Product Review Contest Winner! May 14 2017, 0 Comments

Thank you to everyone who entered a product review for a chance to win the contest. Your amazing reviews will help other shoppers learn more about the products and how to use them.

The winning name was drawn using an online random name picker. All names were entered (+ bonus names for those who gave 10 reviews).

Congratulations to Kelly P who won $100 store or art class credit!

As an extra thank you I drew 10 more names for bonus prizes!

Congratulations to:

Jill K, Penny G, Jean, Sandy P (drawn twice), Trina48, Kelly P, Jean, Jane, and Betty!

You will receive one of:

  • A coupon for the online shop
  • A goody bag in the mail.

Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Happy Painting


New Paintings May 11 2017, 0 Comments

I am in love with my new series "Rising Up"

Here are the first three! I hope you love them as much as I do :)

Handfield Encaustic Rising Up 2017

The "Tell Us What You Think" Contest May 02 2017, 7 Comments

Win $100 store credit by reviewing products on our website!

Please leave product reviews on the product's page in order to count for the contest as it is automated :)

Product reviews are a great way to share information about products and to let others know what your favourites are and how you use them.

The "Tell Us What You Think" Contest


  • Between today and May 12th leave a product review on our website and receive an entry to the contest.
  • Go to the products page and select an item to review.
  • Include your name, email, and product review to qualify.
  • Each product review = 1 entry.
  • For every 10 reviews you get 5 bonus entries. 
  • Open to Canadian residents only.

Contest runs from today to midnight on May 12, 2017. 

All entries will be put into a draw on May 13th and randomly selected. The winner will be announced by May 15th.

The winner will receive $100 in-store or art class credit.

I will also draw 10 bonus names for a chance to win product sample packs and coupons for the online shop!

Thank you for helping get the word out :)

*** Open to Canadian residents only ***

Bethany & the Exploring Encaustic Team

Michelle Belto & Cathy Nichols News April 23 2017, 0 Comments

Exciting News!

I am excited to share some news with you about two of my favourite artists who work with encaustic: Michelle Belto & Cathy Nichols!

Michelle will be teaching an online class "Nature Paper Beeswax Bundles" at the Artful Gathering Retreats. Michelle is a delightful instructor and we were very lucky to have her come and teach her paper making and encaustic class to the members of CanwaxWest in Penticton several years back. Be sure and check out her website too to see her sculptural work.

Cathy Nichols has been hard at work on her new book "Storytelling Art Studio". Some of you may remember that I was super lucky to play with Cathy in her studio in North Carolina last year. I can say first hand how gorgeous her paintings are and how this book would be an excellent edition to your library.


Enkaustikos On Sale This Weekend April 20 2017, 0 Comments

All Enkaustikos products are on sale for 15% off starting this Friday!

Stock up on your favourite Enkaustikos products!

Use coupon code: 15%FORYOU

Plus you can pre-order Opals, Interference, and Slick Wax. These items go as fast as they come in - so get yours today!

Sale runs April 21st to 23rd.

Online sales only. One coupon code per transaction.

All orders with backordered items will ship when backordered items arrive. (Usually within 1-2 weeks depending on customs)

Encaustic Art - The Original Unboxing Video April 02 2017, 0 Comments

Check out the new unboxing video I created for the new Starter Set by Encaustic Art - the Original.

To Purchase Click Here

The waxes in the Starter Set now include: 01, 02, 44, 06, 23, 08, 31, 10, 46, 24, 12, 48, 13, 15, 27, & 16.

It has 30 x A6 and 10 x A5 painting cards plus the metal scribe.

The instructions now come in French, Spanish, German & Dutch.

Encaustic Art Starter Set

Class News & Rebranding of Encaustic Art March 26 2017, 0 Comments

Rebranding has started for 
Encaustic Art - The Original!

Encaustic Art - The Original is starting the roll out of their new rebranding. The first item out is the new Starter Set. Over the course of the year they will begin rolling out new branding on the packaging as well as some new items! Can't wait to see what they will be.

The new Starter Set contains:

  • 1 encaustic painting iron
  • 30 x A6 white painting cards
  • 10 x A5 painting cards 
  • 1 Starter Wax set (16 blocks)
  • Metal Scribe Tool
  • 1 Starter Set Guide










Unfortunately due to illness I am having to put all future classes and trips on hold right now. This also means not going to the Encaustic Conference in Provincetown. I am sure you can understand what a huge disappointment this is. I am hoping that we can have a report from some of the other Canadian artists attending that can be shared with everyone. 

The online shop will still be open, but the five day Exploring Encaustic class and other classes are postponed until later this year (fingers crossed). If you were interested in attending, please let me know.

Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to me via Instagram and Facebook. I really appreciate your kind words. It is truly an amazing encaustic community. Big Hugs xo

Happy Painting!

Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Bethany & the Exploring Encaustic Team

Encaustic & Mixed Media Classes with Bethany February 28 2017, 0 Comments

Let's paint! Four new creative classes to help you explore encaustic or mixed media in a fun and relaxing setting. Treat yourself to creative play.

Bethany encaustic and mixed media classes in March 2017

 Exploring Encaustic 2017


Local Artist, World Event February 20 2017, 1 Comment

For Immediate Release Bethany & Peter Haubrich Encaustic grant

Local artist’s big trip down South made possible with support from CFSO and the Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund

Bethany Handfield was thrilled when she received the news from Cherie Mittenthal, the organizer of the 11th Annual Encaustic Conference that she was one of only two artists in Canada invited to this prestigious conference in Provincetown, MA via a bursary. There is fierce competition for bursaries as they are open internationally with only nine given out in 2017. There was only one hitch on accepting- the greater expense of getting there.

For those unfamiliar with encaustic, it is a modern take on an ancient style of painting. Pigmented beeswax is applied to a substrate using a heat source as part of the application process. In 2006, Handfield took an encaustic class with local artist and teacher Thea Haubrich and a wonderful relationship began. Said Handfield, “When I took my first class with Thea I was immediately hooked. Encaustic has a beautiful luminosity to it that is unlike any other medium I had worked with. Thea was an amazing and generous teacher so part of the draw was also continuing to learn from her. It was a huge honor in 2011 when Thea invited me to show with her in a dual art exhibition we called Untangled.”

When Thea was unable to continue in her art supply and teaching business due to illness, she asked Bethany to help out.  “I was very reluctant to start teaching at first as Thea was so well respected and knowledgeable on the topic. I could not have done it without her encouragement and support.  I can honestly say that I would not have advanced as far in my practice and career without Thea’s strong encouragement.”

Sadly Thea passed away in 2013 from her illness. Thea’s husband Peter and son Maarten set up the Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund in her honor with the Community Foundation South Okanagan (CFSO). The goal of the foundation is to encourage other artists wanting to learn encaustic through bursaries that would help them with educational costs. Bethany Handfield is the 2017 recipient of the fund and will be using the bursary to facilitate her journey to the Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts in July.  

“I am so appreciative to the Community Foundation and the Shatford Centre for supporting my application. It has a deeper meaning coming from the Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund and evokes great emotion. Thea and I had always hoped to go to this conference together and because of the fund, CFSO is helping to make part of that dream a reality. I will forever be grateful to her for bringing the gift of encaustic into my life and for her encouragement of my artistic growth.”

Bethany was the Meadowlark Nature Festival artist in 2015 and exhibits art frequently in the Okanagan. She continues to teach and is the coordinator of the WE: Project at the South Okanagan Women in Need Society which brings nurturing creative classes to the women and children that SOWINS’ serves. She has been nominated in the PDCAC Art Awards’ Visual Arts & Arts Educator categories for the past several years and was recently published as a guest artist in Linda Robertson’s foundational text Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax (2nd Edition).

Over the next few months Bethany will be teaching art classes to help raise funds for her trip, including Exploring Encaustic, the 4th annual 5 day encaustic class, that will be held at SOWINS with partial proceeds from class fees being donated to the SOWINS’ WE: Project.  

Bethany Encaustic Penticton Herald


I Love SOWINS! February 06 2017, 0 Comments

Exploring Encaustic Loves SOWINS
I am so excited to announce that the majority of my future encaustic classes will now be held at the South Okanagan Women in Need Society in their Training Room. 

This means that a portion from all class fees will do directly to SOWINS' programs and services that support women and children on their journey overcoming the effects of violence and abuse. 

When you take an art class from me not only are you nurturing yourself, you will also be supporting SOWINS and they work that they do. What a win win!

Please be on the look out for upcoming classes. My next encaustic classes will be on Feb 25th & March 18th plus the 5 day Exploring Encaustic in April :)

I will also be teaching some mixed media classes too.
Keep an eye on the newsletter for more news.