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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Encaustic Wax on Prints

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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55. Encaustic Wax on Prints
A look at applying encaustic wax to canvas prints and how that adds value to original prints.


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3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear Duration:05:37
5 What Factors Dictate Growth Duration:08:24
7 Niche Branding Duration:04:57
11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
13 How to Innovate an Idea Duration:07:07
22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series Duration:05:45
24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique Duration:47:33

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Encaustic Wax on Prints

So the next thing that I want to show you now that we have the promise gel on and all of the oils is my encaustic wax, this is an encaustic wax puck that has been dismantled. We took a a knife and stabbed it, broke it apart, and that's what's heating up in here. So this is our encaustic wax heater and encaustic wax will allow you to brush it over the image and create this layer of wax that drives as thick or thin is you want to apply it. It's a really old process that I think makes it look extra timeless and has extra texture. And it's one of my favorite favorite things to Dio. So I'm going to put on a glove and pour out some of the wax that we have heating in here, and I'm just gonna pour it right here. Don't need much okay? And then I'm going to take my brush here and just to place, um, so get some on the brush and go ahead and paint it directly on and you can watch it. I got some paint in there, so ignore my terribly messy pallet, but you can just go ahead and paint paint paint. I'm...

avoiding what I already have their, and you could do it across the whole thing. You can see the brush strokes so you might end up pouring it on or dipping the print in it. Depending on the kind of print you have. For example, you might decide to print on wood or on metal or on a different medium, where you could dip the whole entire thing into a bath of wax, which would create a really uniforms overall look. Or you can use a paintbrush to really streak it on and see if you like it more textured like this so you could go a smooth or as thick as you want. And this is one of my favorite favorite ways of creating is to create this wax look where you're really applying the wax and creating more texture because of it. So those were just some of the ways that I would alter my images by creating original prints. The moment I apply the paint to this, it's an original print. It is no longer something that I could sell is in addition, unless I photograph it as it is, and then sell that as an addition. But this will always be the original print. So it's super exciting to Dio. I recommend if you are going to start to print your images quite a bit to get a set of gloves so that you can handle the images without worrying about fingerprints or dirt. So just making sure that you have a safe way of handling your prints is always really helpful. These particular prints are printed on canvas, and that's why they have a little bit of a sheen to them. Canvas prints are going to take paint really beautifully because canvas is meant to take paint, so that's a great way to go. But if you use a paper or any other medium, just consider how the paint will sit on it, how it will dry on it if it's going to soak into it or not. But aside from that, just have fun playing because that's the whole point of this, isn't it? Is to simply play and allow your images to become something more than what they were

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


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Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!