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Painting Abstractly With Cold Wax and Oil with Linda Benton McCloskey

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Painting Abstractly With Cold Wax and Oil with Linda Benton McCloskey

October 6 @ 9:30 am - October 8 @ 4:00 pm


3 Day workshop: Friday through Sunday from 9:30-4

This workshop is for artists who want to learn how to create abstract paintings using oil and cold wax and a palette knife. First two days we will be working on abstract pieces and the third day we will be painting abstract landscapes. Students will be working on panels and paper to explore applying layers, using good compositional design, unique techniques and the use of different tools.. There will be many demonstrations and personal help.  Students will also learn color harmony and abstract design. The workshop is geared to beginner and intermediate artists who want to learn the techniques of painting with cold wax.


1 pint of cold wax (Gamblin or Dorlands)

Oil paint – Gamblin 1980 and Utrecht are a good choice. You should have a green, red, blue, yellow, orange and purple.  Plus 2 tubes of white and 1 tube of black.  Any other colors you enjoy would be fine. We will be using lots of white. You can also use water-soluble oil paint. You cannot use both, one or the other.

A bowl scraper – Zole + Chloe Multi=Purpose Silicone Scraper from Amazon is a great choice and can be purchased from Amazon.  I will also have them to purchase at cost.

Gamblin’s Gamsol odorless solvent – put in a spray bottle. Solvent must be odorless.

Palette knife

Supports – Arches OIL paper / Multimedia Artboard / cradled wooden panels / canvas /panels made for oil. All panels and cradled panels need to be gesso’d prior to class!  If using cradled panel, also tape the sides. If you have a question about this, I can send you a short video on how it’s done.  You will need at least 5 to 6 supports for the 3 days.  We will be working on several at a time.  Supports should be no larger than 16 x 16. You can work on paper or panels, you don’t need both.

Roll of paper towels

Roll of Reynolds FREEZER paper – can be found at the grocery store and a Roll of wax paper

Roll of plastic wrap

Masking tape

A couple of cheap or old brushes

A SOFT brayer – I will have some for sale at cost

Cheap dollar store tissue paper

Paper and pen for notes

Old apron or clothes – this can get very messy

Also a tablecloth to cover the floor at your working station

NOT NECESSARY, but nice to have

You are also welcome to bring – marking tools such as pencils, markers, etc


Collage items


Things to push into the paint for texture

Color shaper

Plastic Gloves


All items can be purchased from Dick Blick, Cheap Joes, Jerry’s Artarama or Amazon.


October 6 @ 9:30 am
October 8 @ 4:00 pm
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340 Verbeke Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102 United States
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Cold Wax
$ 300.00
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