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Featured Artist:
Melanie Wallace

Melanie Wallace - "Center of Attention"

Melanie Wallace's work radiates with the energy of life. Whether channeling her joy about the beauty of the world around her or mourning the death of a loved one, she expresses her deepest desires and impressions in vibrant colors, swooping curves, dynamic lines, and rich shadows. Over the years, she has turned her passion for art into a recognizable style and brand-name. 
Her process is meticulous, organized, and geared towards achieving the highest level of detail. "I have a plan at the beginning of every piece and all my materials organized. I have images and ideas in my head for months before I actually put them on paper.”
Melanie's perfectionism gives her an intense drive to create new work and strive to achieve greater feats in every composition. “I never run out of ideas. I paint and I forget all about my surroundings. Sometimes I get so involved I sit for so many hours without eating, drinking, then I suddenly look up to find out, I need to move around! I simply get lost in it.” 

Melanie Wallace - "Harmony"

"The Icarus Board is the best tool ever for working with wax colored pencils, hands down! There is nothing like it on the market and I enjoy using it and use it on every piece. I like my colored pencil artwork saturated and solid, leaving no colored pencil lines and no white canvas. Due to the heat of the Icarus Board it pretty much melts the colored pencils onto the canvas or paper and I have to use a lot less pressure to achieve this and hence saving my wrist, which used to hurt after every painting. In addition to this, the Icarus Board allows for many other new techniques with colored pencils otherwise not doable. The fact that one can lift off color without an eraser and without damaging the surface is a life saver for a colored pencil artist. And if this wasn't enough, Ester Roi the inventor of the Icarus Board, also gives away all her tips and tricks on her website or even via classes. It's simply a must have if one is into colored pencils. The Icarus makes it less meticulous." - Melanie Wallace

Canvas and the
Icarus Board


On October 12, 2013, at 10:00 AM, Ester will have a demonstration on how to work with canvas on the Icarus Drawing Board using colored pencil and wax pastel. This will be held during the CPSA San Diego chapter meeting. The location is : Serra Mesa- Kearny Mesa Library, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA. For more information please email Ester at


Frequently Asked  Questions About
the Icarus Board

How do I use different temperature settings on the Icarus Drawing Board?

In general the Icarus board needs to be set at its maximum temperature to melt artist crayons and oil pastels or to create mono-types with Lyra Aquacolors.
A medium to low temperature setting is suggested for blending and burnishing colored pencils.
Low temperature setting is best for layering without blending.
These are just general guidelines. There are many variables that need to be considered such as surface used, how heavy or light-handed an artist is, personal style, and more.

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