In-person course

Photo-Encaustic Workshop

Sun Worshipper (Photo-Encaustic)



This session focusses on the technique of photo-encaustic. This is particularly of interest to those people who may have already attended my Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop (but not a pre-requisite), and who wish to progress creating photographic based encaustic artwork. The importance of creating a smooth and even surface upon which to embed imagery is vital on this one day workshop, and we will spend some time honing this skill.

There are two main methods of creating a photo-encaustic painting. Transposing the printed image to the surface on paper and dampening the paper making it easier to rub away everything excluding the image. Or, printing your image on specialist papers which are fine enough to soak into the wax leaving the image on the surface. I have had limited success with the former, probably down to my impatience! But love the process of embedding the images in the wax, watching them reveal themselves is as exciting as removing a print from your etching press.

Using images (supplied in advance by you) or from my resources, we will use a variety of papers to embed photographs (both mono and colour) onto the waxed birch ply surface. You will work on three panels (varying sizes - maximum A3) using three different images to create a unique finish to your photographs. Please contact me in advance to discuss what will make a successful photo-encaustic image.
Please ensure that you seek permission to use photography which is not your own.

This workshop is suitable for complete novices, intermediate Encaustic artists or photographers looking to create a different finish to their images.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials, hot and cold drinks in my studio and homemade cakes.

Pre-workshop communication on suitable images and digital preparation of said images.


Lyn Kirkland at Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop
Unit 5, St George’s Studios

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users
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In-person course
- - #30725

It was my first attempt at Photo Encaustic Art at the one day workshop, with the tuition of Lyn Kirkland, our talented and wonderful teacher, who made the day so relaxed and enjoyable.
It was such a unique process. I loved the idea of adding a photo and layering with wax. I loved the textures, coloured pigments and most of all the playfulness of adding your own signature to the end result. I chose a photo of my beloved elderly pet dog. My photo is now so much more interesting and feels more personal to me. My own unique piece of work. Thank you and shall be back to have some more fun!

In-person course
- - #26938

“I had a great day with Lyn in her studio on a one to one photo encaustic workshop. I learnt about encaustic history and tested a variety of encaustic techniques which has given me a great insight into how I may use this in the future in my work. It was a really interesting day, Lyn’s a great teacher, and it was a lot of fun too”

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