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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

K to J special

I have been blessed with two amazing people in my life who've come to represent for me the near perfect example of all that is the human possibility of unconditional love. These two forces teach me more than I care to admit sometimes and for this I am featuring a kit in their honor:)
The just released, wildly popular, you don't want to miss this one Wood icing MBShaw stencil EncaustiKits kit is the special feature from K to J; that is, from December 28th, K's birthday to January 28th, J's birthday! Catchy huh?!
Enjoy a $7.00 savings on this fantastic kit on all online orders. This kit is an online exclusive; you'll never see it in stores, so nab one today and indulge in all of its goodness. It's become my favorite!
And to all those who stand in the wings and are the unsung force behind success, count this your nod to acknowledgement of your support in our lives :)
in love. trish

Friday, December 24, 2010

Two new kits!

Two new kits added to the EncaustiKits line:
Wood icing and MBShaw stencil kit~

and Plaster kit~

Two hot techniques to jazz your painting in encaustic!

Friday, December 10, 2010

bridgette guerzon mills blog!

Friend and fellow encaustic artist Bridgette Guerzon MIlls posted this review on her blog; enjoy!

encaustic + a kit = encaustikits!
I have mentioned before that throughout the years I have received many emails asking how one gets started in encaustics. I have my whole spiel I write out, but I also mention to people who have never worked in wax before or who may not want to invest in all the paints and supplies to try this: get a block of beeswax, melt it onto the surface of your substrate and then use oil sticks or oil paints on top. This is not encaustic for the purists, mind you, it's just a way to introduce yourself to working with wax, pigment and heat. You still need to have on hand either a tacking iron (to help melt the block of beeswax) and a heat gun (to fuse).
Anyway, all this to say that Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch has created a line of products called Encaustikits. It's kind of like a starter kit for people who are interested in encaustics like I described above. She sent me one to try out and I was really happy to do so especially since she sent me the EncaustiKits Incising Kit. I often use my awl or pintool to write and draw into the surface of my wax, so I was eager to give it a try
I have to say that I really liked the incising tool that was included in the kit. I normally use a pintool from back in my ceramics days. Which works fine. But this tool had two ends to it. Each tip ended with a rounded ball, which made for a much cleaner line than my pintool normally left.
The hake brushes that came with the kit were a dreeeeaaaam to paint with. Seriously, painting with encaustics you just have got to use one of these brushes. At least for me, that's been the case. I tried to go cheap once and regretted it. The hairs kept falling into the wax. It was so aggravating that I ended up taking all the brushes (I had bought a big tub of them on clearance) and donated them to the art room at my son's preschool.
The kit also came with Encausticbords, which I have been curious about since they came out recently. It definitely has a nice surface. But I would have to try painting on a larger surface to seal my opinion on it. I generally like to paint on wood or clayboard. But like I said, I didn't feel like I got a good grasp on how well I liked the board or not since it was only 4x4 inches.
The kit also came with two painting sticks which I always enjoy using when I paint with encaustics. A tin of yellow encaustic paint came with as well. I don't normally use that bright of a yellow in my paintings, so I was a little hesitant, but it was nice change of pace for me to play with...and it made me think of sunflowers and so out came this little painting:(see blog! http://bgmartjournal.blogspot.com/2010/12/encaustic-kit-encaustikits.html)
So if you or someone you know is interested in trying out encaustics, this is a good way to test out the waters. According to the site it looks like there is going to be a plaster and encaustic kit coming out next year....mmmhmmm, I just love plaster + wax.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

tweeking and updating!

Change! It's always a good thing :)
We are making a few changes to things around here, based on initial sales, tester response and our own learned experience!
The labels have been revamped; lasting longer, holding stronger and (sigh!) so much easier to peel and adhere!!!
The instructions hav been tweeked to read more fluidly and take you through the process with ease.
The case pack information is being developed and should be live in the wholesale page by the first of the year~
Relationships with vital vendors have been made more perfect and the consumer will reap the rewards! Look for two amazing new, second stage, kits to be available by February 2011 :)
best of the holiday season to all~
in love. trish.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Warm reception!

Great welcome to EncaustiKits at the vending night for Art and Soul Portland! Thank you to all who invested in my dream and are enjoying the spreading of beeswax goodness :) Details coming together for CHA in Los Angeles with confirmation of EncaustiKits doing a demonstration for retailers; woot!~ Booth team coming together on a shoe string...God provides! in love. trish

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


This is SO fantastic!
I am so terrified...
This is SO God's path for me!
I am so scared of where this is taking me....
This is SO exciting!
I am so filled with doubt I could vomit....
This is SO what I am suited to accomplish!
I am so weary and washed out.....
My life is SO much a blessed testimony!
I am so frightened of how far this is stretching me....
The SO will forever outweighs the so.....SO I continue to take the next step and I am a GO! God is it. encaustikits official sales day one....in love. trish

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Home! for 9 days...

In between Portland trips! My just about, probably true, admit it I love it, favorite place~
Just finished a fantastic three day workshop at Sitka Center on the Oregon coast where inspiration was thick and joy in EncaustiKits ran high!
Returning next week for five days all over the state: indulging in a workshop, taking advantage of the opportunity to do coffee and talk ideas with an inspiring artist, tour a campus, connect with a new wax supplier,do a demo at ArtMedia in Beaverton then vend at Art and Soul saturday evening! Go encaustikits!
Speaking of which, the site is up and running! Adjustments being made, but functioning! Pass it on~www.encaustikits.com
in love. trish

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What's the difference between a small-business owner and an entrepeneur?

How would you answer?! I'd love to know your opinion....
Here are some from Entrpreneur Magazine, August 2010.
An entrepreneur is a creator and an innovator. A small-business owner may or may not be.
A small-business owner pulls up his shutters at 9am and calls it a day at 6pm. An entrepreneur is always open for business.
Small-business owners eat crab legs in their first year. Entrepreneur ramen noodles.
A small-business owner has already determined their potential; small. An entrepreneur has already determined the world is his oyster.
An entrepreneur takes a too-big bite then figures out how to chew it~
in love.trish

Thursday, September 16, 2010

studio or factory!?

thriving in the process~ in love. trish

Monday, September 13, 2010

Almost there....

follow on twitter! @encaustikits.com! I'd love to have you along~

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We're live!!!!

Much tweeking needs to happen and it is only a home page thus far...but I'm working on it! Success comes in stages :) Enjoy with much more to come. in love trish.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

amazing grace

by the grace of God. EncaustiKits is born!
He mercifully gave me vision, followed it with a heavy dose of perseverance, topped that with blinders to others' interpretations and laid it all in a solid dish of resolve. Thank you my God. It is all for you, from you and about you. Let me do you justice, shine your light and give credit only to you for the glory you've allowed me in this. All to you. And now, I jump in with both feet and arms spread wide!....
~blog ordering and full merchandise list coming soon; fully functioning website slated for end of year! go waxy! trish

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

REALLY! I'm coming!

Okay, not much happening here; but I'm working on it daily! Look for something big in September...but knowing me, I'll get it together in August and surprise everyone! Happy summer and I'm looking forward to a fun ride here :) go waxy~trish