HoneyBuzzStudio

Handmade Mixed Media Art & Jewelry & More

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Announcement    HAPPY MARCH! To celebrate the forthcoming SPRING, I'm eager to do a bit of spring cleaning. Thus, I have created a brand new CLEARANCE SECTION in my shop! Everything in CLEARANCE is now on sale for 50% OFF original prices! That includes jewelry (necklaces, rings, earrings), triple-ply cloth facemasks, and all wall art -- acrylic, alcohol ink, and even encaustic!

This sale will end soon, so get it while you can. All products are finished, in stock, and ready to ship within 24 hours!

Perfect for a gift for yourself (YOU DESERVE IT), baby gifts, birthday gifts, graduation gifts, MOTHER'S DAY gifts, EASTER gifts, and thinking of you gifts <3

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Last updated on Mar 3, 2021

HAPPY MARCH! To celebrate the forthcoming SPRING, I'm eager to do a bit of spring cleaning. Thus, I have created a brand new CLEARANCE SECTION in my shop! Everything in CLEARANCE is now on sale for 50% OFF original prices! That includes jewelry (necklaces, rings, earrings), triple-ply cloth facemasks, and all wall art -- acrylic, alcohol ink, and even encaustic!

This sale will end soon, so get it while you can. All products are finished, in stock, and ready to ship within 24 hours!

Perfect for a gift for yourself (YOU DESERVE IT), baby gifts, birthday gifts, graduation gifts, MOTHER'S DAY gifts, EASTER gifts, and thinking of you gifts <3

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Handmade Encaustic and Mixed Media Art and Jewelry.

I've spent most of my life searching for that one medium I would fall in love with and that would hold my attention. I've tried watercolor, knitting, acrylic painting, paper collage, beading, and well, just about everything else you can think of (I have A LOT of art and craft supplies hanging around my house). But none of those stuck. But when I tried encaustic painting for the first time? Love. At. First. Try. Within a few weeks, I had a basement studio fairly well stocked with blocks of paint, bags of medium, brushes, bits of paper and other ephemera, and panels and plywood. I have never felt a creative block with encaustic, and every week I make a new (to me?) and earth-shattering (to me!) discovery.

If you aren't super familiar with encaustic painting, here's the quickie Cliffs Notes: Encaustic medium is made of refined beeswax and damar (pine) resin. Encaustic paint is medium plus pigment. You heat either to about 200 degrees until it is fluid. You brush it on a substrate (most people use wood panels), and then you fuse the encaustic to the board by lightly heating with a heat gun or torch. Add as many layers as you want; just be sure to always fuse between applications. You can use almost any medium with encaustic. You can embed paper, photos, and found objects. You can draw on the encaustic surface with pastels, pigment sticks, alcohol inks, and more. When you are finished, do a final fuse and leave to dry/cure for at least several days. To make the piece particularly shiny and luminous, lightly buff with a soft cloth. Experimenting is half the fun. That's the easy, in-a-nutshell explanation. I could really bore you with more, but I'll spare you. Hit me up, though, if you have any questions.

Inspiration for me comes from everywhere -- the artists I've worked with (I used to work in publishing [I was an art book editor] and I worked with some terrific people), antique photos, nature, travel, family, photography, space, science ...

This summer, though, I've found it less appealing to work with heat tools in the Cincinnati heat and humidity. And so I discovered acrylic pour painting. And again -- just like that -- I'm obsessed. I'm working in sizes 4" x 4" to 24" x 24", which allows me to offer something for everyone and a variety of price points (And I'm looking forward to working even larger!) I've even begun making necklaces from the acrylic paints leftover from my pours -- a terrific complement to my encaustic and resin jewelry and at a lower price point!

I've worked hard on the pieces in this shop -- the paintings and the jewelry -- and I hope you find something you love. I would also be happy to speak with you about custom pieces. Because of the nature of encaustic (and acrylic pours for that matter), custom orders will probably take two weeks or so.

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  • Kristy Conlin :)

    Owner, Artist

    I find inspiration in nature, science, and the cosmos - astronomy is my jam! And I when there are art supplies within my reach? It's like I'm in a beautiful trance.

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