Creating a Modular Encaustic Painting

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85

Level up your encaustic skills! Stephanie Hargrave will show you how to build a large, composite painting from individual smaller panels. You’ll learn a new technique as you create each panel—investigating line, color, opaqueness vs. transparency and more—and then you’ll explore how to bring them together into a rich, harmonious whole.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Stephanie Hargrave

Class Description

Push your encaustics to the next level! In this class we’ll build a large, composite painting from individual smaller panels. With each panel we’ll add a new technique, including draw-through prints, graphite, oil paint, reticulated shellac, carving and paper.

Throughout the process you’ll be encouraged to work on each panel as a complete piece in itself and then look for ways to bring them together to create an interesting, rich, varied whole.

If you’re familiar with encaustics, you can jump right in to this class! If you’re new to encaustics, consider taking Stephanie’s “Intro to Encaustic Painting” as a self-study first.

Class Itinerary

Lesson 1: Review and Layering Color

Lesson 2: Draw-Through Prints

Lesson 3: Graphite

Lesson 4: Creating Line with Oil Paint

Lesson 5: Reticulated Shellac

Lesson 6: Assemblage and Presentation





Note: Materials used in this class may contain ingredients that are harmful to your health. We want you to be safe so follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully and work in well-ventilated areas.



Basic Encaustic Set-Up:

  • 2 – 24” x 24” Drywall Panels for work surface
  • Pancake Griddle
  • Heat Gun or Propane Torch
  • Encaustic Paint – Medium and Colors of your Choice
  • Tins – 6 large and 6 small, more if you have them (clean soup cans work or tins you buy at the art store)
  • 1 – 1 1/2” Bristle Brushes, smaller bristle brushes – several
  • 5 Cradled Birch Panels (“Elephant Boards” available at Artist & Craftsman Art Supply ( or 1-800-876-8076)
  • one each: 4×4, 5×5, 5×7, 8×8 and 8×10

Paint (other than encaustic paint), Colors, etc:

  • Oil Paint (one darkish color is enough)
  • Dry Pigment (one color of your choice to be added to clear shellac)
  • Loose Graphite
  • Printers Ink – Water Based ‘Relief Ink’
  • Acrylic Paint for Edges (optional) – I like to use grey
  • Shellac (amber or clear)


Safety Items / Clean Up:

  • Fan near Open window
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Barrier Cream
  • Rags – Several
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Paper Towels


Brushes / Paper / Tools:

  • Fan Brush (for use with graphite)
  • Medium Soft Brush (for use with shellac)
  • Tissue Paper
  • several large sheets
  • Porous Papers of your choice
  • Scraping and Carving Tools (pottery tools work well)
  • Wood glue
  • Blue Tape
  • Piece of glass (about 8 x 10 or larger)
  • Brayer (soft, not hard)
  • Spoon (not to be used with food afterward)
  • Paint opening key
  • Pencil or Charcoal Pencil
  • Old T-shirt to polish final piece
  • Clothes pins
  • Sand Paper – 1 Medium grade sheet
  • Hammer & Nails
  • Eye screws or hanging hardware of your choice
  • Picture Wire / Picture Hangers (optional – I like to hang them on 2 nails)
  • Poster Tack

About the Teacher

BIO2I’ve been both painting and working in clay since college, where I studied color theory, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. I started a line of functional ceramics as a small business in 1997 after studying with Carol Gouthro, and have worked with metal, oil paint, and acrylics over the years, but my medium of choice is bee’s wax. I learned a great deal studying with Jef Gunn and Larry Caulkins at Pratt Fine Arts Center, and have been focusing for the past 9 years exclusively on encaustics. It is the one medium that affords all the other materials I’ve worked in to overlap and inform one another.

I find bee’s wax to be inherently lovely, and work with it always mindful of how its natural beauty and transparency can coexist with my ideas and imagery.

See more wonderful art at Stephanie’s website:

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.