What is Encaustic Painting?
Encaustic is a waxed-based medium, that consists of beeswax and damar resin, a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent. The encaustic painting process involves heat at every stage of the process to apply and fuse the medium. The name Encaustic comes from the greek enkaustikos which means to burn in.
Here you’ll learn about encaustic painting techniques & tools. Whether you’re a beginner learning to paint with encaustic or an experienced artist, I invite you to add your comments to share your knowledge and inspiration about art and All Things Encaustic.
Encaustic Wax Painting Tips, Product Reviews, & Tutorials for Beginners and experienced artists alike
DISCLAIMER Do your own research, I am not a fire safety expert. Carefully review the manufacturer’s operational and safety procedures for all equipment and art materials. Ruth Maude (allthingsencaustic.com) expressly disclaims any liability resulting from reliance upon the views or opinions expressed in this blog article and makes no representations, warranties, or claims of any kind concerning the accuracy or completeness of the information presented here. When working with encaustic tools, fire safety precautions should be in place and all artists in the studio need to be aware of what these precautions are. Wax Fire If wax ...Read More
I'm a member at Propeller Art Gallery, an artist-run gallery in Toronto. This Summer I co-organized a group show. If you find yourself hanging an art show, you may find these tips helpful. First of all, check with the gallery as they may have a hanging system and their own recommendations for you to follow. You may want to first read these tips for framing and wiring your paintings. Hang art by its center and use a standard height throughout the exhibition. The rule of thumb is to hang art at eye-level, with the centre of the ...Read More
I've noticed a few people asking in Facebook groups for advice to organize their art studio. My art studio is the most organized space in my house. Perhaps this is because when I'm stuck in the painting process I start tidying. Here are some tips for how I have organized my art studio workspace. Tips for organizing your art studio Here's an amazon shopping list for products mentioned in this post: Amazon Shopping List Shelf and Baskets: I have a tall second-hand shelf to the right of where I work (I'm right-handed). The shelf is filled with ...Read More
Last week I had the privilege of attending an encaustic monotype and silkscreen workshop co-taught by Paula Roland and Jeff Hirst. It was so luxurious to have an entire week to experiment with encaustic monotypes and to watch and learn from Paula and Jeff. Thanks also to Paula for encouraging me to share these tips and tools on this blog. 10 Tools for Encaustic Monotype Printmaking 1. The Roland HOTbox The Roland HOTbox is the best tool for encaustic monotype printmaking. To use the Roland HOTbox pigmented wax is melted on the anodized aluminum plate. Using tools, the artist ...Read More
Scraping is part of the encaustic painting process but this can feel wasteful. What do you do with encaustic scrapings? Believe me I know that you don't want to throw away all the beautiful encaustic paint that you've applied and then scrapped off a panel. Here's how to ensure that that precious encaustic medium doesn't go to waste. 3 ways to reuse wax scrapings 1. Create a harmonizing colour: When you're working on a painting if you throw scrapings into a pot you can create a powerful neutral colour, a harmonizing colour that can help all of ...Read More
When I want to know things I tend to go to the bottom and gather knowledge and experience from different sources. Then I try out the facts/statements in my own practice. For me it’s important to not just know how things work, but also why. So now I have painted with encaustic for some time and feel I have pretty much a good picture of the basics. In most areas, except one. A discussed topic with a lot of different opinions. I guess tradition is interfering with new approaches. Good old facts are challenged by new science ...Read More
When students come to an encaustic workshop with a pre-planned project and high expectations that they will be taking home a fabulous and finished work of art, they often don't give themselves permission to play and embrace the process of art-making. Commit to the process, detach from the outcome!! To help students commit to the process and detach from the outcome, I begin my workshops having students recite the Art-day vow. My Art-day vow Put your hand on your heart and repeat after me... I vow to welcome this day with open arms. I promise to let ...Read More