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Beautiful Backgrounds

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10 am-4 pm, $200 (1 spot left)

It's tough to start a great painting from a blank panel, so why not give yourself a head start? In this class you'll have the opportunity to try several intuitive painting techniques including layering gesso and paint for a rustic, weathered look as well as flinging your favorite inks and paints to get a spontaneous start! You can also use some types of gesso to add texture and create patterns on your panel before waxing.

I often sketch into my wet gesso to get an idea of what I want my imagery to look like in the final work, or use traditional paints and inks with the gesso before I start adding wax. Not every type of paint is appropriate, but I'll introduce several for you to try. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided including 2 wood panels, but you are welcome to bring additional panels up to 14" on the longest side to work on.

Please note: You will not paint with hot wax in this class because the gesso will need to dry first, but your panels will be ready for you to work on at home or during your next class. Most students will leave class with at lest 2 panels prepared with gesso and the skills to use these techniques on your own.

Confirmation, directions to my studio and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration. Space is limited to 6 students so classes fill quickly.

NOTE: If the date you want is listed below then there is still room in that class.

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If you have trouble registering online please contact me at (503) 348-9139 or waxx@ Classes must be paid for in full by cash, check or credit card prior to the class to confirm your spot. When your payment is received you will be emailed a confirmation notice, additional information about the classes and a map to my studio in NE Portland.

Cancellation and Liability Policies

  • Cancellation at least 14 days before the class date = full refund or may change to another class without penalty.
  • Cancellation 14 days or less before the class date = full refund minus a $30 cancellation fee only if the space is filled by another paying student.
  • No show = no refund.
  • By registering for this class you agree to assume all responsibility for non-refundable expenses including but not limited to travel and lodging. Travel insurance is encouraged.
If the workshop is canceled by the instructor, you will receive a full refund. If another instructor must be substituted for Linda Robertson due to illness or emergency you will have the option to attend the class with the substitute instructor or cancel/reschedule without penalty.

Should any injuries occur during or as a result of participation in any class or workshop, the registered student agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Linda Robertson and all employees, instructors and volunteers connected with Linda Robertson Arts.

Raw panel with texture and color,
no wax at all yet!

Here it is finished with wax and collage

Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@
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