Exploring oil & cold wax

This 1-day workshop is the perfect follow-on from the Atmospheric landscapes workshop where you will be introduced to techniques for building rich layers of texture, patterns, marks, and colour to form rich, complex foundations to your paintings. 

We will focus on mark making with drawing materials and explore different ways to create textures, patterns and lines using a variety of tools and solvent reduction techniques.

The workshop will include information about techniques, as well as demonstrations and plenty of time for practice. You will be amazed by what you can create in just one day!


What will be covered?

  • Introduction to using cold wax medium with oils
  • Introduction to the tools
  • Working wet-on-wet
  • Using transparent and opaque colours to create depth and atmosphere.
  • Creating textures and lines using a variety of tools and techniques
  • Incorporating pigments and loose powders such as marble dust into your work
  • Incorporating pigment sticks and oil bars and other drawing mediums
  • Blending techniques
  • Building layers of texture and patterns
  • Solvent reduction techniques


Examples of work created on this 1 day workshop with Paula Dunn 

Do I have the experience?

This is a standalone workshop so there is no need to have attended any previous workshops. So whether you are a professional artist or haven’t picked up a paint brush since school, absolutely no experience of painting or of working in oils needed. Just come prepared to have fun and to experiment.


Example work from the workshop 

I'm hooked... what other workshops can I do?

Once you have attended this workshop you can progress to the Advanced oil and cold wax 3-day workshop where you will be shown advanced techniques as well as work on creating a series of paintings.


Example work in this workshop 

Workshop dates

There is plenty to choose from whether you want to visit me at my studio based at the Craft house in Yorkshire or fancy combining a holiday in Cornwall with a bit of creativity. Head on over to my workshop listings to find one that suits you.