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
Beading Up?? Frequently encaustic printmakers ask how to resolve the issue of beading on the HOTbox plate. What is the #1 reason HOTbox plates bead up? The answer is wax. Certain transparent colors of wax are of a chemical nature that causes the wax to separate on the plate, i.e. Green Gold or Indian Yellow, synthetic pigments, etc. Wax used for cleaning that is not fully removed from the plate and possibly begins to permeate the plate or at least build up on the plate over time.Adding wax or medium to your plate while printing will increase ...Read More
I’m passionate about stencil making! Heat resistant stencils allow me to use my hand-drawn doodles over and over again. One stencil can create hundreds of prints that never look identical. The wonderful by-product of this process is that a used stencil, covered in ink and wax can be a thing of beauty that begs to be used in your artwork. In this post, I will provide a step-by-step process for making your own heat resistant stencils from a hand-drawn doodle. I provide instructions for cutting a stencil by hand and for using a Cricut Maker. Stencil Making ...Read More
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