Jeremy Ashburn: Hey guys, I'm Jeremy Ashburn and I've got Julia Fosson here.
Julia Fosson: Hey Jeremy.
Jeremy Ashburn: Today, we're actually just asking her some of the questions that her clients usually ask her. What would you say the main question that people ask about your florals?
The Technique for Creating Her Florals
Julia Fosson: Well, this is a different technique, so when you come in to my studio, you'll see lots of different styles that I do. I work with beeswax and demar and pigment. What I use for this, is I start with ten layers of wax and then I paint with ink. Then, I burn some of the ink off and I paint more ink on, then I burn some off. Then, I finish it with the last coat of beeswax with demar to protect it. This is a technique that I started doing because I had a large commission to do. I had a four foot by three foot commission that somebody had asked me to do and I wanted to tighten up my florals. I wanted to make sure I had something a little more wispy. I wanted stemware. I didn't want them to be in vases and they were always in vases. I thought, "That's kind of weird." I didn't like it because it was like a blob of vase.
I wanted to have some kind of stemware to it. Then, I started just experimenting with all different types of inks and paints and I ended up with this style. Since then, it's been very popular. This particular one is the one that didn't make it. My commission process is that I do two. If you want one, I do two because as much as you don't think you know what you want, you know you don't want it when you see it. I always do two. If you're spending that much money on something, you should have a choice. I feel like it's important that you have a choice because it's going to be yours and hanging on your wall, so I want you to be really happy with it. I'll do two very similar ones and then you can have the choice. This is the one that didn't go with the family.
The Beauty of Wax & Encaustic Ink
The beautiful thing about this is that the ink is reactive. I can put different colors in different places and it'll react. It'll create a different look. The buds are just so delicious because they're so tiny, but they've got a lot to them. This inside interior area where you can create little teeny new blossoms or new buds, are kind of hidden. Someone referred to this as 'Bill the Cat' from the cartoon, is that Gary Trudeau? It's one of the Trudeaus, anyway. 'Bill the Cat' is like, aah because it's all wispy and crazy. These have been extremely popular and now that I pretty much just do them by commission. I have prints available for most of them.
Jeremy Ashburn: It kind of looks like a cross between watercolor and pen and ink.
Julia Fosson: Yes. A lot of people actually think they are watercolor, especially the printed ones. They look like watercolor because they're done on watercolor paper. I think it's because it's so liquid looking that it does look like a watercolor because the color is so vibrant. Then, it's protected by that last coat of wax, which is really nice.
Jeremy Ashburn: Does the last coat of wax make it pop a little bit? Obviously in video, you can't tell the same way when you're in person, but it really just pops right off the canvas.
Julia Fosson: I think it creates a little subtlety to it, but it also creates more of a three dimensional component to it.
Jeremy Ashburn: Definitely. They're fabulous.
Julia Fosson: Thank you.
Jeremy Ashburn: Thanks a lot. Now, if you want to see more, just go to JuliaFosson.com. You can reach her through social media or call her, email her. Just don't wake her up in the middle of the night.
Julia Fosson: No. Thank you Jeremy.
Jeremy Ashburn: Thanks a lot.