In the first part of this series on the Encaustic Transfer Mixed Media Process, we looked at how to prepare your collage for the transfer using the acrylic gel medium, and how to make and prepare your wax tablet for the application of the acrylic gel skin to its surface. All the hard work has been done, and now you need to adhere the acrylic skin to the surface of the wax properly.

* I tried to take photos of all parts of the process, but was not always able to take photos in class, while pouring hot wax for instance. I am hoping in the future to completely document the process or do a ustream broadcast!


This process includes the use of hot liquid wax, sharp craft knives and other hot/sharp/pointy items and tools that should not be used by children! This is not a simple process, and should definitely be done under adult supervision, so kids CHECK WITH YOUR PARENTS FIRST!

This project took several lessons to complete. The aim was to produce two mixed media encaustic transfer drawings on a micro-crystalline wax-covered board. Like a digital photo-montage made in photoshop, the work is produced in layers. These layers all incorporated drawing in some way, either on the paper or on the wax, and you could also paint on top of the clear gel medium after it dried.

It is the first time I have tried such a process, and I will definitely continue to make more of these in the future! It is quite an involved process, but it was lots of fun!

Week 1 at Weltec.

Unfortunately when I arrived at Weltec on Monday, I found that the animation course had been cancelled due to lack of enrollments! This was very disappointing, but after a chat with the helpful staff I decided to enroll in the drawing class instead which will still be a great help.

Back to School...

I have been doing flash animation since 2003, and have been pretty comfortable learning about how to apply traditional animation skills to the flash platform. However, now I want to learn more about other types of animation, including stop-motion. I took the plunge and enrolled in a summer animation course at Weltec, which covers all kinds of 2d animation, including stop-motion! I am looking forward to brushing up on my skills in this four-week intensive course and hopefully producing some worthwhile samples while being exposed to different skill-sets and software environments! I will be tweeting about my experiences, and am hoping to do a weekly blog-post that sums up what I have learnt each week on the course.

I have been thinking for a while about alternative methods of building a community around Squibbleworld.

One of the options I had not considered previously was setting up a monthly email newsletter. This is because I mainly associate email newsletters with companies that use newsletters to tell you about their latest offers. This is useful if you are looking for a particular item on special, but normally I mark most of these types of email newsletters as read immediately, or at best skim through them quickly.

However there are a few email newsletters that I actually read from beginning to end. The first of these are the Computer Graphics World E- Newsletter and the Animation Mentor newsletter. This is not surprising because they are basically magazine-format newsletters that focus on subjects in which I am particularly interested. More surprising however is the Jbox newsletter. You can see they have also embedded the latest newsletter into the front page of their website. The Jbox website sells all kinds of cute items straight from Japan. Like other commercial email newsletter campaigns, the Jbox newsletter includes a list of its latest products. What is different about the Jbox newsletter is that it always starts with the author's impressions of life in Japan as a foreigner, cultural insights and sometimes interesting tidbits relating to vocabulary and language structure. It's true that when I get to the end of the newsletter, I often skim through the list of latest items just as I do with most other commercial newsletters. On the other hand, I always look forward to those few minutes in my day where I open the Jbox newsletter to read interesting information about a completely different culture.

Why then is this type of newsletter more effective than one in which a company merely lists items that are on sale, or offers its readers coupons? You need to ask yourself: what can I offer our subscribers besides our latest special offers? Your readers will stay subscribed to your newsletter longer if they feel you have something more to offer them than your latest specials or cut-price deals. Put your items or the service you are promoting in context, by providing interesting background information on that topic for your readers.