Painted with Chocolate

I have painted with many media. Yesterday I ran an encaustic art workshop. At Burnie, I demonstrated painting on silk last weekend. I am about to deliver three miniatures painted in oil paint and I have a commissioned acrylic on canvas to be collected this week. Most of my adult students like to learn watercolour. One of the awards I have won is a TasArt one for a work in soft pastel and have also done art in coloured pencil, kiln fired paintings onto glass, scraperboard and more. But the most unusual, and probably the most difficult, is painting with chocolate. The works here are all painted with chocolate. Lovely rich dark chocolate from local chocolate maker Anvers melts so beautifully, but I also use the lighter toned milk chocolate and white chocolate which often needs the addition of a little copha to obtain a suitable paint consistency. This is coloured with powdered dyes for chocolate for the colourful works.snowy peaks

The Nut, Stanley, Tasmania


painted with chocolate

painted with chocolate

I hope you enjoy this novel painting medium… if you are brave enough, have a go. I used fingers and palette knives to apply the chocolate to canvas boards. Judging from the hundreds of people stopping to watch, it is entertaining and I had two TV crews film and interview me for a snippet for the evening news. A fun day and a fantsatic event every July in Latrobe Tasmania. A must do for chocaholics or those who like something a bit different.

Jan – Feb 2012 Workshops details



TUTOR: Evelyn Antonysen (award winning artist and registered teacher)

51 George St Forth. ph 0364282675. Mob 0419282673


 SATURDAY JANUARY 21.  10a.m  to 4p.m. Working with watercolour and Inktense Pencils.

I will demonstrate working on a bird painting but you may choose a different subject if preferred. Materials provided or bring your own. Inktense available for purchase @ $11 for 6, $22 set 12, $44 set 24, $60 set 36, $120 set 72 (2 weeks notice required to order). Watercolour pencils/crayons prices vary depending on brand. ph 03 64282675. Class full day $35.

FRIDAY JANUARY 27. 10 a.m. to 12 noon Watercolour with a Zen Influence.

Learn to enjoy the freedom of this approach to watercolour. Using soft brushes be free from the restraint of filling in between the lines. A meditative approach to painting. Paint a gentle snowfall scene on Saunders Waterford paper. Tuition $15, Materials if required,  Paper $2 (quarter sheet 300gsm rough), brushes 1″ hake ($4), rigger ($2.50), Chinese calligraphy goat hair $7, W/C paints and gouache supplied on a disposable take home plate $5). All other equipment provided free of charge.


Tuition $30. Materials on a user pays basis. Options: paint a scarf, a panel for a bag or cushion,  or make some silk jewellery or cards. Phone for more details or to discuss needs.


Pure fun but you will be amazed how much you learn from this liberating activity….. colour mixing, paint thickness, pressure variations, when to stop, avoiding “mud”. $20 (materials included).

WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY. 1 to 3 pm.  Working with kiln formed glass.

Make a dichroic glass pendant and a small creative work from tin float glass and kiln fired paints. Work will need collecting  at a later date after firing. Bring safety goggles/glasses and a glass cutter if you have them. Limit 5 people.  $30 includes all materials, firing, pendant finding, etc. You may purchase extra materials and stay longer at no extra charge to  make more if you wish.

See my new (in progress) glass wedsite at

TUESDAY 21st FEBRUARY 10 am to 12 noon 3D WITH POLYMER CLAY and bread dough.

Start by making a fun mouse then progress to jewellery and small figurines. $30 includes your own supply of a variety of colours of polymer clay and some findings. Learn how to make bread dough which dries like porcelain. Revival of an old technique for making feminine jewellery items in times of eonomic hardship.

Workshops Jan, Feb 2012

I am back home, many hundreds of photos later. Loads of inspiration. Wonderful catching up with family and friends. Now busy with commissions (bad luck about Christmas). Spent last night organising New year art sessions. I spaced this lot more (hope it suits Natalia).

 Includes Inktense Pencil (Jan 21), Watercolour with a Zen influence (Jan 27), Silk Painting Feb 3, Finger Painting for Adults 6 Feb, Kiln formed Glass 17 Feb, 3D with Polymer Clay 23 Feb.  For more details see post Dec 24 or ph 03 64282675 or leave a message and I will email you.