SPUN GOLD: Spunbonded Lutradur and Encaustic Wax

Discover the luminescence of encaustic wax combined with Lutradur: How to cut, dye, collage, rust, shape and heat-distress to create filigreed surface

Excerpts From the Course

Over 60 minutes of instruction for just USD $75.00!
* Please note: Spun Gold is a remastered video included in Painting with Fire 2021/2022

Course Summary

Create luminous sculptures, illuminated art, and dimensional paintings with Lutradur – a translucent, lacy spunbonded textile that can be cut, dyed, collaged, rusted, shaped and heat-distressed to create exquisite filigreed surfaces.  Discover the marvelous luminesce of encaustic wax and pigment when combined with this marvelous fibre.

In this class you’ll learn surface preparation and design, and the many possibilities of Lutradur: staining, heat-distressing, fusing, layering, printing, surface detailing, lighting, safety tips, and more.  
* Please note: Spun Gold is a remastered video included in Painting with Fire 2021/2022

I - Introduction

  • What are Spunbonded Fibres and Lutradur?

II - Materials, Supplies, and Safety

  • Materials, tools, supplies
  • Health and safety  

III - Colouring and Dying Lutradur

  • Colouring and dying 
  • Setting the colours 
  • Rusting Lutradur

IV - Collaged Lutradur

  • Cutting the Lutradur 
  • Waxing Lutradur 
  • Lutradur transparency and working with light 
  • Planning your design 
  • Preparing a hard substrate 
  • Building 3-dimensional layers 
  • Fusing layers 
  • Preparing Lutradur base 
  • Thinning wax buildup

V - Distressed Lutradur

  • Distressing Lutradur with embossing tool 
  • Using forms to shape Lutradur 
  • Freehand shaping of Lutradur

VI - Inkjet Printing on Lutradur

  • The difference between Laser and Inkjet printers 
  • Adding printed text 
  • How to create flat, lacy Lutradur

VII - Highlighting and Surface Treatment

  • Working with Pan Pastels 
  • Working with Pigment Sticks 
  • Working with Pearl Ex Powder
  • Working with Pigmented Wax 
  • Fusing the highlights 
  • Carving into the surface 
  • Over-Fusing 
  • Adding surface texture with a Stylus, and Wax Writer

VIII - Display and Maintenance

  • Hanging and lighting your work
  • Buffing your work
  • Protecting your work 

IX - Conclusion

  • References and Resources

Shary Bartlett

Shary Bartlett is an artist living in Vancouver, Canada. Her mixed media body of work includes encaustic, acrylic, fibre arts, prints, sculptural assemblage, collage and altered photographs. 

She has been a long-time Fine Arts instructor at national and international colleges, universities, art schools, and with online masterclasses.

Course Curriculum

All this for just USD $75.00!

Hear What People Are Saying About Shary Bartlett's Courses

Very informative, explained and demonstrated

"This is the most comprehensive tutorial I've seen on using hot tools. It's very well done with lots of information and the demonstrations are easy to follow"

Ed T.; Review of LUSCIOUS LINES: Writing with Encaustic Wax Tools

Great Class!

"Wonderful class. Very informative and the resourses section is nice to have for a quick reference."

Stacy C.; Review of LUSCIOUS LINES: Writing with Encaustic Wax Tools

Lots of good info!

"Best video on how to use encaustic hot tools. Shary really spells it out so you can see which tools will work best for the lines you want to make."

Jane K.; Review of LUSCIOUS LINES: Writing with Encaustic Wax Tools

Good Class, thanks Shary!

"This was a helpful overview of various hot tools and techniques for encaustic painting."

Leslie S.; Review of LUSCIOUS LINES: Writing with Encaustic Wax Tools

Such an Informative Course

"I learned so much from this course and my encaustic surfaces are so much better now that I have implemented some of your tips. Thank you!!"

Katherine C.; Review of SMOOTH: How to Create Glassy Encaustic Surfaces course

"Shary is an inspired and inspiring artist and instructor. Her many students, both beginning and experienced artists, give her rave reviews and ask when they can take another course with her!"

Coordinator, Continuing Studies Division, Capilano University 

"One of our most respected instructors at Langara Continuing Studies Visual Art for many years, Shary brings a fresh and thorough approach to her teaching with a variety of exciting and innovative courses. Shary has an engaging and informative approach that students find both educational and fun at the same time".
Jeff Burgess

Coordinator Visual Arts and Commercial Illustration,
Langara College Continuing Studies

"Shary's workshop was a really enjoyable, educational day. I learnt an incredible amount about the art of encaustic and left with a piece I can hang on my wall. Shary was knowledgeable about her subject and able to impart that knowledge with ease. She was wonderfully generous with materials. A day well spent and a class I can highly recommend."
Leanne Bishop

Ruby Dog's Art House

"I really enjoyed Shary's class. It was exactly what I needed to feel motivated and excited about art again. She is a wonderful teacher. I have been an adult educator for thirty years so I don't say this lightly."


"After having taken several art courses at the college level, I found this class to be above and beyond what I have taken in the past. The instructor was excellent. Excellent course. The instructor was very well-organized and very giving of her time and knowledge."


"I thoroughly enjoyed the course as it gave me the opportunity to express myself freely and to explore new ideas in a safe and creative environment.