Exploring Encaustic Classes for August & September June 25 2017, 0 Comments

Exploring Encaustic with Bethany Handfield

bethany-handfield-paintingLearn to paint with beeswax in the beautiful South Okanagan. Encaustic is method of painting where pigmented beeswax is applied to a substrate using a heat source. Through the Exploring Encaustic series of art classes Bethany guides students on their creative journey with a focus on safety and fun. Having worked with encaustic for 10+ years students can be confident in her instruction and will gain a solid foundation in this medium. 

August 26 & 27: Exploring Encaustic -Intro to the Hotplate 

Learn to paint with encaustic using a hotplate as your palette. In this two day workshop you will learn the basics of getting started with encaustic when painting on wood panel. 

Class Fee: $200 

Class times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day with 45 min for lunch


September 9*: Exploring Encaustic  - Stencils & Texture

Learn to use stencils and other materials to create texture and visual interest to your encaustic paintings. 

Class Fee: $100

Class times: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm  with 45 min for lunch


September 10*: Exploring Encaustic - I Love Metallics

Learn to work with a variety of media to bring sparkle and shine to your encaustic paintings. 

Class Fee: $100

Class times: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm  with 45 min for lunch

* Requires basic encaustic painting experience. Contact Bethany if you have any questions.

Class fees include all materials and equipment used in class. Max 8 students per class. 

Bursaries available for students living in the South Okanagan. 

Exploring Encaustic Workshop: Intro to the Iron June 08 2017, 0 Comments

Let's Paint with Wax!

Exploring Encaustic Workshop The Iron


In this fun workshop we will go over all of the basics of using the encaustic iron on painting cards. This class is a chance to relax and play with colour.  

Suitable for all levels, no prior painting experience needed. All supplies provided

When: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Where: Bead Trails, 13207 Victoria Road North. Summerland, BC

Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm 

Fee: $50 + GST = $52.50

What to bring: Snack for lunch and comfortable painting clothes.

Max 6 students. 

Product Review Contest Winner! May 14 2017, 0 Comments

Thank you to everyone who entered a product review for a chance to win the contest. Your amazing reviews will help other shoppers learn more about the products and how to use them.

The winning name was drawn using an online random name picker. All names were entered (+ bonus names for those who gave 10 reviews).

Congratulations to Kelly P who won $100 store or art class credit!

As an extra thank you I drew 10 more names for bonus prizes!

Congratulations to:

Jill K, Penny G, Jean, Sandy P (drawn twice), Trina48, Kelly P, Jean, Jane, and Betty!

You will receive one of:

  • A coupon for the online shop
  • A goody bag in the mail.

Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Happy Painting


New Paintings May 11 2017, 0 Comments

I am in love with my new series "Rising Up"

Here are the first three! I hope you love them as much as I do :)

Handfield Encaustic Rising Up 2017

The "Tell Us What You Think" Contest May 02 2017, 7 Comments

Win $100 store credit by reviewing products on our website!

Please leave product reviews on the product's page in order to count for the contest as it is automated :)

Product reviews are a great way to share information about products and to let others know what your favourites are and how you use them.

The "Tell Us What You Think" Contest


  • Between today and May 12th leave a product review on our website and receive an entry to the contest.
  • Go to the products page and select an item to review.
  • Include your name, email, and product review to qualify.
  • Each product review = 1 entry.
  • For every 10 reviews you get 5 bonus entries. 
  • Open to Canadian residents only.

Contest runs from today to midnight on May 12, 2017. 

All entries will be put into a draw on May 13th and randomly selected. The winner will be announced by May 15th.

The winner will receive $100 in-store or art class credit.

I will also draw 10 bonus names for a chance to win product sample packs and coupons for the online shop!

Thank you for helping get the word out :)

*** Open to Canadian residents only ***

Bethany & the Exploring Encaustic Team

Michelle Belto & Cathy Nichols News April 23 2017, 0 Comments

Exciting News!

I am excited to share some news with you about two of my favourite artists who work with encaustic: Michelle Belto & Cathy Nichols!

Michelle will be teaching an online class "Nature Paper Beeswax Bundles" at the Artful Gathering Retreats. Michelle is a delightful instructor and we were very lucky to have her come and teach her paper making and encaustic class to the members of CanwaxWest in Penticton several years back. Be sure and check out her website too to see her sculptural work.

Cathy Nichols has been hard at work on her new book "Storytelling Art Studio". Some of you may remember that I was super lucky to play with Cathy in her studio in North Carolina last year. I can say first hand how gorgeous her paintings are and how this book would be an excellent edition to your library.


Enkaustikos On Sale This Weekend April 20 2017, 0 Comments

All Enkaustikos products are on sale for 15% off starting this Friday!

Stock up on your favourite Enkaustikos products!

Use coupon code: 15%FORYOU

Plus you can pre-order Opals, Interference, and Slick Wax. These items go as fast as they come in - so get yours today!

Sale runs April 21st to 23rd.

Online sales only. One coupon code per transaction.

All orders with backordered items will ship when backordered items arrive. (Usually within 1-2 weeks depending on customs)

Encaustic Art - The Original Unboxing Video April 02 2017, 0 Comments

Check out the new unboxing video I created for the new Starter Set by Encaustic Art - the Original.

To Purchase Click Here

The waxes in the Starter Set now include: 01, 02, 44, 06, 23, 08, 31, 10, 46, 24, 12, 48, 13, 15, 27, & 16.

It has 30 x A6 and 10 x A5 painting cards plus the metal scribe.

The instructions now come in French, Spanish, German & Dutch.

Encaustic Art Starter Set

Class News & Rebranding of Encaustic Art March 26 2017, 0 Comments

Rebranding has started for 
Encaustic Art - The Original!

Encaustic Art - The Original is starting the roll out of their new rebranding. The first item out is the new Starter Set. Over the course of the year they will begin rolling out new branding on the packaging as well as some new items! Can't wait to see what they will be.

The new Starter Set contains:

  • 1 encaustic painting iron
  • 30 x A6 white painting cards
  • 10 x A5 painting cards 
  • 1 Starter Wax set (16 blocks)
  • Metal Scribe Tool
  • 1 Starter Set Guide










Unfortunately due to illness I am having to put all future classes and trips on hold right now. This also means not going to the Encaustic Conference in Provincetown. I am sure you can understand what a huge disappointment this is. I am hoping that we can have a report from some of the other Canadian artists attending that can be shared with everyone. 

The online shop will still be open, but the five day Exploring Encaustic class and other classes are postponed until later this year (fingers crossed). If you were interested in attending, please let me know.

Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to me via Instagram and Facebook. I really appreciate your kind words. It is truly an amazing encaustic community. Big Hugs xo

Happy Painting!

Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Bethany & the Exploring Encaustic Team

Encaustic & Mixed Media Classes with Bethany February 28 2017, 0 Comments

Let's paint! Four new creative classes to help you explore encaustic or mixed media in a fun and relaxing setting. Treat yourself to creative play.

Bethany encaustic and mixed media classes in March 2017

 Exploring Encaustic 2017