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Abstracted Play in Oil and Cold Wax - June

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Abstracted Play in Oil and Cold Wax - June
Dayna Collins
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$425 plus $20 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
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Workshop Overview

Oil and cold wax is a versatile medium that creates rich luminosity and interesting surfaces. Using the surrounding area as our jumping off point for playful abstraction, we will experiment with laying down paint, building texture, scraping away and then doing it all over again. We will work intuitively and abstractly on multiple pieces, exploring texture, layers, composition, design and the use of color through oil paint and pigment sticks. The layers dry quickly and clean up is done with mineral oil. You will complete several pieces plus go home with painting starts.

About the Instructor(s)

Dayna Collins is an energetic and enthusiastic abstract painter. She loves experimenting with texture, layers and color, likening her paintings to going on an archeological dig. Her work can be found in two Northwest galleries and she is featured in several books.

She paints intuitively and abstractly, laying down bold swaths of color in oil paint mixed with cold wax, then going back in, scraping, layering, adding, subtracting, refining the composition and finally discovering the story buried in the paint. She loves making marks using oil pigment sticks, graphite, or by scratching into the surface with a sharp object, each mark reflecting her eclectic personality. She is an energetic teacher and provides a safe place for students to experiment and learn new techniques.

Materials List: Students Bring


• 6-8 wood substrates, no larger than 11x14 inches; we will be working on several boards at once to allow for drying time. You can use cradled or flat panels, or you can work exclusively on Arches oil paper. Please pre-gesso your boards: three layers of gesso, sanding in between layers. No need to gesso Arches oil paper.

• 16-oz. Gamblin or Dorland's cold wax

• Catalyst Wedge No. 6 Princeton Brush Co. silicon scraper

• 2 or 3 palette knives in a variety of sizes 3 or 4-inch

• Putty knife with flexible blade

• 12x16 inch pad of Arches oil paper

• A small assortment of oil paints in colors you love, including Titanium white. With a red, blue, and a yellow, we can mix a lot of colors. I'll bring lots of paint colors to share.

• 16x20 inch pad of palette paper

• Roll of paper towels

• Masking or painters’ tape

• Box of wax paper


• A variety of texture-making materials: stencils, corrugated cardboard, old rubber stamps. Be creative and bring what you have on hand.

• Mark-making tools: skewers, awl, clay tools, nail, metal dental picks. Again, be creative.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

Instructor Provides:

• Galkyd medium

• Gamsol Galkyd LiteMineral oil

• Citra-Solv

• Large variety of paints to share

• R & F Pigment Sticks

• Stencils

• Brayers, and scrapers to share

• Texture-making materials to share

• Mark-making tools to share

• Charcoal and graphite pencils

• Loose charcoal and graphite

• Marble dust

• Pan pastels

• Baby wipes

• Gloves

• Tissue paper & newsprint

arcoal and graphite pencilsLoose charcoal and graphiteMarble dustPan pastelsBaby wipesGlovesTissue paper & newsprint

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