June 10 at the MAH, Museum of Art and History
Let it Rip-The Art of Secret Collage

Angry at someone who’s done you wrong? A friend, lover, colleague, business associate or family member? Politics? Got a Gripe? Are you mad as hell, and don’t want to take it anymore? Want to get it off your chest? Or are you experiencing unrequited love and are afraid to let the person know? Got a secret you’re afraid to talk about but need to get out?  Have a dream you haven’t revealed to anyone yet, but are having trouble containing?  Handwrite a letter and say everything you have fantasized about saying face to face. Then rip it, cut it, run it through the shredder and make art out of it. It is guaranteed to lower your blood pressure and make you sleep better.

You will create a paper object with lots of “ju ju” that is a prime example of reveal and conceal, some of my favorite components as I make art. Learn a cool hanging technique with magnets, or maybe burn the darned thing.

This workshop is based on the work entitled Family Portrait that was in the 2016-7 MAH Collections show. That piece is composed of many years of family letters that I inherited, which were written in anger, forgiveness, happiness and everything else.

You can bring family letters, photos, any paper items that you would like to transform. You can digitize or copy the document and use the original in your art. Or, you can simply come with your thoughts ready to go onto paper. Appropriate writing prompts will be given to inspire your writing.

All materials are provided:

Paper•Writing instruments•Shredders•Scissors•Adhesives•piercing mats•needles and thread

There are still a few slots left. Workshop is $75. It is a donation to the MAH. Here is the link to register. Please include Daniella Woolf Workshop in the body of your message.

Upcoming workshops at Cabrillo College Extension in Aptos, California-look for the Summer Catalog

June 24-25
Tea, Rust and Burn for Textile Artists
This innovative class addresses the techniques of rusting,  burning, and dying using tea to color, enhance and embellish fabric, fiber and paper. Adding these simple, earthy elements to your toolbox will provide you with a lovely neutral palette that could springboard a new direction in your creative work.

We will burn marks, designs and patterns into fabric, using incense, torches, and wood burning tools. We will rust, using steel wool and stencils to create pattern on fabric and paper. Adding tea to the mix incorporates another beautiful neutral, and when combined with rust produces black. Besides working on individual elements, you may also bring an existing garment you want to alter.

You will come away with elements for collage, quilts or garments, and complete a sample book of all your experiments.

Here are some visuals to inspire you:

Rust and Burn on Pinterest

Tea on Pinterest

Here is a short Youtube video demo on rusting over stencils.

And another Youtube video demo with Wendy Aikin on teabags and stencils.
Register here on the Cabrillo Extension website

July 22-23
Totems – Mixed Media Sculpture as Story Tellers
Totems have been used by many cultures to signify a kinship group. They can feature designs that function as supernatural beings, as family crests or to honor chiefs. In this workshop students will construct a totem that tell a story that may commemorate a person, a place, a special occasion, a memory, honor some material no longer in use (bank checks, library due-date cards) or simply transfigure materials into vertical sculpture.

Student are asked to bring materials that have personal or familial significance to incorporate into their totem. They can be photos, letters, artifacts, fabric, wood, etc. These items will be formed into bundles and spacers to create continuity and variety. They will be assembled to be free hanging in space, strung with waxed linen and hung with an “S” hook.

A workshop for those who have stories to tell, personal objects they want to shape into art, or who love to sort, arrange and organize.
Register here on the Cabrillo Extension website

July 29-30
Encaustic Palette Collage
Encaustic Palette Collage is fast, fun and easy. We use encaustic medium for our “glue” that can be worked, and magically reworked an infinite amount of times. If you don’t like your collage, you can simply reheat it, and move the elements, till you are happy with your composition. What glue do you know that will do that for you? We use thin calligraphy paper for our base paper. This unique method, provides you with a quick way to make small collage elements that can be part of a large panel, elements for an installation, embedded in future work, or combined to fabricate a long scroll. You will use thin papers and fabrics and combine them into lovely translucent compositions. Unique hanging opportunities abound. Think layering beyond your wildest dreams! If youve taken the Tea Rust and Burn for Textile Artists, bring all your samples, scraps, large and small to incorporate into your Encaustic Palette Collages.
Register here on the Cabrillo Extension website

August 12-13
Encaustic and India Ink
If you love black and white, this workshop is for you! We will be minimizing our color and material choices thereby expanding creativity. You will be able to control the India Ink, and discover how it can also be unpredictable. The ink can dry on the encaustic surface creating fractal patterns. It is permanent on the surface, and can also be deeply embedded. It can be painted, printed, stamped and written on the surface with various nibs and pens. This workshop will  allow you to delve deeply into the magic of India Ink on the encaustic surface.
Register here on the Cabrillo Extension website

October 30- November 1, 2017
The Encaustic Minimalist

Maiwa Textile Symposium
A 3 day workshop that uses very little equipment with big results. Students will work mostly on paper and fabric, and some wood panels. The primary tool we will use is a hot stylus pen with 6 tips designed specifically for Encaustic. Participants will explore the following techniques: collage, wax resist, mark-making, transfers and stencils. Learn how to work with a minimum of supplies go small and have it all! You will complete a book of all your experiments.
Registration opens in June:

November 2-3, 2017
RusTEA Encaustic
Maiwa Textile Symposium, Vancouver, B.C.
This innovative 2 day workshop addresses the techniques of rusting on paper, fabric and directly onto the encaustic surface. We will also burn paper, fabric, and occasionally our substrates with a variety of tools, such as incense, torches, wood burning tools, and more. Rusting works beautifully on encaustic medium and encaustic paint. We will also experiment with rusted and burned paper and fabric as collage elements.You will complete a sample book of all your experiments.
Visit Daniella’s Tea and Rust and Burn Pinterest boards for samples.
Registration opens in June:


NEW! Online workshop:
The Encaustic Minimalist

The Encaustic Minimalist videoThe Encaustic Minimalist: Doing More With Less is a wonderful new online workshop that includes hi-def videos, ebook pages, suggested products, and inspirational gallery slideshows. Get a feel for the workshop by visiting the workshop page and going through the “INTRODUCTION” section before ordering! Click here to VISIT THE ENCAUSTIC MINIMALIST.

BOOK: Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibiltiy is a curated gallery show in book form, featuring the work of 23 artists working in encaustic with a textile sensibility. Designed by award winning Art Director/Designer, Carol Inez Charney–Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility is a museum quality book produced in gorgeous full color. It is sure to inspire artists working in any medium. From Waxy Buildup Press. Buy Now.

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility

EncausticIf you enjoyed the DVD Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility you are sure to love this enhanced online edition that is complete with higher quality video, gallery slideshows, suggested projects, and the usual Daniella Woolf humor and inspiration!  Now even more like being in one of my workshops, only you can see things up really close! Suggested for people who are interested in taking a workshop, need a refresher after a workshop, or for those who are merely curious about this ancient technique. Filmed beautifully by Studio Galli, remastered and updated  by Daniella and Galli Publishing!
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Encaustic + Paper Workshop

online_encaustic-and-paperOriginally released on DVD, the online edition of Encaustic + Paper features Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, Daniella Woolf demonstrating a huge variety of  techniques using wax on paper with skill, proficiency and humor. This instructive 2.5 hour online workshop  is inspirational for beginners as well as seasoned artists.  Includes new gallery slideshow of artist work!

DVD: Encaustic + Paper

Encaustic and Paper DVD Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, Daniella Woolf demonstrate techniques using wax on paper with skill, proficiency and humor. This instructive 2.5 hour DVD is inspirational for beginners as well as seasoned artists. Available from Wax Works West.

DVD & Book: The Encaustic Studio

The Encaustic Studio by Daniella Woolf is a how-to book with an accompanying one hour DVD. It has gorgeous step out photos, 159 luscious pages, and has 9 projects. It is a great book for learning how to work in encaustic. It was published by Interweave/FW Media in 2012. Available from Wax Works West.

StencilGirl Products

Over 20 beautiful stencils designed by Daniella Woolf available at: