Learn To Burn
 was created for artists who are ready to:

🔥Create distinctive artwork that stands out.

🔥Learn how to safely 
create a Shellac Burn with encaustic.

🔥Gain mastery and control to achieve better results.

🔥Elevate and advance your artwork to attract collectors.

🔥Enhance your current projects and creative work.

🔥Increase your knowledge and build confidence as an artist.

This course is great for beginners and experienced encaustic painters alike.

You will learn how to overcome the common challenges artists face when working with encaustic. 

Learn exactly how to create beautiful 🔥Shellac Burn🔥 effects and incorporate them into your own artworks.  

Create artwork that you truly love and attract collectors. 

Stop wasting time and materials trying to figure out encaustic techniques on your own.

If you want to rapidly advance your technical skills and start making the work you desire then this course is perfect for you. 

The Learn To Burn online course includes...

  • Over 50 HD videos filmed on location in Alicia's studio.
  • Printable and downloadable course resource PDFs.
  • Access to the private Learn to Burn alumni Facebook group.
  • Lifetime access to your course content.

Meet Your Instructor

Course Instructor

Alicia Tormey

Alicia Tormey is an internationally recognized encaustic artist...best known for her unique approaches to working with this wax-based medium and for her development and mastery of the Shellac Burn technique. Her artwork has adorned the cover of Professional Artist Magazine, is featured on a snowboard design for GNU Snowboards, and is included in many public and private collections around the world. Alicia is a full-time artist and instructor who shares her passion and knowledge of encaustic through her Live Painting Workshops and Online Courses.

Payment Options:

Select your payment option to get started! You get LIFETIME ACCESS to every course purchased.

Learn To Burn, students experienced:

✔️ increased art sales 

✔️ entry into juried events

✔️ art competition awards 

✔️ secured gallery representation

✔️ offers to exhibit art

✔️ commission requests

This self-paced course contains all of the techniques that I teach in my Live Workshops and you can replay the lessons as many times as you like.

Techniques featured in this course:

Encaustic Hotpots with Shellac burn sampleShellac Burn Effects: 
You'll learn how to properly work with shellac to create beautiful web-like patterns in your encaustic paintings. The shellac burn technique is one of the most extensive segments of this online course and we go deep into this topic to cover all the nuances of incorporating shellac into your artworks. 

Torching encausticMastering Your Torch: 

Overcome your inhibitions of working with a blowtorch and take your work to the next level. We cover safety and proper handling so you can burn with confidence, and I'll show you how to maximize the performance of your torch.

Priming an encaustic panelHow to Create a Smooth Surface: 

I show you every step required to create a creamy smooth surface so you can move on to techniques that work best when your painting is free of bumps and texture.

Making encaustic paintMaking Encaustic Paint: 

In this course I share with you my perfect recipe to prepare your own batch of encaustic medium made from scratch and how to turn that medium into colored encaustic paint.

Encaustic image transferFlawless Image Transfer: 
This non-toxic photocopy transfer segment is full of useful tips to help you achieve flawless image transfers allowing you to incorporate design and photographic elements into your work.

Making encaustic paint with oilsAdditional Chapters Include:

  • Studio Set Up
  • Choosing a Color Palette
  • Working with Color
  • Mark-making Techniques
  • Safety
  • Troubleshooting
  • and more...

Your art needs to be expressed!

Learn.  Discover.  Create.

  1. 3
  2. 5
    • Priming & Fusing 01-Panel Preparation

    • Priming & Fusing 02 - Priming with a Torch

    • Priming & Fusing 03- Helpful Hints

    • Priming & Fusing 04- Fusing Your Wax

    • Priming & Fusing 05- Building Your Foundation

    • Priming & Fusing 06- Creating a Smooth Surface

    • Priming for a Smooth Surface

  3. 6
    • Working with Color 01- Creating a Base Composition

    • Working with Color 02- Cold Brush Intro

    • Working with Color 03- Cold Brush Demo

    • Opaque & Translucent Color

  4. 7
    • Shellac Burn 1A- Special Effects with Shellac

    • Shellac Burn 1B- Special Effects with Shellac continued...

    • Shellac Burn 02- Creating Burn Variations

    • Shellac Burn 03- Applying Your Shellac

    • Shellac Burn 04- Mastering Your Burn

    • Shellac Burn 05- Helpful Hints With More Shellac

    • Shellac Burn 06- Building Up Your Surface

    • Shellac Burn 07- Working With Multiple Colors

    • Shellac Burn 08- Adding Burns To Create Depth

    • Shellac Burn Guide

    • BONUS: Shellac Q & A

  5. 8
    • Image Transfer - Photocopy Transfer

    • Image Transfer Steps

  6. 9
    • Mark Making 01- Scars and Oil Fills

    • Mark Making 02 - Carbon Transfer

    • Mark Making 03 - Inlaid Line

    • Mark Making 04- Pearl Drops

    • Mark Making 05- Using Stencils

    • Mark Making Highlights

  7. 10
    • 09 Make Your Own Medium

    • Encaustic Medium Recipe

  8. 11
    • Making Color 01: Introduction To Making Color

    • Making Color 02- Oil Paint

    • Making Color 03- Dry Pigment

    • Making Color 04- Ready-Made Wax

    • Making Color 05- Reviewing Color Sources

    • Making Color 06- Opacity & Transparency

    • Making Colored Paint

    • Making Color 07- Opacity in Practice

  9. 12
    • Troubleshooting 01 - Overcoming Common Challenges

    • Trouble Shooting 02- Pockmarks

    • Troubleshooting 03 - Percolation

    • Trouble Shooting 04- Brush Hairs

    • Troubleshooting 05 - Wrap Up

    • Troubleshooting

  10. 13
    • Finishing Touches 01- Cleaning Your Edges

    • Finishing touches 02- Polishing The Surface

    • Finishing touches 03- Hardware

    • Finishing touches 04- Easy Clean Up

    • Finishing Touches

  11. 14
    • Thank You!

    • Thank you note!

  12. 15
    • Glossary of Terms

    • Encaustic Dos & Don'ts

    • Temperature Chart

    • Links & Resources


You have Lifetime Access to all of the course contents!

Be sure to check the FAQ's page for more insights about this course!

You get the same in-depth information shared in the Live Studio Workshops with no need to travel.

Let's work together virtually as I guide you through the encaustic painting process.

Artist holding out encaustic paint brushes

Your course tuition is an educational investment in your own art practice. After all... If you're not willing to invest in yourself ...how can you expect anyone else to invest in your art.