Wax, Paper, Scissors

Crystal Neubauer


October 1–3, 2018



Mixed-Media | All Levels
Class meets 10am–5pm on the first day
and 9am–4pm on subsequent days


Delve into the art of paper and glue, working through an intensive exploration of the art of abstract collage, intended to help you connect to the design knowledge you already carry within you to create satisfying works of art while discovering your own authentic style.

Create compositions utilizing both, elements with organic torn edges, and those deliberately cut with scissors. Learn to select the proper adhesive, determine what substrate to utilize, and alter a variety of salvaged materials for use in collage.

The class will include a hands on comparison of the unique nature and differences found between hot encaustic wax and cold wax medium when applied to the paper elements and incorporated into the design. We will also examine the qualities unique to each of three protective finishes, hot encaustic wax, cold wax medium, and spray varnish and leave the class with a new found confidence in your ability to determine which to use.


Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

October 1–3, 2018

Workshop Materials List

Student materials list:
Personally collected ephemera and found papers
9?x12? or larger Spiral pad 140# cold press water color paper
xacto knife
Circle Stencil Template: https://www.dickblick.com/products/chartpak-pickett-circle-templates/
Small Gamblin Cold Wax Medium: https://www.dickblick.com/items/00456-1014/
Inexpensive Hake Brush 1-2? https://www.dickblick.com/products/yasutomo-flat-hake-brush/
Bone folder, rubber wedge or credit card: https://www.dickblick.com/products/kemper-rubber-finishing-tool/
Sanding block
Old magazine or mail order catalog (not for collage material)
Unscented baby wipes
Empty container for water
Disposable latex free gloves

Crystal Neubauer is a full time working artist seeking to create a dialogue around the issue of self worth, identity, and the perception of human value through the use of salvaged materials. She calls her creative process intuitive, but it all boils down to learning to trust and open oneself to the voice inside. The one that can guide creative decisions and bring about a much richer work of art than what skilled technique alone can do.

Crystal is gallery represented and the author of The Art of Expressive Collage; Techniques for Creating with Paper and Glue, published by North Light Books in 2015. She has a series of video tutorials produced by the same publisher. In addition to her work as a visual artist and writer, Crystal teaches workshops nationwide. Her studio is in Racine, Wisconsin.

For more information about Crystal and to view a portfolio of her work visit her website at: crystalneubauer.com







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