Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Here's a change of pace.

My friend and long-time critique group partner Kassandra Kelly has just released this eBook, aimed at folks with a yen to paint with wax. Now, I'll admit I don't know jack about encaustic art, but I know good writing when it see it - and there's plenty in this book.

If you happen to be artistically inclined, or know someone who is, you, he or she ought to hop over to Amazon and grab this book before the end of its free promo period. Tomorrow, the price goes up to $7.99. To an encaustic artist, of course, I'm sure it's worth way more than that, but hey - FREE is a very good price.

Here's the review I posted on Amazon, and every word is true:


If you’ve ever dabbled in encaustic art, ever WANTED to dabble in encaustic art, or just want to know what the heck it is—this is the book for you.

This step-by-step manual is not only a thoroughly-researched guidebook to the creation of encaustic art—it’s also a heck of an entertaining read.

The focus here is helping you to DO-IT-YOURSELF, and ON THE CHEAP, everything from acquiring tools, equipment and materials, to using them safely and wisely—helping you produce works of art that will be around long after we’ve all turned to dust.

It’s clear that Kassandra Kelly has learned by doing, through trail and error and trial again, and she’s passing her secrets on to you, to save you time, money and a whole lot of frustration. And the writing is all so clear—and conversational—that you almost forget you’re reading. It’s like she’s standing right there next to you, explaining the finer points and guiding you every step of the way. 

But hey, that’s what you’d expect from a book titled Encaustic Materials Handbook. The bonus is that Kelly’s prose is so entertaining—and so informative. Did you know that the Egyptians used encaustic methods to create portraits for mummy cases? Or that pieces of encaustic murals survived the destruction of Pompeii? You will after reading this book. You’ll also be party to the secrets imparted by Pliny the Elder before he was fried to a crisp on Mount Vesuvius. And you’ll know how the encaustic process is related to the production of such widely divergent products as soap and hockey pucks. 

Trust me. You’re going to LOVE this book.

Click HERE to "buy." 


Kassandra said...

The amazing thing is that our Evan actually read my arty book. And found a shocking number of typos! Sheesh. He's the guy you want to proof read your stuff. In my case, maybe shoulda had him read it before it went live, but there you go. Thanks, Evan, for being a pal all these many years.

Rick Robinson said...

Got it, thanks. I'm going to try some of the techniques.