Hi, I'm Angelique, a weaver and painter. I believe your home should be your sanctuary, and you should surround yourself with things you love, including amazing art and handwoven linens. Home should reflect who you are, your uniqueness, and your special style.
I’ve always been an artist at heart. But I did what was expected — I went to college and got a sensible degree (well, as sensible as an English Literature degree can be) and started a job as a copyeditor.
After that, whatever I fell into was what I did. What I really wanted at my core wasn’t part of the equation. I needed to make a living, right? I went with the flow right into a job that I hated. I was angry, depressed, and miserable, and I realized I needed to make a major change. But looking at job ads just made me more depressed. I didn’t want to work for someone else any more.
So I made the decision. I quit. It felt so freeing. Now, I’m doing what I always wanted in my heart — I’m a full-time artist and weaver.
Painting and Weaving
I've been painting in oils for a long time, and I discovered encaustic paint almost 10 years ago. The melted wax has a wonderful texture to it, and I love the structural and textural paintings I can do by building up layers of wax. I also recently started using watercolors. Right now, I’m loving abstract watercolor backgrounds with pen and ink drawings over the top.
One morning a few years ago, I woke up and decided to buy a loom. I taught myself to weave on that first rigid-heddle loom, and quickly upgraded to an 8-shaft floor loom so I would have more options for high-quality fabrics.
Now I weave and sew elegant home decor that is made to last, like tea towels and table runners, and stylish, chic accessories, including scarves and shawls. I love using high-quality materials and time-proven techniques, but with a modern sensibility. It’s important that the things I make last a long time – I don’t ever want to make anything that’s disposable. Even dishtowels can be heirlooms!
The overarching theme in my painting and weaving is simplicity and serenity. I’m always looking for peace and that feeling of calm that can be elusive in today’s stressful world. I try to evoke those feelings in my paintings by keeping them simple and dreamy, and in my weaving by working with classic patterns and just a couple colors per piece.
I work from my studio in Southern Oregon, with my rescued pit bull, Roxy, by my side (or, most likely, on the couch).
You can find me on Instagram, where I share behind-the-scenes pics, work in progress, and finished work:
I also have a YouTube channel, where I share videos of my processes for painting and weaving. Check it out!
If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love animals, and am a strong advocate for animal rescue and rehabilitation. To help support my local rescue community, I give a monthly donation to the Northwest Dog Project, a great local organization that rescues and fosters neglected, homeless, and abused dogs and works to get them adopted. I also volunteer weekly at Wildlife Images, a wildlife rehabilitation organization whose main goal is to take in wounded and sick wild animals, nurse them back to health with as little human interaction as possible, and then release them back into the wild.
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About Encaustic Paintings
Encaustic paint is made up of pigment, resin, and wax. To paint with it, you melt the wax to around 160° F – 200° F (I use an electric griddle) and then use a brush to get it onto the painting before it hardens again. Most encaustic paintings are made of many very thin layers of sheer color that are fused together using something like a propane torch or iron.
Cleaning and Polishing Encaustic Paintings
Paintings can get dusty. If you need to dust your piece, use a feather duster or something else soft and gentle to brush off any particles.
Encaustic can also sometimes develop a bit of a haze over its surface (called "bloom") as moisture is released from the wax. To return it to its original shine, just take a super soft rag (an old t-shirt is great for this) and gently rub the surface of the painting until it looks like new.
If your painting has a lot of delicate texture, don't rub it. Just use a duster or something gentle and soft to carefully give it a little buffing on the very surface of the painting.
Framing Your Encaustic Paintings
A lot of people love hanging encaustic pieces with the raw edges showing. That's often what I do! If you prefer framing, I suggest taking the painting to your local framing expert. They can help you choose the right frame for your piece.
Avoid a frame that covers the edges of the face of the painting. The frame will end up marring the wax and you'll end up with scratches or even gouges. Encaustic and mixed media paintings look great in a floating frame, and that's what I generally recommend if you want a frame.