the encaustic center

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

We're so excited! Leah will be here In-person and she will be Zooming from here, as well!

Please let me know if you would like to be here in-person at The Encaustic Center / Bonny Studio or Zoom from home / studio so I can schedule you in properly. I will need your physical address if you are Zooming from home, and phone #, so Leah can ship your prints when ready.

Additionally, once your space is confirmed, please be sure to make a plan with Leah to schedule time to go over your images. (Full info below - see "Images to Leah")

Please take a look through all the info and the supply list below and let me know if you'd like to join in.


A 3-day Photo Encaustic Workshop with

Leah MacDonald

History, Layers and Depth

Friday, December 4th, Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 2020

10am to 4pm each day - Masks required

In-person with Leah here:

The cost is $900 which includes printouts on high quality papers of your images, wax pours, boards and many additional supplies

Zoom option:

The cost is $825 (for Zoomers) which includes printouts on high quality papers of your images - please be sure you have all other supplies on hand - see below


This workshop is designed to teach a variety of encaustic techniques on varied photographic materials. My background is in chemical wet darkroom photography mixed with encaustics. I teach and encourage the art of alchemy. Each participant will be asked to submit 4 photographs to be printed black and white on various types of Hahnemuhle and rice papers. From beginning to end I will share personal styles and practices. Through demonstrations and active art making I encourage action and reaction to constantly changing surfaces. I discuss weight, heat, layers and focus on additive and subtractive techniques. Painting materials will include encaustic, pan pastels, pigment sticks and wax pencils plus lots of encaustic tools. This workshop is for artists of all levels. Our end product will consist of 6 total pieces: two - paper, two -11 x 14 panels and two 6 x 8 panels for pours.



Provided Supplies and links for those of you wanting to order:

Print outs of your images will be on the papers below:

  • rice paper
  • hahnemuhle photo rag 188gsm
  • hahnemuhle William Turner
  • (info on images to send Leah, below)


Two 11" x 14" cradled panels and two 6"x8" cradled panels for the pours - provided

Encaustic Gesso - provided for in-person participants

Encaustic Medium - provided for in-person participants - Our medium is $17.50 per pound plus shipping, if you'd like to order

Beeswax - provided for in-person participants - Our Beeswax is $18.94 per pound plus shipping, if you'd like to order

Pan Pastels - some provided for in-person participants

Aluminum tin for the pour - provided for in-person participants

Level- good to have on hand for the pour - provided for in-person participants

Encaustic Paint - provided for in-person participants - a few neutrals, soft tones & colors are fine for those of you purchasing - see note below

R&F Paint and Pigment Sticks and Enkaustikos Paint are available for sale at The Encaustic Center at 20% off. If you would like to order certain colors to have them here reserved for you, please be in touch. And if you want some shipped, please let me know. Link to our supply page

Heat Guns and Torches:  provided for in-person participants

Pottery loop tools - provided for in-person participants

Brushes: provided for in-person participants

Irons - provided for in-person participants - another option: iron

Images to Leah:

Please schedule your individual Zoom Pre-Meeting with Leah to discuss photo options for the encaustic workshop. From Leah: "We will be making 6 pieces total. We can look at editing styles and tips and prepare your images together. We can discuss editing, cropping, tone, and which images might work well with the various processes covered in the workshop." Please allow 20 minutes and be prepared with 10 possible photographs."

Email Leah to set up zoom meeting time before November 7th. Each participant's work will be sized to fit your panels: four 11"x14" and two 6"x8".

Bring or have on hand:

Blue tape

razors blades

A notebook



You are welcome to bring stencils, lace, string and collage / ephemera but there will be plenty here for your use



Day 1


*Set up paper prints, cutting materials, scissors, rulers, razor blades, wax medium, hake brushes, palette knives, pottery tools, r&f pigment sticks, paper towels, small paint brushes, wax paper for palette for pigment sticks, masking tape, stencils, heat guns/ torches

*Set up for wax on paper pieces- 1 rice paper , 1 hahnemuhle paper

*On palette: loaf pan with encaustic medium

hake brushes - various sizes also bristle brushes- various sizes- 1,2,4 inch

*demo on cutting edges of paper- and masking edges of paper

*painting wax medium on paper-

texture, fusing, scraping back, incising

*cut edges of 2 paper pieces

mask edges of paper pieces and paint each piece with wax medium

*Demo-Adding more to the paper pieces- possible to add stencils

*Painting with pigment sticks- mixing color on wax paper palette- applying pigment sticks

*Using extender

*Using paper towels

*Using brushes

*Adding and subtracting

*Fusing pigment sticks into wax medium

*Discussing depth and volume

*Finish the two paper pieces pull the tape off- I usually demo one hand torn and one with masking around the edges

Day 2

Saturday- prepping all 4 panels and pouring

*Setup: loaf pans with encaustic medium, pva glue, foam brushes, scissors, razor blades, sand paper, encaustic gesso, heat guns/torches, irons

*adhering prints to panels- gluing photos with PVA glue

sizing photos, adding photos to panels, cutting photos options for collage or eliminating backgrounds or splitting content- merging photos

*participants can glue panels, paint with gesso - sand edges prep panels for waxing

Pouring demo

Scraping back , incising, painting,

*Adding texture and sculptural elements- string, paper, adding color- pigment sticks - filling In holes- translucent layers

Day 3

Sunday- 2- 11 x 14 panels

Set up- loaf pans x 2 each one with dirty brushes in wax medium, 1 clean, encaustic paints, pigment sticks, pottery tools, incising tools, razor blades, heat gun/torch, iron, stencils, string, encaustic paint, paper towels)

Sunday- Encaustic Painting

working just with wax medium and texture

Layering wax medium

Smooth versus texture

Stencils - types of stencils

Drawing - incising

Woody crayons

Pan pastels

Adding encaustic paint layers

Mixing encaustic paint

Mud- cleaning brushes

Stencil layers


Layering colors

Scraping back

Translucent layers

Handmade stencils to mask

Adding pigment stick on top- controlling contrast and thickness of wax relating to photograph



About Leah MacDonald:

My work is a dialogue between my imagination, my curiosity, my imperfections and my desires. I express the tales of womanhood, sharing stories through form, color and texture.

I am a portrait artist. I primarily photograph women and embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing adding wax for texture and color creating mood changes in the black and white photographs.

Wax embellishes and veils my subjects and I draw to decorate and control the image. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of imagination. I am interested in images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.

I have enjoyed a varied career path within the arts. I shoot digital commercial

photography, primarily weddings, portraiture and events. I owned a small company that designed handmade art books and wedding albums. A former instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, I have taught photography at the college level for over 7 years. I am currently the Education Curriculum Director at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center.

In 2017 I was selected as the recipient of the New Courtland Fellowship by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Now, over twenty years into my career as an artist and art educator, I have taught and exhibited all over the world — from being invited to do a live encaustic painting demonstration on the Martha Stewart show to working in the theater as the scenic director of In My Body: The Musical.

My passion is sharing my art and creativity with others. I have taught workshops as large as thirty-five students and as small as one-on-one private sessions -- from private workshop retreats in France to teaching groups of elementary students in my backyard studio. I have grown to appreciate teaching all age groups for their unique needs and perspectives.

Leah Macdonald website



Cost and payment:

The cost of the workshop is $900 - for in-person participants

The cost of the workshop is $825 - for Zoomers

The full amount is currently due

Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

via Zelle to

* 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-person cancellation policy: In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full; $790 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.

Zoomer cancellation policy: In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full; $715 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.

Please let me know if you'd like to join in and I look forward to having you!


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