it using an iron! I think I may become addicted....
Wow! Many thanks for such a fun morning. I can’t wait to get experimenting/perfecting. So much to learn.... (Iron Workshop)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Wax workshops are great for boys, girls, men and ladies, of any age, from teenagers, through to 99 and beyond!
Not necessarily. Anyone can have a go at working with wax, it is suitable for complete beginners through to the professional artist. Wax is a very tactile and satisfying medium to work with. Anyone at any artistic level can enjoy the fluidity and smooth application of wax, working on a very small scale for beginners, up to large scales for the more adventurous.
I would normally recommend starting with the Arts Encaustic range of products, learn how to manouvre and manipulate the wax on a smaller scale with an iron and stylus. Once you have mastered working in this style, you can scale it up working on larger sized pieces, and by using a hot air gun and hotplate. The techniques and tools you use with the Arts Encaustic range is totally transferable into the R&F wax medium, it is often a natural progression from one style to another.
The R&F style of wax is as limitless as your imagination, you start with a raw beeswax and pigment it yourself, which you can do in a number of different ways, with powdered pigments, oil paints, pigment sticks, coloured papers, you can build layers, scratch out, add embelishments, mixed media and photographs, pour it, drizzle it, paint it, this is an incredibly creative way of using wax and there are endless projects we could work on. Recommended for anybody who likes a bit of adventure in their art!
You will need a hot air gun, and a hotplate, or some form of heating your raw beeswax. You do not need the iron, or stylus, although they can be useful. Students normally share my equipment initially, whilst they work out what works best for them. A hot air gun, or fusing tool however, is essential for this style of work. There are some important health and safety considerations with this medium, and understanding of different supports and melting points, so I recommend a full beginners introduction before beginning with this medium.
I love all kinds of art, but wax to me is really special, therapeutic, and tactile. I love seeing peoples’ reactions when they use wax, and experience those sensations for the first time. I really want to share that with people. There are not many encaustic wax artists in the UK. It’s very popular in the States, Canada and Australia, and is slowly becoming more well known over here, supplies are slowly becoming more available. My aim is to help encaustic become better known over here as it is such a special medium to work with.
Yes, absolutely! Check the workshop bookings for maximum number of participants. If that number of tickets is still available, eg. Maximum 6, book all six tickets at the same time to ensure you’re all friends together. Great idea for special birthdays, and creative treat days. If you’re not sure, or want to clarify anything, please do get in touch.
Yes. It is possible for me to visit your location, contact me to discuss options and price, which will be confirmed on a case by case basis depending on location, size of workshop / demo, etc.
Workshops hosted by me are bookable through the Workshops Page.
Workshops hosted at outside venues normally handle the bookings, please check their website for details, and ask if you have any questions.
Go to the ‘Buy Wax Supplies’ page.
I am in the process of uploading the full ranges of Arts Encaustic, R&F, Ampersand Encausticbord, and PanPastel products on there. But this will be a gradual roll out, so please bear with me whilst this is fully populated. Feel free to contact me for items not yet on the site, chances are I have them in stock, or can get them for you.
Payment must be made in full for all equipment at the time of order. I hold a reasonable supply of equipment and wax at my studio, and can order additional products for you, these will not be ordered until cleared funds have been received.
I sometimes have open days where you can drop in, say hi, and buy artwork and wax supplies direct; follow me on Facebook, sign up for my newsletter, or contact me, to find out when my next open days are.
Orders processed through the Arty Heaven website are taken via PayPal /Credit / Debit card.
Payments for materials directly to me from my studio can be made by cash, bank transfer, paypal or cheque.
Yes! You can now buy gift vouchers directly from this website, that can be used towards wax supplies, art, or workshops, and redeemed during checkout. You can add your own personal message, and the voucher will be sent via e-mail.
Occasionally, we can also tailor gift vouchers; a recent voucher was created as a Mother and Daughter afternoon out, which was a really special. I have also done a Thank You voucher for a lady who wanted to treat some special friends to a creative afternoon. Contact me if you have any special requirements, and I will confirm pricing.
Sign up for e-mail updates via the contact page. Tailor what you receive according to what interests you…
- Workshops and Wax Supplies
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- General Monthly Summary
- All of the above.
You can opt out at any time, and I will never share your details with any third parties.
Wax can be tricky to get off your clothes and shoes, so don’t wear anything new, or favourite clothes. The arts encaustic range is not a particularly messy medium, but splashes of wax do happen. You can bring an apron if you like, but not essential. The R&F style is a bit more involved depending on how we are colouring the wax. I like to wear an apron, or overalls when working in this style!
Directions to the studio can be found here. However, please double check the workshop address details via your booking confirmation as occasionally workshops are hosted at alternative venues.
Most people bring a packed lunch, to pack in as much creative time as possible! However, there are local shops and cafes a short drive away, or 10-15 minute walk.
Tea, coffee, and light refreshments will be supplied throughout the day.
Contact me and ask! I am not always able to reply straight away, but will answer as quickly as possible!
This is new website functionality for me, whilst I am setting everything up, and getting used to the system, I have decided to do UK only shipping, at a flat rate of £5 Postage and Packing for all shipped items.
I will monitor this and refine over time.
If you are based outside of the UK, and want artwork or supplies shipped to you, simply contact me for a quote.
Arty Heaven consists of Julie, plus a couple of occasional helpers, there is no big logistics infrastructure, I offer encaustic wax supplies as a service to others, as they are so tricky to come by in the UK, and I recall the frustration of not being able to source sensible supplies only too well.
I will get to orders, and requests as quickly as possible, but please bear in mind that if I am running workshops, or doing exhibitions, or running my children to football, my responses might not be immediate!
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WORKSHOPS & DEMOS
Learn how to paint with wax. Go here to find videos, online workshops, freebies, inspiration, and info on art club talks.
BUY WAX SUPPLIES
We supply LOTS of encaustic wax supplies, a bit like gold dust here in the UK… Explore and be like a kid in a candy (wax) store.
JULIE ANN’S ART
Arty Heaven is run by Julie Ann, her passion is painting, inspiring and encouraging others, click here to view and buy her art.