the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080


Announcing Elizabeth Schowachert's Three-day Workshop:

In the Flow – Ink, Tools, Brushes, Paper

Friday, September 3rd, Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th, 2021

10:00 to 4:00 each day!

The cost is $625.00 which includes many supplies (supply and registration info below)



In this workshop Elizabeth will show a variety of materials, tools and techniques to apply in your expressive art making processes. In addition to the traditional brushes we use, each student will build their own mark making tools and brushes for use in applying ink to paper. Develop your unique voice as a mark maker exploring both loose and gestural strokes and or controlled and orderly ones. These expressive mark making skills and the tools you’ll be making can become a part of your on-going practice whether you’re using paint on canvas, ink on paper or a scratched mark on plaster. The possibilities are endless.

We will also discuss some of the cultural aspects of traditional Asian calligraphy: tools, materials and processes. As someone who has spent many years traveling and working in Asia, Elizabeth has tremendous respect for these traditions, the culture and the people.



Workshop Schedule:

Day One (1pm to 4pm): We will use found materials to construct various unique mark making tools/brushes. Each student will be asked to bring unique found materials to use to make their tools during this session. We will also provide various materials for use as well.

Day Two (10am to 4pm): We will explore the connections between materials (paper, ink, tools/brushes) and the artist (making centered, fluid marks – being centered and open). We will explore ENSO (a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create) and other mark making processes/ideas/concepts.

Day Three (10am to 4pm): We will create finished work using the pieces created the previous day, or using work which is created that day (assuming there is sufficient time to dry). Elizabeth will demonstrate how to adhere paper to cradled panel as well as how to use encaustic medium to preserve and display your finished work.

There will be plenty of instruction as well as time to create.




Click on an image below to see a slideshow from the workshop.

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See more images from the workshop in our Flickr album


Provided Supplies

Alcohol inks

Brusho inks

India Ink

Encaustic Medium

One 12x24 board

Two 12X12 board

additional boards may be purchased at the workshop


Provided traditional Asian Calligraphy tools:

Black Liquid Ink

One 10 inch Asian Calligraphy Brush

Sumi-E Scroll Paper 13X55 (5 Sheets)

Red Scroll Paper 6.5 X 55

Joss Paper to share

Sumi-E Scroll Paper 13 X 55 (5 Sheets)


With these tools we will paint on paper to create 13 X 55 inch scrolls and smaller works on paper using Asian Black ink (Sumi-E ink) and Walnut ink.


We will also learn various collage applications using ink paintings and printed/Joss paper. These will be adhered to a panel.


Supplies to bring:

blue tape


brush making materials (mop head, string, feathers, sticks, anything interesting that you can attach to a handle, etc.)

handle making materials (chopstick, bamboo, TX hardwood, found materials).

extra paper towels (one roll provided)

extra gloves (one pair provided)




Elizabeth will be bringing special brushes and papers from Taiwan for sale at the workshop!


Elizabeth Schowachert

Artist Statement:

Connecting is to link or to be linked to; join; fasten. Our lives are made up in part by our connections. Without connections we would literally be alone, living a singular life – it would be akin to living in nothingness. Connections can be fleeting or painful to have or keep. They can also bring joy and happiness and contribute to a more fulfilled

life. My intention with my art/paintings is to explore the most significant connections in my life, those that have influenced me and made the deepest impressions.

Cultural connections have had a significant impact on my life, my way of thinking, the way I choose to live and my ideas about myself. My experiences in Asia especially have influenced my ideas about myself, who I am and how I live my life.

In my current body of work, I am exploring the idea of cultural connection, how 2 cultures can co-exist, maintaining a distinct point of view, while at the same time coming together in a whole new way. A new voice that combines the traditional and the contemporary, in a way that honors and values both.

Artist Bio:

Elizabeth was born and raised in Northern California, and has always held a deep appreciation for and affinity with the sea and the natural beauty of the Northern California coastline. Her paintings reflect the deep bond she feels with nature and her love of the ocean. Organic shapes and forms are almost always present in Elizabeth’s work, whether she is working with encaustic medium or ink on paper.

In recent years Elizabeth has been working primarily with encaustic medium/mixed media (paper, ink, and fabric).



Payment info:

The cost of the workshop is $625.00

A $100.00 non-refundable non-transferable deposit holds your space.

Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: July 23rd, 2021: $525.00

Payment Options:

* via PayPal by requesting a PayPal invoice

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.

* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080

* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993

* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the  July 23rd, 2021 balance of $525 is paid; $515.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.


Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080
























580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080