Breaking All the Rules

Stephanie Rubiano

rubianobiopicpStephanie Jones Rubiano is a native Austinite who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She worked as an environmental scientist for a major drilling company in Houston, TX for five years after that. Therefore, it stands to reason that she has now chosen art as her career path. She is a mixed-media artist who enjoys using antique photographs, real butterfly wings and a variety of uncommon objects in her shadow boxes. Stephanie teaches workshops at national art retreats such as ArtFest and Art & Soul and has had work in past mediums shown in galleries and boutiques across the United States. She is an emerging artist on the art festival scene. In October of 2008 she participated in her first nationally-ranked art festival, the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX, and placed 2nd overall out of 300 national artists. Her work has graced the covers of magazines and books as well as been the subject of articles and how-to projects. She can be contacted through her website.

Encaustic Light Houses

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Kit Fee: $15, All Levels, Project and Technique Class, Maximum Class Size 12 Students

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In this innovative class you will oversee the marriage of textiles and encaustic wax medium. You will learn how to create fabric with your favorite images and form stiff wall panels, ready to be adorned with stitch work and your best bits and baubles. Encaustic wax medium will be added to these walls to give them strength and a lovely finish. Sew up the sides with waxed linen thread, add a roof and you will have a wonderful little house to set on a shelf or mantelpiece. The best part is placing an electric votive inside the house …sit back and watch the light glow and flicker through the waxed walls!

Supply List:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Awl or needle tool
  • Ruler
  • Favorite trims and treasures (some need to be heat-resistant)
  • Favorite colors of embroidery thread

Kit includes preprinted fabric panels, gem tintype, electric votive, waxed linen thread, and needles.  Stephanie provides encaustic medium, brushes, extra fabric, extra embroidery thread, extra trims and treasures.

Cabinet Card Curiosities

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kit Fee: $20, All Skill Levels, Project and Technique Class, Maximum Class Size 12 Students

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We will use original cabinet cards and cdvs (tiny cabinet cards) to create wonderful cut outs!  You can make a single one to stand alone or create a grouping to grace a shelf!  You will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw and work with metal (drilling, cutting, etc.).  You will learn how to print on fabric and then stiffen this fabric with encaustic wax or resin to create realistic wings for your curiosities!  Techniques to color and decorate the cards will be explored as well.  So gather some of those monochromatic cards you have lying around and give them some personality!!

Supply List:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Awl or needle tool
  • Ruler
  • Favorite trims and treasures
  • Optional Supplies (These tools are great to have in your kit and you won’t have to wait in line to use mine!):
    • Jeweler’s saw frame (110-134 http://www.riogrande.com)
    • V-slot bench pin (110-010 http://www.riogrande.com)
    • Favorite colors of embroidery thread
    • Thin gauge metal from candy, tobacco, cookie tins
    • Tin shears (Fiskars Microtip Soft Touch scissors work well)
    • Cabinet cards (4 ½” x6 ½”)

Kit includes 4 Cabinet cards, fabric butterfly wings, saw blades, 1/6” eyelets, needles, and white gel pen.  Stephanie provides all of the following for your use in class: jeweler’s saws, bench pins, eyelet setters, encaustic wax medium, resin, acrylic paints, pastels, decorative brads, decorative papers, brushes, and wire.