The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Workshops in 2016

Where I will be teaching in 2016

These are all listed in the side bar with links.
I am travelling about Australia quite a bit next year
So if you want to do a workshop with me
Go have a look

Old Butter Factory, Denmark WA 

Open Drawer, Melbourne VIC

Context Art Blue Mountains NSW

Wrapt in Rocky, Rockhampton QLD

Hopefully a workshop in Brisbane

Off to Portugal

Busy, busy

And don't forget I will be a apart of an exhibition 
in Melbourne opening early March

There have been some images here and on FB
Like this

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Workshops at the Butter Factory Denmark WA

Dear Friends of the Butter Factory,

As the end of the year approaches with haste, we would like to wish you all a fabulous festive season and best wishes for a year of creative fulfilment!
To start the year off in 2016, we are thrilled to have Trace Willans back in Denmark running two different workshops  at the Butter Factory in January ...

​A mixed-media artist, Trace uses a range of materials with a view to their sustainability and low environmental impact. She experiments with traditional mediums such as casein, egg, starch resists, natural dyes and earth pigments., with very exciting and dynamic results. Her work can be viewed on her blog: www.
​.  See below for details of the upcoming workshops on the weekend of 16/17 Jan and 24 Jan....

2 Day Plaster and Wax Books Sat & Sunday Jan 16 & 17th 10 - 4

Work with plaster to make pages for a series of small books, in a variety of ways, including openings, niches and as a way to add textural interest. On the first day we

 will begin by making many different variations and then we will use the second day to embellish our surfaces, using, e.g. simple handmade paints, collage using rabbit

 skin glue, transfers and working with dry pigment. There will be a focus on working with encaustic medium (hot wax). There will be a choice of working in white and

 clear wax adding colour to the surface or there will be a range of colours made up for you to play with. This workshop is designed to be as eco friendly as possible so 

we will be using only natural materials.

 Cost $200

Materials Fee $15

1 Day Rag Pages Workshop Sunday 24th Jan 10 - 4

Starting with cotton rag, work with traditional gesso, cold wax, simple mark making and xanthorrhoea resin to create pieces that can be framed or made into a simple book.

Cost $100
Materials Fee $10

​email Trace 
​ for more info or to register ​

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Works

I am about to deliver these new works to my local gallery

and thought you might like to see some of what I have been up to

in between getting ready for the exhibition 

I will be a part of next year in early March

These are all oil, cold wax and natural pigment

on gessoed watercolour paper

image size 14 x 14 cm
5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in
total size 20 x 20 cm
7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in

Getting ready for a quiet Xmas
just Dan and I on the prawn farm 
and Dan will be working a late shift
but early January we are off home to west
to catch up with family 
and spend some time down south
on our block.

x te

Monday, October 5, 2015

In the Studio October

Jars of Xanthorrhoea Resin
with small works soaking in them

growing into a stack
getting ready for an exhibition
at Beth Hulmes Studio
in Melbourne
next year

I am also working on some small

oil and cold wax pieces

on paper

They are currently taped to my desk top

Hopefully they will turn out nice

Day 1
and some of you may have been following me on FB
under #judsychallenge

Day 22
I am working on the same piece 
doing something every day 
for 30 days
Though I am now going to take a break
of about a week
as my best friend is coming up for a visit
and this really needs a few days to dry

x te

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Student's Wax Books

I love when I get to see the 
end result of a workshop
I have given

These images are all the work of Louise Plint
who hosted my Wax and Plaster Book workshop
held in Ingham last month

They very beautiful

The beginnings can be seen 
in the other two posts about this workshop
1 and 2

I am very impressed with the finished result

It is such a fun medium to work with

a bit of plaster bandage 
some milk paints
some pigments and
some wax

So far I have two workshops in this technique 
scheduled for next year

I am very much looking forward to seeing
the results from those

x te

Monday, September 21, 2015

Teaching in Portugal

How lucky am I  that next year not only to I get to visit my Sister and Father who now live in Portugal but I also get the opportunity to teach there as well.
 I will be at the teaching at the Pink Buddha Art Studio in Lousada, near Porto, for the lovely Linda Chaves.
I am so very excited. All the fabulous details here

We plan on arriving in Barcelona at the beginning of September here I will be able to finally see the works of Gaudi, who I have long admired and then we plan on travelling up to the coast to San Sebastian. From there we hope to see as much of the Spanish north coast as possible then around the corner and down to Porto, where I will be teaching a 5 day eco-dyeing class. And then it will be down towards Lisbon for the family visit before flying back to Oz.

So if anyone has any must see ideas please let me know.

Let the planning begin. So excited

x te

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Plaster and Wax, The Results

I know you are all eager for this one
AS were my students
when they arrived fresh and eager at the start of the day
But then I gave then way to many ideas
but they came through winners in the end
I won't be naming names.
They know who they are

So now I have lots of new ideas
to play with

and soon I will be able to talk about
a Natural Dye Workshop
I am planning
for next year
in Portugal
a overseas trip is in the pipeline
oh happy days

x te